Causes have a tendency to talk about what you CAN DO within their cause, and why you should never put that cause on a shelf temporarily, even if it’s taking up so much room in your life that you are overwhelmed.
If you’re not saving the shelter dogs and cats..
If you’re not saving the whales.
If you’re not plastic-free, cruelty-free, GMO-free, local-eating.
If you’re not advocating against rape.
If you’re not advocating against racism
If you’re not advocating for abused and neglected children.
If you’re not advocating for breastfeeding and natural child birth and baby wearing and car seat use.
If you’re not involved in politics.
If you’re not advocating for small farms and local-grown, and if you don’t have a backyard garden with backyard chickens.
If you’re not trying to save the bees, worried about the disappearance of oranges and bananas.
If you’re not passionate about vaccines – either passionately for or against them..
If you’re not supporting a child’s right to a public education while supporting the right of parents to homeschool..
You have abandoned human decency.
That’s not even getting into clean water causes and vaccines for other countries causes. Adoption of foreign children. Making adoption more humane. That’s not venturing into gun-rights or anti-gun passions. That’s not touching on even a fraction of the things that people feel passionate about.
No one person is meant to carry the weight of all of the things that are important in this world. We cannot. The most effective advocates are those that singlemindedly devote their attention to a cause. This, by its very nature, cuts out all of the other valuable causes that exist.
Today I’m clearing my head of the guilt that comes from not being involved in some causes that were once of utmost importance to me.
I cannot devote energy to all things without everything suffering. I will choose the causes where I feel I am able to make the most impact.