The easiest thing we can do is look around and compare our deeds with that of others.
Are we doing enough? Are they?
With social media, we get even easier access to seeing what other individuals are up to. That way we can forget about what is on our to-do list and instead stalk someone else.
Since we all sometimes get a bit critical of others and think we have it more figured out than they do, I want to remind you to focus on what you can do for other animals first.
That way you don’t fall down the hole of judgment, but do what you can do. Why spend our precious time thinking less of others when we have so much to do and accomplish?
Right now, millions and millions of beings are being killed for our own selfish reasons. The time that you spend looking at someone’s Instagram account and judging them for their actions, could be spent doing your work, whatever that work is.
Before you become a part of the vegan police, ask yourself:
- What have I done in the past 24 hours to help someone else?
- Am I satisfied with my current routine as an activist?
- How could I improve my work as an animal advocate?
Answering these three questions will help you step back and see if you truly find value in being an asshole to other vegans who are doing whatever they can at that moment.
Yes, they could be doing more but so could you.
Instead, try looking at the big picture and seeing how when we all work together and do the smallest task possible every day, we achieve progress.
The world doesn’t need perfect people, it just needs people who are making progress every day.
Focus on what you can do for other animals. Focus on how your talents and resources can be of service to the greater good. Every person has unique powers, so use yours!
If you are focused on what others are doing, you can’t fully express your authentic talents. Every second you spend stalking someone else, you are betraying your values and your vision for the world.
Look around. Billions of individuals are depending on you. Focus on what you can do for them.
You can do plenty.