Your Thoughts Thursday: Influence
Happy Earth Day! Stereotypically, the vegan community tends to be a more tree eating hugging crowd, but there is one school of thought both vegans and eco-enthusiasts have to overcome. “One person can’t make a difference.” Many people maintain this reasoning as they guzzle down their soda and toss the aluminum cans in the trash by the dozen or chew their steak while pondering over animal suffering. But not only does one person make a difference, that one person influences the ideas of many and gets thoughts and curiosities flowing in the community at large. It could be that “one person doesn’t make a difference” is just an excuse to avoid making a seemingly inconvenient, yet necessary change, or maybe it’s a legitimate fear those who want to make a difference have, but either way it’s a rationale that slows progress in any direction. So my thoughts raise a few questions today. Have you personally witnessed your lifestyle, whether green or vegan, influence someone in your life to make a positive change in their own lifestyle?
- Does your vegan lifestyle lead you to make more eco-friendly decisions or visa versa?
- Do you ever feel defeated by being “just one person?
- What are some eco-friendly things that would be simple for people to do, but are commonly overlooked?
- Do you think Earth Day is a good idea, or just an excuse for the public to repent one day a year for the eco-sins they commit the other 364?