I personally met a Facebook “friend” who claimed to be a vegetarian. I even lived with her for a short while. She finally admitted that she was vegetarian except for chicken and turkey. WTF?! I overheard her telling a neighbor how she would go out and get her burgers and burritos and not eat them around me. Even her activism was a farce. She wouldn’t dare mention anything about it to a person face-to-face for fear of a raised eyebrow. It turns out that she had no real friends except for the activist community she had met on Facebook.
The fact of the matter is that we accept anyone who claims to be for the voiceless. This is nothing bad, but we open the doors for those who simply want to be accepted somewhere —- anywhere. In her case, she loves her virtual celebrity status. Everyone on FB thinks she’s a wonderful “activist” because she comments on and shares most everything. I must admit that (at least in the virtual community) she does more than what some people do. There are those who don’t even share because their real friends and family may see.
What’s important is that we are blameless in our own eyes and we know that no animal suffers or dies because of our actions and lifestyle. We also must continue to spread awareness. We can’t worry about those who are not what they claim to be. We have to keep working to change the world by educating the ignorant.
Keep on preaching!
∞ “The most important thing is transforming our minds, for a new way of thinking, a new outlook: we should strive to develop a new inner world.” – Dalai Lama
∞ “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” ~ Albert Einstein
∞ “And those who dismiss love for our fellow creatures as mere sentimentality overlook a good and important part of our humanity. But it takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal. And it is actually within us to grant them a happy life and a long one.” – Joaquin Phoenix | EARTHLINGS