I would like an extra 8 hours in my day, please. It’s nearly 2 pm and I haven’t even showered. I HAVE checked on the house and animals I’m watching for a friend, cooked twice, done dishes and laundry, written to-do and grocery lists, and deep-cleaned both fish tanks. I still need to run to 2-3 stores, finish laundry, help my son sew some projects he’s working on, give the dog a bath, check on the house and feed all the animals again, and clean the car.
Tomorrow includes getting my boy off to day care, going to Verizon with my parents to put them on my phone plan, the bank, ordering transcripts, contacting Admissions at the school I’m going to attend, and taking the final admissions test.
I haven’t even listed everything. I’m supposed to spend time with my SO, too, because Sunday/Monday are my only fucking days off. Every goddamn weekend is this fucking full and I am too tired to live. It’s only going to get worse when school starts, I’ll still need to work full time to make it, and the little guy is going to need help with homework.
I am just fucking overwhelmed and exhausted and anxious. I’m sorry for the whining.
Anonymous said: This is NOT a hate message, I'm just a kind observer who wants to make a note. I'm on anon because I feel more comfortable like this. Also, I am not a vegan. Your comment on that vegan post makes it seem like you're saying if you can't be perfect, then don't even try. As if you're saying "You can't stop all suffering, so don't stop any." Care to elaborate?
I’m a vegan
I think veganism is a good thing, for those who have the means to do it—but many people do NOT.
I do not like vegans thinking they are higher than other people because they “cause less suffering”. yes, vegans cause less suffering to meat animals—but they are still blindly (or not so blindly..) supporting industries that literally torture children and if they were asked why they do that, do you know what their (and my!) responses would be?
-it is financially/logically impossible to eat all locally grown food year round
-it is EXTREMELY hard to eat all true organic food all year round
-“but it says it’s organic so it can’t be bad”
-“those people aren’t being slaughtered”
-it would be too time consuming
which are some of the basic arguments of those who are unable to go vegan or don’t want to. veganism can be GREAT, but it’s absolute bullshit when all it does it put someone on a pedestal from which they can look down and insult others who can’t be vegans.
ideally, yes, people would mostly eat vegetarian/vegan, but also ideally, people would have enough money to sustain themselves, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, etc, would not exist, and ideally vegetables would not be grown through what is basically slave labor.
I would argue that every person with the ability to aquire information on veganism/animal rights can be vegan.
Now, hear me out, because I know you’re probably planning to explain why some people can’t eat a plant based diet. I say that because I think veganism is best described as anti-speciesism. It is a moral stance against a prevalent logic of domination against non-human animals. From that, the logical step is to avoid, as far as possible, benefitting from and contributing to speciesism. Aka: lifestyle changes, including dietary ones. The important part is “as far as possible”. If someone has very real difficulties with the lifestyle changes associated with veganism, you could hardly say they’re less of an anti-speciesist because capitalism has forced them into a position where they can’t completely boycott the products of non-human exploitation. Veganism shouldn’t be seen as a purist consumer action against industrialised cruelty, but as a protest against speciesism itself. In that way, whether or not a boycott would reform capitalism to be a little nicer is practically irrelevant, for it’s a refusal to take part in an industry which is inherently exploitative.
With regards to human exploitation under capitalism, it’s slightly more complex in that it isn’t inherently tied to any particular industry, and people interact with capitalism more complexly. You cannot say, for example, that chocolate should not exist in an ideal world because it cannot exist without exploitation. However that is the case with all industries based around non-human animal exploitation - they cannot exist in a form that is non-exploitative, so in a sense we are living the kind of world we want to see.
In order to challenge human exploitation, or other more insidious forms of non-human exploitation (eg. killing “pests”), you must challenge capitalism itself, for it’s to capitalism that these things are inherent, not any one industry. But you cannot boycott capitalism unless you are privaliged enough under it that you can be self-sustainable. Of course, though, lack of inherent exploitation doesn’t mean lack of exploitation, which is where discussing speciesism is important.
I do what I can to minimise my impact on humans though, I buy second hand where available, grow my own food where I can, will not use chocolate/cocoa from unethical sources (I don’t use coffee), and try to make the most ethical choices reasonable to me. But it is not the same as refusing to accept an inherently exploitative, and ideally non-existant, industry, just as boycotting non-organic produce is not the same although that hurts non-human animals too. In those areas I try to do what I can, but as the harm is not inherent it is more difficult.
all fish should be really expensive. Then no one would ever have to audacity to think “oh it’s just a $5 fish, i can stick it in this $10 bowl and it will be fine and i can buy a new one if it dies.”
no, you’re wrong…
I’ve spent so much money in fish/aquarium stuff it scares me to think about