I was having a conversation with a friend last night and "the question" came up again. The same one that is so often put to me. It's this: "Gina, why are you so angry about FILL IN THE BLANK." And here is my answer: "Because no one else is and someone needs to be."
At least it seems like no one else is sometimes, though I know that's not literally true. But it's close enough to piss me off. I would love to be able to just kick back, relax and watch someone else be angry about, say, sexism or racism or speciesism. I would love to say, "Right on! You tell 'em!" But rarely does that happen. What I see is people ignoring it. They can't be bothered. No one steps up to the plate, so I have to. SOMEONE has to.
I know people who say, "Oh, yeah, that's wrong, but I can't focus on that because I don't want that negativity in my life." Which to me is lazy, cowardly and selfish. Completely understandable though. Who doesn't want to be that person sometimes? I would LOVE to be that person.
But I don't have it in me and I think that if more people felt the way I do, then maybe more change would start to happen in the world.
Last night I joked that I was probably born into the wrong era because it seems like all the important, winnable (sp?) wars have already been fought. Not completely won, of course-there are aways more little battles to fight-but others have thrown themselves down on the sword already. The fight to live in a world that is kinder to animals and the environment will not be won. People are just too selfish and will not listen. That is heartbreaking to me, but there it is. It will be the end of us but not enough people give a shit about that. They just want their steaks and for me (and others) to shut up about it.
But, I'm an opinionated bitch and I will never shut up.
I was also told last night that all this "righteous anger" and worry can't be good for my heath. That's probably true but, like I said, if not me, then who?
Yes, I'm sure I'm a huge asshole, but feel free to tell me so anyway. Let it all out. Get pissed. It will do you good.