Animal Wrongs

Trigger warning: I’m about to talk about animals and my views are very human.

Let me just be frank: I don’t think animals have rights. I don’t. I think the fact that it is a crime punishable by jail time if someone wants to buy dogs and train them to fight each other. I don’t think it’s right and people should do it, but if you pay money for a dog, it’s your dog. Do with it what you please.

I know, I know. I’m a heartless animal-hating wench. But let’s get serious here. We, humans, are the dominant species. We use animals to survive. We do sometimes abuse animals, and again, it’s not right or a good thing to do, but it is not the worst thing like some people make it out to be. I know it’s old news, but Michael Vick became like this blasphemer for dogfighting, and was it really that big of a deal? Honestly they made a bigger deal out of that than the Ray Rice situation. You cannot tell me that’s okay.

Don’t even get me started on vegans and vegetarians. Like if you do it because you have to or for health reasons, fine, but if you’re doing it because you feel bad for the animals, stop. We raise these animals to kill them. It’s not like we’re hunting them down to extinction (in most cases) and killing them off for profit. They know basically from the day they’re born that they were brought into this world to serve a human. Actually they don’t know, because their minds aren’t developed like ours. Sorry ’bout it.

Honestly it pretty much comes down to the fact that I hate how people get so upset and up in arms about things that are dismal compared to big problems in the world. I have a very soft spot for elephants. I really do. I love them with most of my tiny black heart. I hate that poaching is still a huge problem. It sickens me. However, if it comes down to donating to a charity to help elephants and helping a charity that helps humans in danger, like slavery or refugee camps, I’m going to help the humans.

I know we need all the animals here in order to sustain our ecosystem. I get it. They are important. but I am saying maybe take it down a notch or 10. Your golden retriever is not more important than any child on this planet. He’s just not.



Self Preservation

Happy New Year to my loyal readers. Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I want to resolve to write more this year. Tell all your friends.

In the spirit of the new year, and a new semester for me at college, I wanted to address something so cliché but so important in my life, and it’s happiness. I hate the whole idea of people saying “do what makes you happy” as if that’s how we’re supposed to live. I don’t believe that. I do, however, believe that you should be happy in what you’re doing, and that depends on you alone.

That sounds really contradictory, but you know I’m going to explain. To the first statement: don’t live your life making every decision just because it makes you happy. That’s bogus. Happiness is a moving target. If you’re constantly chasing this idea of being happy, you’ll never be content and satisfied in your life. That being said, if you don’t like something about your life and it makes sense to change it, change it. But don’t run around doing whatever your heart desires from day to day. Live. Just live. Life isn’t actually short. It’s the longest thing you’ll ever do. I know, another cliché, but it’s true.

My contradiction- you should be happy. There is nothing worse than living a life where you are dissatisfied all the time. It’s just not a good way to live. It’s not healthy, and it’s kind of a waste. I think people often do this to themselves when they let their happiness depend on someone else’s. Of course, be empathetic, and try to help the people you love if they are not happy, but there has to be a balance. I read something recently that said, “Try to help your friend if they’re burning, but don’t set yourself on fire in doing so.” That’s my mantra. The people that live with this dark cloud constantly over their head often do it to themselves. Obviously there are situations like abuse or something like that where the person may actually be trapped, but the people I’m thinking of are in no such situation, they just live like there’s nothing left to live for. If you’re in a relationship with someone like that, I advise you to get out. Okay, I don’t know all of you or how your relationships work, but something should change if their misery is interfering with your own contention.

I’m being selfish. I’m a selfish person. But you know what? Life is a selfish thing. You have to be selfish in order to survive. What I have come to understand is that you should never be sorry for being happy. I have had friends go through rough patches of life, and for a while I would not tell them how I’m doing because I was doing great. And that’s not fair. Why should I feel bad because I have a good hand this round? I shouldn’t. I realized that. There are times when I’m the one not doing so well, and it sucks, but life moves very fast and more often than not I’ll be winning the next round. Of course be a decent person, you don’t have to rub it in your hurting friend’s face that your life seems perfect. But when I ask my friends how they’re doing and they say “not so great,” I listen to what their going through, offer my advice if necessary, then let them handle it. If they need help of course I help, but when they ask how I’m doing, I refuse to lie if I’m actually doing well. you shouldn’t be ashamed of being happy. Ever.

I hope some of this makes sense. I just think people need to smile more. Life isn’t that serious. I believe that. Maybe I have a super idealistic view, or maybe it’s just because I’ve seen worse situations that most people can fathom. Smile, people. You’ll feel better. 🙂