Finding hope in a hopeless situation

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Kahlill Smith
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Is anyone else feeling the hopelessness that I am? How is everyone making a change and coping with the current cruelty happening?
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It helps a lot to find a vegan support circle where you can retract yourself in a bubble of safety and become blissfully ignorant about the world for a good moment. Sometimes it's hard to ignore the cries of all the innocents around us, but the truth is that the world is not going to change overnight. So the best thing you can do is take good care of your mental health, take a step back from the gigantic scale at which cruelty is happening and be content with the difference you're making as an individual. At the end of the day, you're only a single person and you should reflect on your accomplishments accordingly. Don't put them in perspective with everything that's going on, that's neither going to help you nor the animals when you burn yourself out.
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Valerie Shepard
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I second the recommendation to find a vegan circle of friends. It changed my life. And in my opinion, the best way to do it is to look for your local activism groups. I highly recommend joining vigils with the Animal Save movement (https://thesavemovement.org/list-of-save-groups/). It is heartbreaking to see those poor souls on their way to their deaths, but there's a bond that forms with the other people there.

For an easier introduction, I also recommend looking into your local Anonymous for the Voiceless chapter (https://www.anonymousforthevoiceless.org/join). All you need is a device that can play a video, and you can stand in the Cube of Truth, masked, fully anonymous.

What I like the most about this approach is that you solve a lot of the "loneliness" feeling that can come with being a vegan in a carnist world: you find like-minded people, you find support to withstand the pain of knowing the truth, you most likely end up making new friends and acquaintances, and on top of that, you are taking actual, concrete action to change the horrific reality we still live in.
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