It often feels like a fruitless endeavor: trying to make the world a better place. Heart wrenching stories seem to be generating faster and faster, one right after the other. It feels like evil lurks around every corner. And attempting to thwart the efforts of criminals or right the wrongs from their successes is overwhelming. Seeing injustice makes some people react; they jump, spring in to action and do what it is in their capacity to fix it, while others sit by and just watch it happen.
Too much of the time it feels like those trying to right the wrongs are in the minority, while evil triumphs. The lack of empathy, the amount of people who turn their heads, who remain apathetic, contribute to the overwhelming hurtful deeds of the selfish, ignorant, uneducated and sometimes downright twisted individuals. Those who delve in to the dark world of saving lives sometimes find themselves alone, burnt out and often hopeless. For every life that is saved, thousands more slip away. With every effort of taking down the bad guy, thousands more get away.
Those who live in the trenches on a daily basis see the world for how it truly is; they see the worst of humanity, and while they try ferociously to wade through the sea of despair, they are spurred on by the innate need to fix what is broken. They lay down in the murky waters just to help the victims rise up out of the depths of chaos. They battle the unspeakable horrors that prey on the helpless and wage a war against the attackers.
Animal advocates have a heart they wear on their sleeve, they have minds that never turn off and bodies they push to the limits. They're sure they have no more tears, their nerves are raw and they are sure their souls are shattered. Yet they press on, day after day, witnessing the hideous acts of mankind, the unbelievable tragedies that come to those who can't say anything.
They fight with every breath they take, while screaming on the inside. They flail their arms in frustration and hug their pets, and take one more step even when they think they can't.
They bleed and they die every day. They are unsung heroes in every corner of the world. You may not see them. They tend to the needy, perform acts of kindness, sign petition after petition. They stand alone or together in the name of what is right, even when it appears pointless. They write until their fingers hurt, urging politicians to change laws. They speak until they're hoarse, trying to educate others on the welfare of animals. They feed the strays, return lost pets, light candles, pray, gather together to mourn and cry. And they die, a little every day.
The world is a dark, sinister place and while most people choose to believe otherwise, it is the do-gooders that know the truth, that fight every day for the injustices all over the world. It feels as though we are the minority, that we will never win. We don't just fight the evil, we fight those who don't care to do anything about it. We try our best to pick away at the problems and when we have come together to move a mountain, there are that many more telling us it can't be done. Apathy is evil and it is cowardly.
It may be dark where we live, cleaning up other people's messes, but we do our best to shine a light and rise above. Because our resolve to right the wrongs is much stronger than the apathy of others. Our will to save the souls evil has tried to take is stronger than evil itself. We push ourselves forward because we know of no other way. We continue to die a little every day, all in the name of animal rights and those who can't speak for themselves. We are animal advocates and our love is what gives us hope.
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