What IS the use? Sometimes I buckle under a weighty sense of futility. But that is just where another inner voice protests, '...future outcomes (or the hope of particular outcomes) are not the reasons for action! If we care, there is no choice!' In a sort of mental/emotional mutiny against the tide of news from Europe and the Middle East, two cogent points have been ringing in my mind for the past few days regarding my own capabilities and activism. First of all, for as long as I am here and able, I am determined to spend my time standing up for the planet and other beings (some of them human!) The other obvious point is to be present to appreciate the good life I have in this beautiful part of the world. These are my most important jobs. Is optimism necessary? No.
|A climate rally at Pacific Gas & Electric|
|Annie and me - at SF March for Elephants|
|At SFSPCA - more fuzz therapy!|
|From a practice walk yesterday; walk-pilgrimage set to resume April of next year.|