Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and
accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter
with another human being. We should all be thankful
for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
~~ Albert Schweitzer (Out of My Life and Thought)
I relate to those words. I was even criticized for choosing to go overseas to help orphans in Nepal instead of helping children in the United States. How misguided and narrow minded of someone to judge another about whom he or she chooses to devote attention, time and/or financial resources to help.
I know eyes roll for some who stumble upon my website. I just hold onto the knowledge that throughout time, people who challenged the status quo came up against resistance and judgment. It's just the way it is. Criticism and cynicism come with the territory of activism, and especially animal activism. I'm okay with that. I know that caring for animals doesn't mean I care less for humans.
An excerpt from today's Jasper's Blog posting:
"The vast number of animals suffering on this planet due to outdated notions, ignorance and greed must, as Jane Goodall says, be overcome. It must not be tolerated. It is no myth that animals feel deeply. It’s also not anthropomorphism. It’s real. Humans must rethink their treatment of animals and revamp their entire view of what is in the best interest of animals if we ever hope to restore the animal kingdom to its optimal and rightful place on this planet that we all share." READ ENTIRE POST