The simple placement of a word or punctuation mark can completely change the meaning of a sentence, which can change the purpose of a paragraph, an essay, a book, or even the essence of how we live and what we believe.
I am working towards adding more positivity to my life through my language, both verbal and written, as well as my thinking. I am trying to be more mindful, first, how I think about a topic, a conversation, what I hear, and what I read, and then being more mindful about how I respond to my thoughts and all the information that I am ingesting. Note that I said respond, not react. Even by saying that I am responding versus reacting is a positive outlook, and can provide a more positive outcome. Reactions are beneficial in certain situations, especially in an emergency. However, responding means to ingest and process the information, and then formulate a response more mindfully.
One of my whys
When thinking about this post, I wrote the headline, “Why Should We Care About Giving Back to the World?” But, “why should” is such a negative statement and I do not want to offer that negativity. That is not what VegfulLife is about! Retitling it to, “Why We Should Care About Giving Back to the World,” changes the language to a positive note.
“Why Should” gives off the vibe that one has already given up or question why they or their actions matter. Whereas “Why We (or I) Should” gives the sense that there will be positive outcomes, which is what VegfulLife is entirely about!
And another why
One more why
And another why
Even when I started thinking about this topic for a blog post, I questioned why I should care, or why any of us should care, and then it turned into what makes us care. Then, of course, you delve into the philosophy of human capacity, empathy, and existence. And that is just the edge of the rabbit hole.
A loving why
It came down to, my why for caring originates from my love for non-human animals, the natural world, and connecting with other humans. Maybe it is selfish (tag selfish post), but I want to live in a world with less violence – to all sentient beings, a world where nature and a clean environment are accessible to everyone, a world where our differences are accepted and celebrated, one where our experiences replace the need for excessive consumption, and a world where the political systems and institutions are genuinely campaigning for the needs and betterment of all of us. It sounds very utopian, but why wouldn’t you work towards living in that world? The more we learn about each other and the emotional capacity of non-human animals, the more we realize that we are not all that different from one another. We all have the capacity to love, to inspire, to create, to hurt, to feel, and to dream, but not all of us have the opportunity. I want to help build a world where we all have those opportunities.
The Institute for Humane Education – a HUGE inspirational why!