People often take a lot of things for granted. Have you ever spent even a moment of your life, terrified that you aren’t going to see food again for a very, very long time? Has your child ever fallen fatally ill, even though you have no means of taking care of them, no access to any form of medicine or care? Ever felt the feeling of helplessness when someone beat you mercilessly and locked you up in a cage, because you had no voice?
There are people out there, people who deserve the very basic dignity and rights that existence allows them – but it’s something they never receive. Why? Because society pushes them into the margins. If you can’t see something, if you can smother and suppress it, you can pretend it isn’t there, right?
I’m talking about transgenders. I’m talking about the disabled. I’m talking about malformed children. I’m talking about homosexuals. And yes, I am also talking about animals, because animals are people too.
We have a tendency to abhor anything different. People are, whether they admit it or not, scared of change, of new things. When they see something different, they react. And if what they perceive isn’t considered as good as them in any which way, society discriminates. If you can use them, like animals, exploit them, people think. And if not, do everything you can to make them nonexistent. Like it or not, it’s how humans think.
Everybody knows that it doesn’t have to be this way. Everyone knows that we could be a better society, a better place. So please, I implore you, start doing something. Start helping in whatever way you can. Volunteer. Support people. Start your own organization. Donate to other organizations. Any little thing can help. Any small thing could make someone’s future brighter, a better life.
So take that step into the future that we are all striving for. Let’s join hands everywhere and pledge to make the world a better place.