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Flock Only: Why We Should Never Say “Not In My Lifetime…” (Plus a Bonus Giveaway: “Comfortably Yum” by Allison Rivers Samson)

By Mariann Sullivan — March 07, 2014

birdsDear Flock,

“Not in my lifetime…”

How many times have you heard people say this when it comes to changing the world for animals? Animal activists say it all the time.

I’ve done it myself. I’ve uttered those words countless times while patting myself on the back for working on this issue even though I’ll never see the fruits of my labor (or so I’ve said). Or, more generously, maybe I was just steeling myself for the inevitable failures I’d face along the way, and reminding myself that I would never quit, because the stakes are too high, and because, ultimately, the world will see the truth.

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(2) Readers Comments

  1. March 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    thanks for this Mariann.. agreed! we need to give ourselves and others more credit, and believe that the goal is achievable.. if we don't believe it ourselves, how do we expect to get anyone else on board?

  2. March 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Excellent points, Mariann! I am catching up on past OHH podcasts and can't remember if it was in this weekend's podcast or in the older one I was also listening to this weekend, but Jasmin mentioned that so many of the podcast listeners you gals meet have been vegan for less than 2 years - like me! Things are changing for the animals so quickly now that I never would have thought to say "not in my lifetime" - so that says something, huh? By the way, as I listened to this weekend's podcast I was hiking with my dog Tater in the woods and as instructed, I did the air quotes every time either of you said "humane"! I'm sure if anyone saw me I must have looked pretty funny!

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