The Institute for Humane Education is one of the most valuable resources out there for people who want to change the world for animals. Perhaps, though, while you are glad they are there for those who want to get a degree, or for teachers who want to hone their humane education skills, since you are not an education professional, you are thinking that they have nothing to offer you. Well, think again. “A Better World, A Meaningful Life,” is a month-long online course for anyone who wants “to put their vision for a better world and a more joyful, examined life into practice.” Sound like you? Well, read on.
The course, which includes a course book, a downloadable curriculum, an online commons and telephone mentoring by the instructor, addresses such questions as
- What do I want to be able to say about my life and what I’ve done to create a better world?
- What am I responsible for?
- What are the impacts of my choices on myself, other people, other species and the environment?
- How can I help change destructive systems that perpetuate cruelty, violence and injustice?
All of us who look around and see suffering on the unimaginable scale created by factory farming can feel so hopeless, and helpless. What can we, as individuals, possibly do to affect the juggernaut of exploitation? How can we possibly have an effect? The only solution to the despair is to act, but the fact is is that sometimes we just don’t know what to do. While Our Hen House is here to provide people with ideas that anyone can use to create change, you may have trouble trusting your own instincts about what is the right fit for you.
When we just can’t seem to focus on our particular path, courses such as this one can truly rescue us. Simply by helping us think clearly, forcing us to honestly evaluate our talents, our desires, our potential, and, yes, our limitations, these kinds of experiences can help us get started in finding our own particular way to take action.
If this is the kind of thing that appeals to you, there are several opportunities coming up to take advantage of it. Courses start on September 2, October 3, and November 4.