I was reading a blog recently that mentioned micro-activism. This caught my eye, and my thoughts.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing when it comes to activism. I go through this fairly often. What is activism?
Sometimes it is obvious. Leafletting, giving a talk on veganism, setting up a display at the library, etc…these things are clear and obvious. But I rarely do any of those obvious things.
I don’t even talk about veganism that often, mostly because the majority of my interactions with people are at work, where we are reminded every week (literally) to not discuss anything that others might not agree with, or at the sanctuary, where we all pretty much are on the same page already.
So what do I do? What do I have time to do?
I don’t even blog that often, not that I’ve ever thought my blog was much in the way of activism, as it mostly seems to be my random thoughts…like now.
One of the reasons I don’t have much time during the week is because 2.5 hours of each day is spent on my bike commute.
And that means that one of the reasons I don’t have much time for even writing letters during the week is because I’m actually pretty busy living my beliefs.
Is that activism?
I think it is, in a way. It is important, regardless. So when I read someone’s thoughts on micro-activism, I paid attention. This, finally, was something I was comfortable applying to “what I do” in my daily life.
Living our beliefs is incredibly important, setting that example can speak louder than any of our logical words. Sometimes it takes a fierce will, or a lot of effort, to accomplish that. Taking care of ourselves really should be part of that. Eating tasty things at work might be part of that. Looking healthy, having energy, these are (like it or not) important non-verbal ways to help convince people to think about veganism. Or bike commuting. Or both.
Am I an activist? Or am I just going beyond what many do in order to live my beliefs? Do I have to get arrested to be an activist?
Do I care about these labels?
Not so much.
But it is nice to have a term that ties together how-I-live-my-life with the advocacy that I try to fit in, when I have time and feel up to the task.