If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
The State Library of Victoria, directly across from Melbourne Central is a bustling part of the city that I enjoy so much. I think that is largely due to the fact that the State Library has been the backdrop to a number of city rallies, often about equality, be it that of environmental, humanitarian or animal protection issues.
When I look around at the impassioned folk from all walks of life who attend rallies and peaceful protest, who feel strongly about issues of vastly important and urgent local and global impact, who raise their voices, I am reminded that change is a-coming, even if the majority still turn a blind eye to the error of our ways in favour of personal comfort and conveniences.
I am reminded that there is a groundswell, an uprising against tyranny, oppression, greed and self-absorption, both in leadership roles and personal behaviours. People are gradually beginning to see beyond their own creature comforts and opting to consider the harm their consumption, cravings, wants, luxuries and everyday choices are bringing upon other people, animals and the planet. People are awakening from the blinding social conditioning, refusing to no longer partake in social sleepwalking and are choosing to challenge their own uncomfortable cognitive dissonance.
Notably, we still have a long way to go. Raise these issues, as I tend to do, and experience the deafening silence of the masses. Most would rather talk about a pizza than the damage the cheese or carcinogenic meats upon it are causing the environment and the future planet we leave our children. But our desperation not to change, ... It's changing! Change experienced at places like the state library, where people boldly and compassionately come together in the name of change. In a desire to evolve.
To those who step out of their comfort zone, who discuss unpopular issues, who embrace change... Thank you for caring about what we will be leaving our children. Thank you for loving that hard. For living consistently with your beliefs and hopes for the world. For acting before it's too late.
Just thank you.