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What do you think when you hear the word ‘Culture’? Do you think of family nights out? Or something familiar - something you can relate to?
Perhaps culture is too wide a word to use here. Let’s call it your Opinions. Your opinions are your own point of view- how you see the world. So how would you react, if you found that those opinions were wrong, or if you didn’t agree with them anymore? How would you react, if you found out that something you found comforting, something that you did with your family or friends perhaps, was morally wrong?
Would you become defensive, perhaps? Would you try to find situations where this behavior could be accepted, where it wouldn’t cross the line into cruelty? That is also a big concept; the concept of morals; of ethics. Where do you stand on the scale? Is killing a cow bad? Or is it all right because it’s for food? Is swatting a fly bad? Is watching a dolphin at a dolphin show bad? What about Animal Rights?
These are the kinds of questions that you need to start opening up to. You need to start questioning opinions, decisions and everything that happens. If you say that killing animals is bad, you need to find out how extreme you are willing to make that view.
You cannot keep depending on someone else to tell you what is right or wrong. You are an independent person, and you need to make those decisions by yourself. Call it a journey of self discovery-or whatever you wish to call it. The age of procrastination, of having the luxury to think that the next generation will fix everything, is over. We, the children of today, are the next generation, and we need to start taking responsibility for our actions.
Before you can talk the talk, you need to walk the walk. Analyze your everyday life, research into things. Does your favorite shampoo test on animals? How do you find out? If it does, would you still use it? What about other things in your daily life?
Some say ignorance is bliss, but now, today, we do not have such luxury.