Thursday, April 26, 2012

Disillusionment of a naive ARA

Back when I first started in AR (animal rights), I was incredibly naive, as exemplified by the following line of "reasoning":

1. My intention for joining AR is based on love, compassion, honor and justice. Society teaches moral values, including love, compassion, honor and justice, therefore, society should value ARAs (animal rights activists).

2. The anthem says, "land of the free, home of the brave", therefore, freedom in speech and bravery in action in its citizenry should be highly valued by the leaders of the nation.

3. Americans and Canadians seem to love animals, therefore they should and would laud their ARAs for dedicating themselves to furthering the rights and welfare of what they love.

4. In fact, I went as far as to think that since our motive is pure, and that we are devoted to the greater good, and that we are not after selfish gain, and that we are against what society frowns on, e.g. cold-bloodedness and cruelty, that we would be treasured by the politicians and law-makers as the country's best and brightest, the guiding lights in social evolution, the vanguards to a higher civilization.

Well, if you would stop laughing hysterically for just a moment, I will confess to being, w-hell, incredibly naive.

The facts of the matter are:

1. The power that be wants a dumbed-down and docile populace - for ease of rule and manipulation.

2. The extant culture has a life of its own; its top priority is self-preservation; the last thing it wants is change. Another top priority of the extant culture is economic growth at all health and environmental cost; any growth-slowing change is considered anti-social, unpatriotic and even treasonous.

3. Politicians, even governors, even the President himself, are not leaders of the nation, nor followers of the people, but are puppets of sociopathic corporations and their psychopathic CEOs.

4. The law is not about love, nor compassion, nor honor, nor even justice itself. What it wants is total obedience, even if a law is immoral or even unconstitutional (e.g. google the Jan Haagensen case where she was convicted of 9 counts of violation against the Pennsylvania Hunter-Harassment Statute for asking 9 hunters to leave HER property).

In fact, the freer one is with ones speech, and the braver one is with ones action, the more one is targeted for persecution. And if you step one inch out of line, even in something that used to be celebrated and is still being celebrated in the context of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, i.e. something as innocuous as non-violent civil disobedience, especially if your activism is successful, i.e. causing economic damage to unethical and destructive corporations, you will be classified as a common criminal, if not a domestic terrorist.

Such was the rude awakening of a naive ARA.

Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)


joneeyu said...

dear Anthony, i feel for you.i believe you had a nice childhood from what you wrote about your mom,and sister... i didnèt have it as easy,orphanage,foster care etc,,,so i lost my naivity so very very young like 13...i am no cynique just a realiste, believe justice doesnèt exist in this life....all you said is so very true,i still like you keep on doing my tiny part because being juste is important to me and the animals...still upsets me a bit when i see a convicted criminal,rapper being call a hero!!!!adulated by youth...but an ARA gets labelled a "terrorist" i think now using this term they can actually delay our victories!!! as realist as i am i will continue because even if only one animal is save because i volunteer,then for me and that one precious life it is worth it..i admire what you do and hope although you have lost this "naive view" andthings have being difficult for you i hope you will continue your work as you are my hero,inspiration that keeps me going!.
PS love the deer solution in rut season.genial. sending blessing &healing energy to you as i do not pray to religious organization(man-made more mafia like to me)

wolfiesmom1 said...

Soo well said Anthony, completely accurate..we have no choice but to feel the way we do, it is the right this to do from the core of our soul, but heartbreaking and frustrating as hell to risk going to jail or worse for having love and empathy.

elena consigli said...

IT's so sad... but.. no surrender!!!!!! never! Keep to lead us! Please!