• MY MANIFESTO…

    is a promise to the animals that I come across, a promise to you the reader but also a promise to myself… a promise to act, to get on with it and not just FEEL bad about animal suffering.

    Let me explain

    WHENEVER I COME ACROSS AN ANIMAL IN DISTRESS I MUST HELP… (FRUIT FLIES INCLUDED)

    This one will be the most tricky – and the most important. The ‘hassle of compassion’ is what I’m going to call it. The burden of caring. Lets say I’m walking home one night in the pouring rain, tired with a full belly (of vegan food) and looking forward to my bed and I see a man beating his dog. And the man looks very scary. Shall I approach him? It’s a dilemma…. do I intervene and possibly get a hard fist in the face…or do I go home and definitely get a soft pillow in my face? Martin, you must help the animals, NOT YOUR FACE.  Needless to say, I can only do so much, I am part man,  part rubbish after all, but still, I must try, TRY MARTIN, as hard as I can to help any animal that I come across in distress whenever I am able.

    I MUST FOLLOW MY HEART NOT MY HEAD. IGNORE THE NAGGING INTELLECT MARTIN

    This one goes against my lifelong instincts for rationality, control, order and my long desire to build an Eiffel tower replica out of matchsticks without glue. But those habits have led me to play it safe, and to never ever build a replica Eiffel tower. I need to follow my gut. So in the case of the scary man with the dog – it means going up to him in the rain and….

    THIS PROJECT IS DEADLY SERIOUS. THEREFORE I WILL TRY AND BE FUNNY WHERE POSSIBLE

    ..even if I do get hit in the face… and get attacked by the dog in the process….then I must see the lighter side. The point is caring is deadly serious…I want to make a difference but I want the story to be readable too.

    I MUST RISK FAILURE, CONFUSION AND UTTER HUMILIATION

    …I guess being hit in the face by the drunk man counts as all of those. But the point is I risk it in order to make a difference.  This project is clearly naive and extreme…and will encounter failure on many levels. If I worry about that I will never act… and have a chance to make a difference.

    MY ALLEGIANCE IS TO THE ANIMALS, NOT TO ANY CHARITY OR RELIGION

    This is important. While I may well work with certain charities or people who have their own particular agenda, ultimately I must act according to my own conscience and for what I think is best for the animals.  I will not follow a particular philosophy, book or creed, I will attempt to refind my heart and follow the path I know is best.  If I cross the road to stop the man hitting the dog, it will be because I must do what I feel is best for the animal.

    I MUST STOP EATING BACON

    Well, this one sounds facetious, but it brings up an important question: just how much difference is made to the welfare of animals by going veggie?  Can we care about pigs and ALSO enjoy bacon sarnies?  Do I really need to stop eating bacon if take this year out to help? I presume so but I want to out for myself.

     

     

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