"Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something." Jonathan Safran Foer
I stole this book from someone I know, and devoured it. Don’t worry, I gave it back (not necessarily willfully, after some intense questioning). There are a lot of famous quotes that point in this general direction. Silence in the face of injustice is complicity. Along these lines. But reading this one, in this book, about the implications of eating animals, at the time in my life I read it, transformed me, in small but significant ways. It made me ride the bus or my bike, bring my own bag, cup, plate and utensils, it made me more active in the process of helping clients plan events so that my name would have less opportunity to be associated with disposable stuff, but more so that maybe others would regain the permission necessary to eat without plastic and styrofoam, to eat the way we did just 30 years ago, but were starting to waver from then. And while it did not stop me from eating animals completely, I will not eat just any animal - I know the two people who raise the animals I eat because I look at them in the eye at the farmer’s markets every week. I will not eat animals at restaurants if I don’t know where they came from. And if given the choice at home between animal or no animal, I push myself to cook the no-animal option and have it taste amazing, to build my cadre of cravings for plant-based food. And I don’t even have kids to answer to later in life, like in the case of the author’s motivation. But apparently I have my brothers and sisters to answer to, now, because that is the world I want to live in. One where we are all responsible for each other.