Thursday, October 06, 2005
  How do send yourself into a depression in 10 minutes or less
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They update the news every day. I used to read it every day. But nowadays.. well, I haven't checked it in weeks, specifically because it depresses me. I looked today, and I am just... agh, I just cannot believe the enormous amount of people doing truly, truly, truly awful things. And how they get away with it! Some lady kept 70 pets in such awful conditions that 38 of the 49 cats had to be put down and the question at hand is whether she should be allowed to keep pets anymore. WHY IS THAT A QUESTION?! If someone had 49 babies and neglected 38 to the point that they were too unhealthy to LIVE, would it be a question? I know cats aren't babies, but c'mon now..

A lot of the animal hoarders are sick, sick people. Animal lovers with a mental problem; try to save them all instead of knowing your limits and seeking help. Not evil; just sick. But so many of those other people? You steal a beloved 15-year-old cat to kill it? You let your rottweiler die in your backyard, covered in maggots? You burn a puppy with acid? There's no excuse for these people, letting or making innocence suffer. How about we start treating people who abuse animals and children how they've treated their victims?

All these stories just make me think.. what hope do humans have? When THIS HORRIDNESS is in our nature? Why do we show joy, or even apathy, at another being's suffering?

Blah. So I'm going to return to looking up pictures of kittens and sloths and fishies on Flickr and pretend the Animal Concerns page doesn't exist. I wouldn't want to give up on people entirely and become a hermit by 28, after all.
I'm not even going to click on the link because I will probably want to slit my wrists afterwards.

I've been thinking alot about what gives me hope or faith in the human race. So far all I've come up with is that someone invented peanut butter, so we can't all be that bad.

I'll let you know when I come up with something a bit more profound.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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