About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

In the past twelve months, someone very important to me accomplished something quite spectacular. It was, going into the year, the single thing I cared about most.

There have been some other highlights, but overall, the past year has been one of the worst of my adult life.

The point isn't to indulge my inner cranky old man, but to note that most humans who have ever lived would have done just about anything to trade places with me. This is even more significantly true if we expand out to all sentient creatures.

Relative to a lot of people I know, I tend to focus a lot on how much better things are today than they were in the past. But it is still sobering, if not outright depressing, to realize just how much suffering there is.

What does this saguaro flower have to do with the post? Just reminding myself how fortunate I am to live in Tucson.

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