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).

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Loss and Appreciation

Photo by Ellen Green.

Another death in our circle here; a gentle, generous soul. 2014 has been relentless in revealing the callousness of nature and the petty brutality of people.

I have known so many good people who have been defeated by the negativity of the world. It can be so easy, when you have good friends, a good job, and security, to judge or even condemn those who don't live up to our standards. But I still believe the world is a better place when do our best to treat everyone with, if not kindness, then at least respect. And even more important, I think, is to appreciate the relative handful of truly special people we are able to know in our short time.

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