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! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all 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, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

You are not the general public (Yes, I'm talking to you)

Just had a great long call with a pal. (This post is publishing days later.) Lots of laughs as normal, but they are going through some stuff.

From my book:

Someone could easily convince me that I should do something to help individuals suffering worse than chickens. But these would have to be individuals who would not be helped if not for my specific efforts – i.e., no one else would do the work I’d do, or I would do it significantly better. I’ve not yet figured out what that job could be. 

I’ve seriously thought about being a counselor. Given my many terrible experiences with therapy (and I’ve not listed them all in this book) I thought I could do it better. However, Anne rightfully warns that unless I get even better at mindfulness, I would be frustrated when my patients inevitably refuse to act in their own self-interest; for example, cutting off contact with toxic family members (and/or colleagues). 

But there is little that makes me happier than feeling like I'm being useful to people I like. It would be ideal if I could spend more time at least listening to your issues. Even if I don't have anything insightful to say, maybe being heard by someone who cares would help.

As for a "balanced" conversation -- you've had to listen to me yammering on and on via the blog. You've done your fair share!


Rain over the Santa Catalina Mountains.


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