People pursuing a career with passion beyond taking care of themselves understandably often take pride on their values and devotion, which in itself is not unreasonable. However, what’s not productive is the tendency to judge others who don’t share the same dedication. It certainly is not the best strategy to spark positive change, or to demonstrate good characters, as Fitzgerald put it:
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
– The Great Gatsby
These truly are words to live by.
Environmentalists aren’t particularly known for being non-judgmental, which doesn’t make them the most fun people to be around. If you google “why are environmentalists…”, what comes up on top is “annoying” and “stupid”. The results are even worse when replacing “environmentalists” with “vegans”: “angry”, “self-righteous” and “obnoxious” are the popular suggestions. Those words certainly don’t paint a rosy picture of our ability to be effective at spreading our message. Luckily it’s never too late to face the problem, and look for ways to fix it.