Amitai Etzioni Says Political Action Will Make You Happy

Some folks may wonder why NARN Board Members, campaign leads, and volunteers do what we do. If you volunteer with us, you may wonder why you do what you do. I mean really. Life is kind of hard. Work is hard. Relationships are hard. Why go out to the streets and be mocked for standing up for animals, when you could be playing World of Warcraft? Why spend the weekend behind a table at a local street fair, in hopes of reducing exploitation of animals for food, when you could be drinking with friends at the beach? Why spend your (very) hard earned money on putting on events, movie screenings, or ad campaigns against animal abusers when you could spend it on train ticket to Portland (yum)?

Well, the first answer, of course, is: to make a difference in the lives of living animals and future generations of our fellow earthlings. But wait. That is not all! Turns out that stepping into the community and standing up against injustice will make you a much happier person too!

World famous scholar and sociologist, Amitai Etzioni, shares his research in this simple, short, personal video. He says that our new iPhones won’t make us happy, but relationships, cultural and intellectual pursuits, and political action will. Check it out:

You Don’t Need to Buy This

If you don’t believe Dr. Etzioni, I think you should take him up on his challenge. Ditch the shopping trip and contact us about volunteering with NARN and see if you aren’t happier for it. We dare you. Email info@narn.org or fill out this form.

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About Anika

Why I'm vegan: I believe that we create our future and I want a future for all animals and our planet that is not based on greed, but on compassion, reason, and generosity. I think that veganism is the future and that a sustainable world will require animal liberation. Why I'm with NARN: I really dislike when people complain about how things are, but don't take action. I don't want to be one of those people. I want to walk the walk, as they say. Also, I realize that I came to veganism by being influenced by other people. I'd like to do the same for others. Favorite quote: "It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

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