We made it. Not all of us, and many of us are worse for the wear. Those of us who were stable, are vulnerable. Those of us who were vulnerable, are hurting.
The good news: we voted. Many of us cared for one another, even as lies and hate spread like wildfires and hurricanes.
The bad news: we need to show we can change, and be heroes we are waiting for…and we don’t change. We look forward to air travel, rampant tourism, clicking Amazon, and eating our burgers…instead of shopping locally, say. But if we don’t seem to change, you might change, and I might change, and together, you and I are a we.
Thanks to you, Elephant survived and thrived another year. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised. Here’s our best offerings from all of 2020, for a mindful look back.
Bookmark these. Share ’em up with a loved one, if helpful.
These Best of 2020 articles are the equivalent of that popular, yet grounded, and kind person you looked up to in junior high—these were…are…quality, and connected with our readers (you).
For independent media, for this mindful community to have survived and thrived another year…it’s all thanks to you. ~ Waylon H. Lewis, founding editor.
Raging fires, hurricanes (so many, they ran out of letters), and floods.
A civil rights awakening born of bloodshed, and racism. Climate change.
Voting in impressive numbers…despite, and because of, rampant voter suppression in what was once regarded as the World’s great Democracy.
A pandemic that showed the lines between those who care for truth, and those who care for…themselves.
A pandemic borne of wet markets, of factory farming…a solution to pandemics and climate change (veganism) right in front of us, that we have invested nothing in making happen.
But within the pain of 2020—the division, the delusion, the lost jobs and businesses, the raging fires, fearful floods and the growing, belated understanding by the masses that Climate Change Is A Thing…a quiet life went on, with its little sweet un-Instagrammed joys, its daily challenges, its tough Fridays and tired Mondays.
And your Elephant battled on, beneath the boot of Instagram and Facebook, which have killed nearly all blogs and media.
Not only did we battle on, we did so with our mission ever in mind, taking careful yet bold steps forward. Why? Because as the world shudders, our mission—that is your mission, too—to be of benefit—becomes all the more beautifully urgent.
May 2021 bring some overdue action, truth, and accountability. May the joy in our basic human nature flower into compassion. May we be of benefit! ~ Waylon
PS: All that matters is that we stay active in 2021. Yes, we’ve voted. But now is the time to keep showing up with caring. The fate of our planet, and species, and all other species depends on our bothering to care. No pressure (!). Just show up, and find a way to contribute. Get your friends to care about animal rights, or climate change, or equity. Share truth, and eco-responsibility—share urgently, and for love. Love.
Your dear editors at Elephant have selected all our very best reads of 2020. Drumroll, please…
Bonnie Tai is a recovering workaholic and self-help junkie living in Meanjin/Brisbane, A…
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