life is too short. i don't want to spend it fighting these battles. all apologies to those who have children, but i really don't care what happens after i die. sure i care about all the pain and suffering in the world, sure i care about the health of the environment, but you know what? i really don't want to spend the next 40 odd years as an angst filled activist. i'm not going to abdicate my personal responsibility. i'm still going to life my life as i do now, with as small a footprint as i can handle. i will still be as kind as possible to those around me, and i will still pay attention and vote. but i will no longer spend my life's blood trying to change everyone else. there can be no peace on earth without peace within ourselves individually, and i can find no peace through fighting, no matter what the cause. so i leave the passionate activism to the young. those of you who continue to fight the fight, i thank you. it just isn't healthy for me. i can do more good by just creating beauty where i am able, and by helping those around me when i have the means.