Can ONE Person Make a Difference?

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Posted December 1, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

The short answer? Hell, yes!

Next time you’re in the hallway gathering petitions or handing out leaflets and someone so snidely tells you that “one person can’t possibly make a difference” or that “you’re wasting your time,” don’t let it get you down!

One person CAN make a difference—and it’s important to remember that all social-justice movements were led at some point by “just one person” (or just a couple of people) who realized that a societal norm was cruel, unethical, and unjust. Just think: Everyone didn’t stand up at the same time and fight racism and slavery—it was just a few people at first who held demonstrations, fought back, and led a revolution. These people were game-changers—dedicated, passionate, and willing to stand out from a crowd that clung to cruelty and racism just because they were what people were used to. Sound familiar?

The same goes for women’s rights and gay rights—it has always been the brave, dedicated few who turn the tide.

It’s also important to remember that you are leading a mini-revolution near you! Changing your friends’ minds, educating them on the ways that animals are exploited and how they can help, and making personal choices that are positive instead of negative—all of that matters. Every choice that you make makes a big difference for animals—don’t forget it!

Revolutions aren’t easy. They’re not quick. And they’re definitely not painless—but they happen, and we will win.




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  • 980 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


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  • 1416 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does” ~ Margaret Mead

    ^one of my fave quotes, right there.

  • 1448 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Dear Rachel. Thank you for the article. I think there are many times when one has doubts and especially when it comes to animals as they cannot ‘voice’ their opinion regarding the ‘actions’ one takes on their behalf.
    Mother Teresa was probably ‘one’ person who took action, and had the following to say “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
    I liked your last paragraph, and am going to add it to my collection of quotations. I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you are full time with PETA or a freelancer. Regards, Allan.

  • 1454 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Perfect timing for me 2! My 12 yo granddaughter is trying to take on the Fort Worth school system to stop fetal pig dissection & was hysterically in tears today when some school bullies ripped her signed petition to shreds. She’s a PETA Kid & I’ll send her this for inspiration. Thank you! :)

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    One person CAN make a difference, a huge difference.
    It just takes time and effort to make the change.

  • 1455 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    that was perfect time for me to read, i just had to listen to people being mean to me cuz i’m vegan. thanks :)

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