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  • Lily Tomlin once said, "Somebody should do something about that."

  • But then I realized, "I am somebody."

  • I had my first "aha, I am somebody" moment when I was walking down the street,

  • in my native New York city,

  • and happened upon what I can only describe

  • as a pulsating, brown, furry,

  • and yet kind of slimy little ball at my feet,

  • that was in grave danger of being smashed to bits

  • by a very angry sanitation worker, with a very large shovel.

  • I had no idea what this little alien thing was, but instinctively,

  • I threw myself on top of it, screaming, "No, no, no, no, no!

  • I'll take it."

  • Of course the guy thought I was totally nuts, but I did,

  • and took this little ball, and I put it in a box, and I took it to Central Park,

  • and I sat there staring at it for a couple of hours, not knowing what to do.

  • And all of a sudden, the box started to move,

  • and the flaps on the top of the box opened,

  • and not one, but two beautiful bats flew out over my head

  • and into the night sky.

  • Apparently, what had happened, or it's the best guess of the experts,

  • is that two bats had become stuck together in the throws of passion -

  • (Laughter)

  • - and fallen from a rooftop somewhere, and landed at my feet.

  • So, for me, I didn't know what this little thing was,

  • but it was pulsating, right?

  • So that meant it must have had a pulse, which would mean probably a heartbeat,

  • which would mean it could suffer.

  • And that just wasn't going to happen on my watch.

  • So, I don't know what makes some people watchers and other people doers.

  • I don't know what plants a seed that blossoms into a calling.

  • I do know that, for me, it's a compulsion,

  • to speak for those that cannot speak for themselves.

  • Uncomfortable, though, it may be

  • for somebody who never raised her hand in class,

  • hated to be called on to read aloud,

  • and was described by every teacher as "painfully shy."

  • I guess something in me must have connected to those

  • that seemed invisible and voiceless.

  • Perhaps, something in me saw myself as one of them,

  • needing rescue and a voice.

  • All I know is I have no choice in the matter anymore.

  • I was born for this, and I raise my hand for animals every chance I get.

  • I remember the first time that I was shown footage

  • obtained by undercover investigators,

  • of how animals had suffered and died for my dinner, my clothing,

  • my entertainment, and my well-intentioned charitable contributions.

  • I stood in stunned silence, tears were racing down my face,

  • and my hands were covering my eyes

  • and I was hit with such rage and such pain,

  • that I could barely speak.

  • Unlike these cows that you might recognize from YouTube,

  • this footage that I saw was dark and grainy,

  • but images of eyes wide with terror will haunt me forever.

  • Animals on factory farms, and laboratories, zoos, circuses,

  • aquariums, amusement parks, rodeos, all of it, they are all routinely beaten.

  • They are denied everything natural to them.

  • They are isolated, burned, electrocuted,

  • brain-damaged, blinded.

  • They are beaten, as I said before, and they are whipped into submission.

  • They are left to linger in cold cages, alone, without any painkillers,

  • until they are killed.

  • My brain had to process that this is legal.

  • This is the way that billions upon billions of animals live.

  • This is the way that they die.

  • This is what lurks behind closed doors

  • that only ardent animal advocates dare to open.

  • I was hit with such a wave of guilt, that I barely recognized myself.

  • These images changed me.

  • They gutted me.

  • They made me realize that all of these labels that I so detested,

  • like "oppressor," and "bully,"

  • could just as easily be applied to me, regardless of intent,

  • because I was a contributor to industries that view animals

  • as nothing more than property and machines.

  • So, the little girl that wouldn't dare raise her hand in class

  • grew up to be somebody that wants to raise the roof for animals,

  • because I found that I could no longer live in peace

  • while there's a war being waged against animals.

  • I could no longer feel full while they're being starved,

  • or feel warm knowing that they're being enslaved in cold cages.

  • I couldn't feel safe while they're being brutalized,

  • and I certainly couldn't feel free while they are still oppressed.

  • Activism destroys me,

  • but it also heals me, every day.

  • And every day we're faced with new challenges.

  • How to educate the public within a digestible way?

  • Because let's face it: if we're too graphic,

  • people turn away; they don't want to know.

  • If we're too gentle, then we don't make any impact.

  • So, for me, sometimes my activism is loud, and it's aggressive,

  • and it's blaring through megaphones outside of slaughterhouses.

  • But at other times, it's in soft, measured tones,

  • speaking about orcas and dolphins in captivity

  • to little children entering Sea World.

  • And sometimes, yeah, my message goes viral,

  • with me being let away from this scene in handcuffs.

  • I believe that activism starts as a whisper in our soul,

  • a voice, way down deep inside, almost like intuition,

  • that presents itself as an unmistakeable knowing

  • that nudges us to look our conscience dead in the eye,

  • and ask ourselves the tough questions, such as,

  • "Is this moral?"

  • "Is this the right choice for me?"

  • "Can I sleep at night knowing what I know now?"

  • "Am I living my truth?"

  • And often times, the answers will surprise us.

  • A revolution begins with an idea, a truth in ourselves that we cannot deny,

  • and feel compelled to spread, regardless of the facts

  • that, yeah, it might isolate us from those close to us,

  • it might take our safety, our freedom, and put them at risk,

  • it can drive us to our darkest depths of despair,

  • and break our hearts.

  • But it's worth it. Oh man, it is worth it!

  • Because a revolution brings about change whose time has come,

  • and we are at a tipping point of this revolution,

  • that begins and builds with each of us

  • recognizing what we know is true

  • in the most sacred places of our hearts, and acting on it.

  • For me, giving these animals a voice,

  • these choiceless animals,

  • helps illuminate these dark, cold, bearing enclosures

  • that bring out, with cries of pain, loneliness and torture,

  • voices begging to be seen, to be recognized,

  • to know that they are not alone, and that yes, they are heard.

  • And maybe, somehow, this makes me feel less alone.

  • Acting on behalf of these animals that I will never meet,

  • but fight for every day,

  • has connected me to a global cry for justice

  • that has moved mountains for other social justice movements.

  • It has taken me from feeling like a powerless individual

  • to an important, proactive part of the wheel

  • that is a driving force toward making this world

  • a kinder, and gentler, and more sustainable place to live,

  • connecting me to my highest self as a citizen of the world that I live in.

  • I have planted a seed of change,

  • and I delight in seeing it grow,

  • as more and more animals are awarded rights,

  • and veganism takes its place in the mainstream.

  • We all have this in us, no matter what our calling.

  • We can all change the world.

  • We can all raise our hands.

  • For me, I promise you, I will not rest

  • until every cage is empty,

  • and every tank is drained.

  • What might it be for you?

  • Thank you.

  • (Cheers) (Applause)

Lily Tomlin once said, "Somebody should do something about that."

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    Eliane Eliane に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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