Do you know why most people feel so happy when someone like Boon has a happy ending? Do you know why they smile, relieved, when they read that he’s going to be ok? Do you hear the awwws? Do you hear their wishes? Do you sense their warm feelings? Aren’t you one of those people?
Once you get to know them, it’s easy to empathize with them. There’s a face. There’s a name. There’s a story. You see their individual traits. You see their facial expressions. They become tangible. They’re no longer a number. They’re not simple body parts. They’re someone.
When you pay for the exploitation and slaughter of other animals, you don’t get to see their faces. There are no names, just figures. There are no invididuals, just a vague shape. There is no story, just an abstract idea. They’re objectified. They’re reduced to nothingness. And nobody cries because nobody cares to know them.
It’s easy to forget each of them has a face, individual traits, something that makes them unique. Boon is unique, but we only recognize his uniqueness because we’ve singled him out. It could have been anyone else. All of them have something that makes them different from each other.
If you’re happy for Boon, that means there’s something inside you that motivates you to protect others from pain, misery and death. It means that you care. Well, there are many Boons out there who need your empathy. Start caring about them.