“I’m full of so much gratitude right now. And I do not feel elevated above any of my fellow nominees or anyone in this room because we share the same love, the love of film. And this form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life. I don’t know what I’d be without it.
But I think the greatest gift that it’s given me, and many of us in this room, is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless. I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the distressing issues that we are facing collectively. And I think at times we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes.
But for me, I see commonality. I think whether we’re talking about gender inequality, or racism, or queer rights, or indigenous rights, or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice. We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity.
I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world and many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view. The belief that we’re the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for a calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.
And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something, to give something up. But human beings at our best are so inventive and creative and ingenious. And I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.
Now I’ve been – I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish, I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance. And I think that’s when we’re at our best, when we support each other, not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other towards redemption, that is the best of humanity.
When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric. He said, ‘Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow’.”
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There is just so much to love about Joaquin Phoenix’s heartfelt and honest acceptance speech at this year’s Oscars. Some may even call it brave – to actually call out what happens to cows in the dairy industry.
I think it was incredible! I’ve shared it a couple of times on social media already, but have written the words here so I can access them easily. So I can share them with someone who may not have seen them. So Love Bug can read them in years to come and know that these words are exactly my thoughts and feelings.
The words I pulled out to use as the title to this post her cries of anguish are unmistakable make me cry. Hopefully they make some people who hear them/read them for the first time really think about them. The words, used in this context, for the mumma cow, I think can be used more broadly for our planet. We need to listen. Really listen. And act. Now.