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save the human
April 10, 2009, 6:22 am
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well here it is, i have since expanded my compassion with my actions. i have determined for myself, through my own logic, intuition, reason and love that i will be a vegan. i have for over a year now been a vegetarian because of moral, spiritual, practical and ecological reasons.  because life is indeed precious, because i no longer wished to destroy animals of complexity.  because i couldn’t bear to participate in the destruction of animals with hearts and minds, with fears and joys, however simple.

the process has been rewarding for me. i have grown in so many ways, i have become more conscious of what i do with my food, with my hands, with my money. i have developed a greater reverence for life and isn’t this a good thing?  surely it is a good thing.  we all like to say we’re in favour of life, that death is bad and yet daily we participate in unnatural death, in killing.  just because someone does the act does not remove us from the process.  we can’t deny responsibility, our hands earn our wage and wage pays the hands of another to do the acts we could never bring ourselves to do.

ask yourself if you are at all repulsed at the thought of killing an animal bigger than an insect.  there is a reason for that, we intuitively, compassionately know that killing is wrong. if you don’t believe me, then imagine your child, or having a child or imagine yourself as a child and they or you sit in a restaurant with your family and your parents ask what you want.  a child orders lamb and moments later a lamb is led into the room, the child is offered a sledge hammer and then must bring it down.  how do you think they or more importantly you would do at that, as a child?  i don’t mean to get all graphic and vegefantic, it’s just the thoughts that i’ve been having of late.  no judgement, we each make our chocies.

at present i work in a cafe, nestled on a lake, it is so beautiful it hurts.  the sun glinting off the water, the birds all around, families and couples enjoying drinks in the autumn sunlight.  it’s all so civilised, so picturesque but i’m witness to all the behind the scenes and because i am commited to a life without killing for food when not needed i can see the hypocrisy.  i can see people order duck while ducks swim serenely by.  i see people order the fry-up, that would have been me not so very long ago, they appear pasty, dead and dying themselves.

so i deliver these plates all arranged with culinary flair to whetted lips and know that i can never do this again.  that i cannot even participate in this any longer. though i do because almost daily i am asked what the chicken livers or the steak sanga is like and i gently inform them that i don’t know, i’m a vegetarian.  they often seem interested, they often crack jokes, they often ask questions.  everyone it seems wants to know, so why are you a vegetarian?  i never ask the question back at them.  why are you a meat eater?  instead i give my reasons, i do so calmly, i crack jokes, i’m as honest as i can be about the process, about the difficulties, about my liking of the taste of certain things.  i think people need a stronger reason to daily consume living things than “i like the taste.”  what if i like the taste of kittens?  can i eat them with impunity?  can i bite their little fluffy heads off near a play park as people do to duck in the cafe, while kids feed donald and co. nearby?  most people would say no, but why, why the double standard?  why only some animals.  life is life is life.  you either value it or you don’t.

i’m preaching but that’s just as much to me as anyone else.  i’m trying to understand my own feelings, my own motives. now this new venture into the process.  no more dairy, nor milk, or butter, or eggs, no honey.  no wonderful delicious cheese.  i think i might miss that one but there are other cheeses which don’t require animal suffering or give me cancer of the everything.  still despite the difficulties i feel so good about my decision.  i feel lighter, i feel simpler, i feel more at peace if that’s possible.  i feel that through my actions, however small, i can make a difference in the world.  that i can reduce the collective suffering of this planet in some small way.  this was shown in such a small way in that another waitress after spraying some wasps apologised to me.  my action had triggered a doubt in her mind about her action.  i didn’t scowl, or tell her off, it was her decision.  i’m not about to judge, wasps after all, fucking annoying.  still they’re life and i don’t get to choose what lives and what dies.  i don’t think anyone should and if it’s needed to save your life then maybe and with a prayer and with gratitude and with much reverence.

there are so many other reasons to change to a life without killing.  you can truly save the planet.  as this video testifies.

Save The Human! “Don’t Eat The Planet” Music Video

there are so many health reasons too and i guarantee it’s not that hard and you’re not giving anything that amazing up.  i barely notice it anymore.  then someone or something reminds and i know i made a difference to that one animal, or that one.  i allowed life to be.  i allowed love. i allowed something that, like me, seeks life, growth, health, sustenance and joy in this miracle of existence to do just that and all i had to do was nothing.


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