Ecology and Conversation on Veganism, Thoughts About Life and Attachment and Remaining Open in Times of Posturing

14 03 2017

This is one large essay divided up into smaller sections as can be seen below.

 

Veganism, Feminism, Buddhism, Socialism, Capitalism, Environmentalism, etc.  The Trials and Tribulations That Can Easily Come From –isms.

 

People become obsessed with –ism’s.  Specifically, the religious and political and extremist mindset that comes from it.  It doesn’t matter what –ism it is or perhaps it is a religion or another word that doesn’t end in –ism.  This can apply to anything that one takes on as their whole identity.  People can see this negative connection easier when it is identified with religion.  –isms can be identical to religion in their manipulation and control-of-the-other characteristics.  Many people on the left political spectrum often fall victim to –isms while at the same time tearing down people for being attached to religion.  It is very easy to become ego identified with an -ism and then our whole identity is that.  For example, “I’m Emily, who are you?”, “I’m Ryan and I’m a Vegan.”  This is the awkward moment when Ryan has put someone on the defensive edge and set up a more likely scenario where the non-Vegan will offend the Vegan just through the sharing of casual information that will go against the essence of Vegan-ism and, hence, the identity of that person.

 

When people are ego identified with the –ism it makes communicating with an agenda the priority.  It seeks out and looks for division and opportunities to spread the agenda and to judge negatively if agreement doesn’t adhere to said –ism.  Most of the time, it directly leads to quick division and forces sides to be taken and more conveniently puts people in boxes.  If any disagreement occurs to the values of a person’s  –ism then they will defend it vehemently because they are ego identified with it.  It is extremist thinking and reacting as there is generally only one solution.  There is no connection and dialogue where perhaps the goal of that –ism can be reached through other means.  The person identified with the –ism is not going to change their mind.  It is usually either a ‘my way or the highway conversation’ and very common to think that what’s wrong with everybody is that they haven’t taken on my –ism yet.

 

People take on and become an –ism WAY more than an –ism becomes a piece of them.  It leaves bystanders feeling attacked when someone from that –ism starts to express themselves.  When people feel attacked, they feel defensive, and when people feel defensive they don’t want to look at those issues.  This is a lose lose situation.  For the –ism identifier they will grit their teeth and get more aggressive and tough because they know they are right and go further into their echo chamber –ism head.  For the non –ism-er they will just want this extremist person to stop talking because they aren’t really listening, the conversation is not reciprocal, and it is generally overwhelming and off putting to be exposed to authoritarian-ism.  In a very real sense, every –ism is a form of authoritarian-ism.  If we really want people to come around to our –ism it needs to come from a place of freedom, dialogue, reciprocal communication about values and experiences, etc.  And we also need to be honestly open to that our –ism may be wrong! We can’t be offended and grotesque feeling if people don’t agree with us.  We can’t just jump down people’s throats with information and write them off if they don’t agree.

 

When people are part of an –ism they usually share most, if not all of their space, with those who share their same beliefs.  Web-sites, forums, Facebooks, Twitters, Snapchats contacts, friends, etc.  It’s common to push people out of your life who are not a part of your –ism.  Your whole life feed at how you get information confirms your –ism and only your world view.  It’s easy to see information that confirms your world view.  It is very hard to see information that doesn’t.  A certain reality is only funneled to you and you can’t relate, or even want to relate, to any other reality.  This makes it easy to get in black/white, right/wrong thinking.  You’re either with me or against me.  Well that mentality will give you a lot more enemies than friends and it will only surround yourself with mirrors on what you want reflected back at you to confirm your beliefs.

 

One time someone I respected called me intellectually lazy.  At the time, I thought all my hard work was leading me to the right answers, hence, confirming my own –isms and didn’t understand where this lazy label was coming from.  I was anything but lazy in my pursuit of knowledge and I was offended.  I was offended they called me lazy and was equally offended they didn’t agree with me and were making me spend so much time trying to convince them of the obvious.  This was a smart person!  How come they weren’t getting it?  I wasn’t understanding the nature of my own –isms and how that was making me mentally lazy as a result.  In the modern era of being online A LOT and creating filters for what we see or don’t see, and search engines funneling information to us based on what we text, email, search, click on, etc., it is easier to dive into a deep void of our -ism vs any other time in history.  It will VERY likely get WAY more intense as technology and information flow will continue to get more advanced, fast, erratic, and decentralized.  It’s also, by a long shot, not the cultural value of the majority to recognize and remedy this for when we are participating in and creating such division.  If anything we are motivated to partake in –isms with a zealot fervor!

 

And think about this.  People forcefully shoving agendas or information down your throat and judging you if you don’t take it are usually NOT people you really admire.  It can definitely come with good intentions as people think they have struck gold with their correct ideology/-ism and that they’ve figured out, or found the golden skeleton key to life! They want to share this while convincing others to take on the whole identify of that –ism.  However, even if things are meant well, that has no result on if it actually plays out well and helps, and could very easily bring about the opposite.  We need to start seeing, communicating, and approaching the conversation for what it is, even if we fundamentally believe in an –ism.  Our success at how well we do this will be vital in the era of Trump where extremist and combative and bully thinking seem to be the norm.

 

Thoughts Regarding Veganism

 

I have been putting forth my best effort to take on being an environmentally conscious, healthy Vegan.  It’s been about two to three years since I took it on in my current life.  I tried it unsuccessfully for about a year 7 years ago as well.  Many things have come up for me in this time and I have been re-evaluating my position on if Veganism is actually as environmentally conscious as it’s made out to be and if it’s nutritionally good for you in the long run.  My stance at the current moment is that Veganism can be a superb diet for the short term (3 to 6 months or even up a year) but that it leads to nutritional depletion in most people who put forth a lot of effort at doing it correctly for longer periods of time.

 

Veganism also doesn’t seem to be a balanced ecological approach to the Earth.  In the name of speciesism, as it values animal life equally to that of humans, it promotes speciesism overall as it values plant based species more than animal.  For this reason, I do not feel it abides by the natural ecological plant/animal, life-cycle/relationship of the Earth.  The Vegan ethic is also that every life form is equal but Size-ism (if that is even a term) seems to be a common practice in the sense that larger animals are valued more than smaller ones.  A dead elk is worse than a dead turkey, a dead turkey is worse than a dead rabbit, a rabbit more than a fish, a fish more than a grasshopper, and of course, a grasshopper more than a plant, etc.  Our farming, cultivation, and treatment methods for plants and animals should be absolutely humane, non-toxic, non-factory farmed, and environmentally conscious, and work symbiotically with each other, thus promoting as much life as possible while also working for our ideal nutritionally needs.  The triad balance of plant, animal, and human needs, need to be in appropriate, realistic harmony for all to flourish (humans are animals obviously but given our own category because we do have an ego and a natural, inevitable instinct to take care of ourselves and survive at the expense of life and this is not going away anytime soon).  I can’t give exact percentages as to how much of one’s diet needs to be plants vs how much needs to be animal compared to how much resources the Earth can handle to accommodate us living, but I’d bet it would be somewhere around 85 to 95% plant consumption vs 5 to 15% animal consumption for average adults.

 

It is very common for Vegans to take on self-punishment.  Sort of like a self-flagellation that would be seen in our history with priests flogging themselves for committing or even thinking about sin.  This was absurd for priests to do back then and it is absurd for Vegans to do now.  The self-flagellation in the Vegan is being hungry and depleting your body due to feeling bad about animals and the nourishment they provide.  Reminds me very much of vampire movies where the vampire feels bad for eating the blood of people.  It is VERY hard to not be always hungry as a Vegan and I’ve witnessed this come up as a sort of joke within the community.  Why would we do that to ourselves all the time?  It is easy to eat a lot of good, healthy food as a Vegan and be full for moments, but having started to eat animal products again I have forgot how it feels to be satisfied and not in constant hungry mode.  My body feels like is has started operating optimally again and it was hard to realize this as I had just gotten used to being hungry and having ailments associated with nutritional depletion.  I was blaming everything else in my life for me feeling inadequate vs the obvious fuel that I was putting in my body.  Once I started to eat a little bit of animal products I felt instantly revived.  This is a common thing among those that have gone Vegan.  The rush/high of nutrition that comes back when giving access to animal products again.  Similar to the rush of starting out on a Vegan diet and flushing your body of animal product toxins and giving yourself so much wonderful, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer plant food.  This all leads to me thinking that there needs to be a balance between plant and animal sources and we need to get over attaching guilt and self-flagellation and extremism in thought for why we do or don’t do things.

 

Looking at the history of our species and our closest ancestors, Veganism does not seem to be a natural, healthy diet for any one of them.  We are in the same family as other great apes and related most closely to the chimpanzee and bonobo and next we are most closely related to the guerilla and then the orangutan.  It is important to know that we don’t come from those animals but we all came from a common ancestor.  We split from our most common ancestor of the chimp and bonobo about 6 million years ago.  Tracing back meat consumption in our ancestors and what they eat now shows that chimps hunt and eat meat in the form of monkeys, pigs, fawn, antelope and they’ll forage invertebrates like termites and insects.  Bonobos eat animals too but much less so but consume a lot of invertebrates.  Guerillas primarily eat leaves and fruit and don’t hunt but do eat invertebrates.  They have developed a massive, advanced intestinal belly system to process plant food.  Orangutans are also not vegetarian and eat similar things to the other great apes.  In our own species, if we look at indigenous and foraging people’s we find hunter and gatherer omnivores.  Cultures like India are largely vegetarian but still eat a lot of animal products.  If karma led them to not eating meat and domesticating animals in that way why wouldn’t they have just gone all the way and become Vegan?  If anyone believes that there was a golden age of Veganism for great ape consumption or that any human culture has ever thrived off of being Vegan then it is no different than believing the stories of Noah’s arc and the great flood and Adam and Eve or in the tooth fairy.  There is no evidence to support such things and leaves one thinking if Veganism is more of a religion for people to follow than an eating lifestyle that works for humans or their closest animal relatives.

 

It is fed to us that we can easily get all the nutrients we need from only plants.  If biology and the history of our species has anything to say about it, it’s that they all aren’t there.  If they were, we’d see other great apes doing it and we would have naturally gravitated to this source of energy long ago, or we’d see a lot of modern day Vegans living healthily from generation to generation.  Things like vitamin B12 deficiency is something that plays out over time.  You can feel great for months or even years but then the reserves get used up.  You feel amazing when you first start but then slowly it gets spent and one becomes depleted.  It is very much harder for plant proteins to be as efficient for our bodies as animal protein.  If hunter and gatherer societies could just gather why would they take the risk and do a dangerous act like hunting animals?  There has to be a cost-benefit analysis that heavily favors the benefit of energy and substance provided by meat that makes it possibly worth dying for.  Look at vegan body builders vs omnivore body builders.  Look at vegetarian cultures of the world vs meat eating cultures.  Vegetarian people are by far less robust.  Not that you need to be robust to live a healthy life but just that if some animal products were included in your diet it could go a long way.

 

And what about a Vegan diet for infants/children?  What happens to an infant who isn’t fed milk as a baby?  There is evidence for reduced cognitive ability in children who do not intake breast milk and other animal products as they age.  So, what does this say for adults who take this diet on as time goes by?  If it doesn’t work for our children how is it going to work for us?  Again, we have stores of animal nutrients and access to convenient animal protein in our bodies and when that goes so too does our ability to function at our highest or normal efficiency.  This is seen in adults in the high number of Vegans who don’t continue being Vegans (even though they are doing it correctly with a lot of positive effort) as the diet depletes and doesn’t work for them.  They have to adjust and changing what you eat is usually at the core of how one would go about feeling better.

 

Roots of Veganism

 

Taking a step back, looking at the possible reasons for why Veganism has emerged is valuable.  Over 100 years ago most people interacted with animals more, especially if you lived in a rural setting.  Even if you didn’t, people like my grandpa who lived in San Francisco always tell me stories of packing up the chickens to take them on a road trip for food.  People of this era witnessed the killing of animals from a very early age that normalized it into a natural life process of living and dying.  The emotional reality of the world through killing, bleeding, dying, and suffering was part of how animals and humans ate.  Whether you’re a Vegan, a vegetarian, an omnivore; animals eat living things.  Things have to die for animals to live.  Forming life and fueling growth requires life to be lost.  New creatures are made out of dead creatures.  This mentality used to be very normalized.

 

In modern times we haven’t formed that relationship with the life cycle and with animals.  Rather, we have stuffed animals that keep us cozy and snuggled at night.  We grow up on cartoons where animals make us laugh and entertained and are viewed very much as humans and given a human story in how they talk, act, and live.  Our emotional limbic brain developed observing this in our early childhood and hence was etched into our brains for how we carry on viewing animals.

 

As childhood advances we encounter domesticated animals which are animals that act like the juvenile version of their adult, wild selves.  Dogs act like pups and cats act like kittens.  Because most of us weren’t raised with real relationships with real animals in the wild we have a skewed view of animals and how they act and what their life is really like and what their purpose is.  Children are kept from the reality that people are animals themselves, and hunters at that, and that they kill animals for food.  It is also not made aware to them that non-domesticated animals usually get eaten or become injured and die from infection or disease.  Animals don’t come together for a grand Bambi conference.  They come together to hunt and to kill, eat, and run from each other.  There is no retirement home for non-domesticated animals where someone takes care of them.  To modern generations exposed to domesticated animals and cartoon animals, it feels cruel to kill and eat them.  We don’t see slaughterhouses now.  Killing is hidden and almost made into a secret cult.  We’ve lost out on the Native American spirituality of life cycle and ecology of the land.  Hunting and nature and the natural biology of life and death went from being a natural part of our existence to being cruel.  It went from being amoral to immoral.  Vegans are attempting to meditate these immoral acts of killing and slaughter out of our DNA.  Veganism is an attempt at this and an apology for our ecology and will starve themselves and self-flagellate as a result.

 

A mentality that a lot of Vegans prescribe to is the fear and judgement that they are accumulating a lot of dark karma for eating animal products?  For all the animals that are killed for us to live our lifestyle of driving cars, purchasing technology, wearing certain clothes, supporting certain industries, harvesting kale and other agriculture, ones we step on, etc., would the number of a conscious omnivore be that dramatically different from a Vegan?  It seems like the grand total of death accumulates mostly from our destruction of smaller living life forms.  Not that this gives us an excuse to then kill more animals but just that most of our destruction is through most of us just living out our normal lives that most reasonable people would not deem to be a problem.  And does reincarnation play any role in this?  Can we really kill something and the energy that goes into something else?  Have we convinced ourselves that death is larger and has more meaning than it should have?  Have we lost sight of the natural life cycle even more?

 

At some point Vegans come across factory farming which offends us.  It is a truly horrible practice that changes people and claws at our sensibilities.  The industrialization process of animals looks like the very worst of what we see human beings doing to each other.  A slave condition holocaust of animals.  As a result, Veganism can become the obvious choice.  Why wouldn’t I find another way?  Why would I participate in hurting animals when I don’t have to?  Unfortunately, people don’t just not support factory farming but instead go against even local farming.  It is not known that local farming is different than factory farming and that comes with having real relationships with your farmer which people don’t do.  We want easy solutions to difficult questions and tic toc between extremes in thinking.  You’re either with us or against us.  You either love and respect animals and don’t condemn them to death in factory farming or you participate in it.  This leads to a world rooted in witch hunting.

 

Vegans rage about factory farming then turns on the hunter and gathering ecology people who are more in touch with animals than most Vegans are.  Average Vegans love for animals is just for domesticated animals (dogs, cats, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys).  Most are not involved with wild animals.  A person who is a hunter and gatherer very often takes notice and appreciation of wild animals and their environments.  They tend to care far more than Vegans about rivers, creeks, nature, wild life management and conservation, ecology in general, etc.  Preserving wild animal numbers and nature conservation activist efforts come mostly from hunters and not Vegans.  Wouldn’t it be nice if hunters and conservationists could come together with Vegans on the other side?  They are often seen as enemies of each other.  Can the hippy who cares about nature, domesticating edible plants and crops, and not killing animals, team up with the hunter who cares about ecology with plants and animals, and conservation of natural wild environments?  Each group can offer each other very valuable information on nutrition and taking care of the Earth.  Waging a war of ideas against each other will never produce any practical solutions.

 

Eventually the aggression, guilt, and judgement a lot of Vegans have leads them to not eating with anyone.  They become overwhelmed by the idea that everyone is partaking in the holocaust.  They’ll isolate themselves in their own echo chambers and as we are social apes this is counter to whatever message we are trying to push.  Sharing food is an invitation and an opening for us and allows for bringing people into your social circle so we can influence and be influenced.  Not participating with other people in such basic bonding acts lead to pushing people away and then those pushed away start to push away as well but the Vegan doesn’t realize they are the ones pushing everyone away due to their judgement and unwillingness to participate and receive with others.  Vegans can feel as if they are at a dinner table with a bunch of racist skin heads but it’s very much different than that as our biology and history tell us differently that we are omnivorous creatures.  Food and energy acquisition comes from plants and animals and that is a very deep-rooted instinct for naturally absorbing nutrition.

 

Veganism and Farming as the Solution and What That Promotes

 

Veganism is made possible by farming.  And farming is a triumph and a control over nature.  Hunter and gatherers participate in ecology and are just another animal in the ecosystem.  Farmers have dominion over nature.  They tear apart nature and mostly grow things that naturally wouldn’t grow there all while nature is constantly attempting to take it back over.  Raised, domesticated species take over on farms.  It allows us to feed enough people on a vegetarian diet.  Farming is the original anti-nature approach and the foundation for Veganism.  If you care about animals then you certainly wouldn’t want to clear habitats that animals naturally use to grow vegetables or wheat or whatever.  Destroying a forest to grow kale for everybody?  What about the deer, the worms, the insects, the rabbits that would have normally used that land?  Are Vegans going so far down their “I’m right” extremist path that they can’t see anymore that they might actually be contributing to the problem of hurting animals and nature more with their supposed solution to that problem?

 

All of this is made possible by agriculture.  As the agricultural age advanced it gave rise to hierarchy for humans and this hierarchy gave rise to patriarchy.  Does this make it fair to claim that Veganism and patriarchy can be very much related?  Patriarchy didn’t even exist until there was hierarchical structured societies which came out of agriculture.  Agriculture directly coincides with husbandry, which means being a farmer and taking land and a wife as your own and rearing them and farming them to fruition.  To be a husband on an agricultural plot of land has a history of directly relating to patriarchy and controlling women and treating them as a domesticated product that you’re in control over.  You can farm your wife as you farm your cattle and your land, and have complete dominion over the household.  Being a Vegan and supporting agriculture while standing against patriarchy seem to be two opposing things that equal each other out.

 

To fully support and fall back in balance with nature means not taking on an anti-nature approach with something like Veganism.  Cows are not the problem.  It’s that cows are a part of agriculture and that is showing to be a major problem.  It is just as bad to have mono crops of corn.  Factory farming plants is no different than factory farming animals.  These agricultural practices all lead to the same problems and the same place whether they be animals or plants in an agricultural setting.

 

The answer lies in the realm of human beings being connected to ecology again.  Creating balance with nature pertaining to plants and animals synergistically giving and taking from each other and leading to a healthy, vibrant cycle of life.  To create this, we need to move away from this domesticated, patriarchal, agricultural approach.  Solutions lie in being in natural ecology to nature, not in trying to defeat it.  Omnivores with awareness is a phrase that comes to mind and, overall, being conscious and ethical and intentional in our approach to being in balance with nature, life, death, and our nutrition is a wonderful practice.  The Veganism approach sounds wonderful but in practice is very extreme.  It appeals to an easy fix to big things that can’t be fixed like hunting, killing, life, death, etc.  It’s rooted in martyrdom and has a very monastic fervor.  The thought of Jesus dying for our sins on the cross within the Christian tradition come to mind.  Many of us have grown up with going to church or at least being exposed to this cultural story of Jesus and the normalization of his actions give rise to the mentality that Vegans cling onto.  They will slowly torture themselves for the sins of their fellow man and nature’s natural life cycle pertaining to death.  The fervor of the story of Jesus dying for our sins and Vegans dying for the sins of nature related to animals dying is a never-ending saga that doesn’t have any realistic solution or ending in terms of what is real for how humans and nature conduct themselves.  Both mindsets are rooted in a mythical, religious extremism, and make for a sexy, convenient solution that can be summed up quickly.  Rarely is this the case in life.

 

It seems apparent we need plant food and animal food.  We need fungi in our diet too in the form of fruit bodies and we need fermented food/bacteria in our foods.  The approach of hunting, gathering, foraging, and fermenting allows us to participate in ecology and become a part of nature again.  We need to have a deeper integration to ecology vs a deeper integration with agriculture.  Food sources are good who aren’t doing factory farming, mass plantings, mono crops, and most importantly are local people who have relationships with their communities.

 

Where Veganism Seems to be Going

 

The Vegan approach puts forth the ideology that it is less cruel and our eventual evolutionary process to eating.  These things don’t really seem to be the case if we look at our history and what is currently taking place with farming methods, etc.  We have been eating animal foods for at least 4 million years.  We can’t in one generation, or even within a few hundred years, just stop doing that.  Biology and physiology dictate this kind of change happens very slowly.  If we want to do this, it would seem that the evolutionary process needs to play this out over a long period of time like at least 100,000 years.  How do we then make a 100,000 year plan?  The main problems of a Vegan diet are deficiencies in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin A and D and not being able to utilize efficient animal protein like plant protein.  The evolutionary process would have to include many generations of adapting to more efficiently absorbing plant protein and adapting to internally producing B12 and A and D or developing a new way altogether to get these sources from plants or by some other means.

 

Until we can be shown multiple generations of healthy living 100% Vegans giving birth to healthy living 100% Vegans and the ecology of the Earth being in balance as a result, we won’t know for sure that being Vegan is a healthy thing for us to do or right for the planet.  Going Vegan has very big limits for full application until we get at least somewhere near these results.  Currently, the tenets of Veganism don’t make sense and doesn’t consider the millions of years of evolution we’ve experienced and how the Earth has functioned in that time.  How does a 100-year-old diet (Veganism) with a 10,000 year old food (agriculture) trump 4 million years of omnivore benefits from eating animal foods?  Why would we wager our health on this type of diet with zero evidence of it working for humans and species related to us?  If you want to take on that experiment with your body be your own guest but don’t push it on others and especially not children.  Making children be vegetarian and vegan is a big no no.  How do we push onto our children our morals and our ideology for how we think the world ought to be?  Nutritionally we are depleting them due to an ideology; a mythical thought process about what is best for the Earth and our long-term nutrition.  Children need to be free individuals and given a diet that has been proved not to lead to cognitive depletion and body depletion.  With such evidence, forcing a Vegan or vegetarian diet onto a child is definitely a form of child abuse.  As children become older children, closer to adults perhaps, only then should they be allowed to make their own choices about if they choose to take on such a lifestyle diet.  That decision needs to be absolutely their free will choice.

 

Summation

 

I have not held back in describing honestly in what I have felt, seen, and overall observed within Vegan culture and practices.  I am not directing any animosity or forced view upon Vegans or anyone that doesn’t eat animals or anything like that.  For adults, we all have the right to decide for ourselves what is best for us.  There are wonderful things about being Vegan and believing in a less cruel world and getting your nutrition from plant sources.  I’m just trying to express here that it very much has its limits until it seems to turn counter to what it stands for.  Just how adults have the right to decide for themselves things and believe in whatever they want, they also have the duty to adjust their beliefs when new information presents itself.  My opinion has changed over the years and I’m sure it will change again as time goes by.  I become exposed to new information and then adjust to what I think is most healthy for us, animals, the earth, etc.  The problem is just that, though.  When we get ourselves into an –ism like Veganism we take on something that is believed to be never changing.  It is absolute and dogmatic in this way, and changing our view points based on new information is considered wrong or weak, somehow threatening the traditional tenets of the ideology and culture of people who have wrapped their identify in a bow around it.  I will be pushed away from certain communities and individuals for saying some of the things I’m saying here but I’ll take growing as a person any day vs blindly wanting to be accepted into a group of people who will judge me for having or not having a certain belief.  This is not the way to an ideal future for anything.

 

There are many healthy ways to eat and ethically take care of the Earth.  Native North Americans were some of the healthiest and ecological focused people that have ever lived on the planet and they ate animal products.  The Dalai Lama even went through his own period of being a Vegan and then decided against it for his own health and well-being.  There is also an idea that I prescribe to regarding ‘harm reduction’ when it comes to killing.  Harm reduction strategies in this case come in the form of acknowledging that killing is a human/animal instinct and it is going to happen.  Instead of condoning it outright and failing miserably because it is an instinct in us, how can we rather harness it in a way that allows for our instinct to come out but be less destructive overall?  If we celebrated the whole life cycle process again and celebrated hunting and channeled it into a practice that had an ecological outcome could this perhaps lead to less interspecies violence?  Humans will kill whether it be other animals or ourselves and that energy will be expressed.  Vegans often treat other humans bad or even threaten to kill them!  There is no greater irony than when Vegan aggression occurs on this level.  Is warfare overall perhaps an expression of this repressed energy?  How do we channel and make peace with our inner werewolf?  Having such strategies and this type of meaningful conversation could produce some real growth and positivity in the world.

 

As I have been exposed to new information over the years I realized that it was culminating into making me feel numbing anxiety and depression when I would walk into a store or look at a menu to buy food.  I wanted to support the best, most ethical practices whether it be animal or plant products, and I wanted to treat plant and animal species equally and take into account how much resources were used from the Earth.  I was stressing myself and people around me out and one day when I was looking at a menu I threw it down and pledged that I was going to do the best I could do and that was going to be good enough.  I wasn’t going to starve myself anymore either.  I am a good person and I don’t want fear, guilt, and shame to run my life.  I will make ethical decisions with the information I know as best I can and continue my journey to lead a good life in symbiotic and synergistic relation to the Earth and species that I interact with.  Some people won’t agree with my thought process or actions but that is okay.  Let’s talk about it and do some experiments shall we, and be okay with possible disagreement.

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