BEING VEGAN – What Will It Take To Make Someone Care?

Paul_G_NewBy Paul Graham

Las Vegas Informer

“My most difficult challenge is the world of human indifference.  It is standing in the line at the supermarket and realizing that for the majority of people in the world, the misery and slaughter of animals is not an issue.”  – Karen Davis

I will admit that this is something that I deal with as well.  On one hand, at least here in the United States, we have the freedom to have an education provided for us…at least up to college.  We have the ability to learn about history and hopefully understand not only what has happened to get us here, but also to learn from the mistakes of those that have gone before us and be affected by the sufferings that others have had to endure.  The idea is to learn from these things.  Information is readily available to us on the Internet like never before in history.  And yet so many still choose, and it is a choice, to ether turn a blind eye to the suffering and slaughter of animals in this world or simply admit that they don’t care.  EIther, in my way of thinking and feeling, is not only distasteful, but wrong. It deeply saddens me and I know the growing number of people who already have or are coming to understand this vital issue before us.

So even though the information is before us and available for anyone to read, watch, and hear…so many choose to either disregard it or continue to believe the propaganda that has been put out for decades upon decades that we need animal products to live….both in our diet and our lifestyle.  The people that generally have put this information out over the years and continue to do so have something to gain by it…usually profits. They don’t carry about our well-being or that of the animals or the impact that it has upon our planet. Consumers will go to great lengths to try and justify the use of animal products in any way in their life simply because they enjoy it.  They want to continue to eat what they want no matter how it is affecting their health, other living beings, or the planet.  People want what they want.  It has been said that people are self-preservationists and think of themselves first.  I know this is true for so many. Yet why would someone knowingly consume something that they know has come as result of the suffering of others, is contributing to their own health issues and also to those of their families that they continue to feed this misery to?  This thought makes no sense to me now and there is no justification that one can really render to support it.

The truth in this case, whether someone chooses to accept it or not, is that we do not need animals to eat or live.  We are so far beyond that.  In fact, if we don’t consume animal products, we will actually thrive.  We will be at peace with ourselves and the world around us knowing that no other living being is being harmed because of our consumption and lifestyle.  No matter where your spiritual barometer lies, one has to understand that you cannot really enjoy life and peace fully when you are at the same time ingesting death and suffering.  It is wholly incongruent. You will fully realize this when you step away from long-held beliefs and actions and cross over to a life that does not support any of this.  I can tell you how wonderful it is, but it is not until you realize it and experience it for yourself that you will know in the profoundest of ways.  You will thrive in your mind, spirit, and body. It is one of the best things you can do, combined with exercise, to improve your health. You will save animals lives rather than contribute to the taking of them.  You will also contribute to making this planet healthy again.

I know that life can be a struggle and it is often not easy.  We wonder how we will get through the day, the week, the month.  It is difficult at times to focus on the future or anything before us…but it is essential that we do.  I know some live by the creed of pleasure today and consequences tomorrow.  I also know that change can be difficult, but is usually necessary for us to grow and evolve as individuals and a society.  It is far past time for a change.

The lives that most of us live can in no way be compared to the suffering that we allow animals to endure for our convenience, pleasure, and profit.  It is not a necessity.  It is a choice.  It is one that we all have and we can choose to make it have a powerful impact.  It can give life rather than taking it.  We will be healthier…our families will be healthier.  We will in large part opt out of a system that has not had our best interests in mind.  I am asking you to open up your mind, your eyes, and your heart and thoughtfully and seriously look at this issue and how you might be supporting it in one way or another.  I am asking you to care, not only for yourself and those you care about, but for the billions of living creatures on this planet that you don’t know.  But you can care about them.  I believe the best way to live is to help every other being live as well.  See…feel…care…and make the choice to remove animal products in every shape and form from your lives.  No more flimsy excuses.  Take a step and go all the way with it.  Don’t go part way, because the only to insure life for yourself, the animals, and the planet is to go all the way with it.

It can start today.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Las Vegas since 2004.  He is a top wedding officiate, a green Realtor and writer.  He has a daily vegan food blog www.eatingveganinvegas.tumblr.com which is 365 days and 365 vegan meals in Las Vegas.  He can also be reached at eatingveganlv@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/EatingVeganinVegas.

Paul’s e-book, “Eating Vegan in Vegas:  If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere” is now available at  www.sullivanstpress.com/shop/ebooks/eating-vegan-in-vegas/.

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