Peace Begins on Our Plates
I love the synchronicity of the Universe.
Just a few minutes before I logged on to Facebook, I was thinking about how most of us long for peace in our world–an end to conflict, wars, terrorist attacks, brutality.
What we often fail to realize is that a peaceful world cannot be born until each of us chooses a peaceful relationship to others, and that includes the sentient beings we share this world with.
Now to the comment about synchronicity.
At the Vegan for the Animals page, a man named Don Robertson posted this phrase:
“PEACE is… Predatory Eating Affliction Coming to End”.
I don’t know whether he thought of it himself or not, but how perfectly it expresses what I was thinking–and in a clever and cool way.
The truth is that we cannot achieve peace until we realize that it begins with each one of us.
It’s disingenuous to protest war or violence when we are a part of a mass war on animals and a violence against them so deplorable that very few want to even hear about it, although they can’t say they don’t know that animals are slaughtered for their meals.
If we don’t long for a peaceful and just world, then we need not change and the status quo of might equals right and unjust and cruel exploitation will continue to reign.
But if we hope for change that we can embrace that really does make this world a better place, then we must examine why we would pass on the chance to be a powerful part of that change.
“I’m too old”, “It’s tradition”, “It’s habit”, “I’m afraid to change” aren’t valid reasons to continue to be a part of a history of bloodshed and violence, they only perpetuate a cruel and unjust system that we can reject if we choose.
Isn’t it time to live what you believe and feel in your heart–that you have the power to make this world a better place for all beings?
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.”
“I am sometimes asked ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.'”
~George T. Angell, 1823-1909
Visit worldpeacediet.com for more.