NO one is free when others are oppressed
- We are all shaped by our past and present and we boldly go forward in life with aspiring views we obtain from both those wonderful parts of our lives. Mine is no different, and it shaped my empathy which shaped my desire to be a vegan and be an animal rights advocate. The information on this page isn't meant to 'make ' anyone change, but its offered as an example, that events in our lives alter who we are, and with great hope, enable us to shape the world for the better. With compassion in mind, things are made better.
Later in life when I was around 24, I met a friend who is a nurse, and while neither of us remembers why the conversation leaned around to the topic of vegetarianism, she clearly asked me to 'think about' being one.
I thought about it, and fairly soon thereafter started taking all meat out of my diet, because all her points made sense, that its not only not good for us, but its not a ethical thing to do given that animals 'do feel pain and are sentient beings'.
I am a vegan today , gladly, and I wish the world was, because not only would we all be more healthy, reduce health care costs in our country and therefore make the system more efficient for us all, but we clearly know now from all scientific evidence that we aren't even designed TO eat meat, as seen here on this video from a archeological scientist;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8 , so if you go there, and while its preferred you watch the whole thing, if you goto 3:15 into the video, you can see clearly the evidence the author makes.
So to recap, we aren't designed to even eat meat, its bad for our planet in terms of global warming, it makes feeding all of Earth's inhabitants impossible so starving occurs, it wastes valuable resources as a result and its bad for our health.
To fine tune the point even farther, I think there is a large missing piece to this puzzle, that many may not even be aware of.
Our family was a Christian one as it turned out, and while its not the only respected religion in our world, its my point of view , so I offer it here.
We all know that Jesus asked us to ' give me mercy not sacrifice' , coupled with the fact he was very upset about the temple practice of slaughter considering he removed the animals from said temple, and we all know that his teachings are some of the most compassionate.
To further add to the facts we know, we have this: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/was-jesus-last-supper-a-seder/ , which claims that the last supper wasn't even 'seder' , further bringing the point home that Jesus , and likely all of his family and most Jewish-Christians of that time, were as well. Historical authors further enhance this claim , as in this case , http://www.thenazareneway.com/ossuary_of_james.htm ( ~~Hegesippus 2nd century Christian historian quote ) clearly shows that James the Just , was a vegetarian, which has been noted by other scholars as well in the form , ' as james, so was Jesus ' .
The part of the story which many may not be aware of, is that when Rome destroyed the temple and many jewish people were killed, the ones that were able to get away went to Pella in Jordan. Being scattered and struggling to get back on their feet, Paul ( Paul of Tarsus ), who initially had people stoned for following Jesus and other biblical issues, was then free to put forth his well known belief about eating meat, which was ' your faith is weak if you don't eat meat '.
THis idea spread in certain areas and became what is known today as our 'modern diet', and its all based on views, by Paul, whom as we have shown, disagreed with Jesus and his family and all their followers, given the Paul thought it was even necessary, to say anything about 'faith is weak if you eat meat' in the first place. This proves how widespread 'not eating flesh' was, and if the reader thinks about it honestly, it all makes sense. Eating flesh requires harming innocent animals, and as has been shown above, we know , from a archeological scientist, that the myth about 'man eating meat' is not even supported, by anything about our bodies.
The last point that needs to be made in finishing, is that our fragile resources are pushed to the breaking point, by trying to 'feed' 8 +billion people meat, which is not sustainable. This added to the fact that all the food crops needed to feed all those animals, means that hunger spreads far and wide needlessly. All of this information we've laid out here, taken as a whole makes it clear, that a diet achieved on the backs of innocent sentient animals, is no diet at all. It's just a lie, and its time we all faced it, saved our planet , our health care system and became the species we were meant to become.
Gaillard Lee Johnson
Animal Rights advocate