As we all know in our bones, there is a predatory quality to our
economic system, and competition underlies all our institutions. We
prey upon each other. It may not be obvious from within our planetâ€šÃ„Ã´s
dominant society, but our culture and our corporations and other
institutions act in ways that can only be described as predatory
vis-âˆšâ€ -vis those who are less industrialized, less wealthy, and less
able to protect themselves.
Eating animal foods is an indefensible holdover from another era beyond
which we must evolve, and with the ever-increasing profusion of vegan
and vegetarian cookbooks and vegan foods like soy milk, soy ice cream,
rice syrup, tofu, veggie burgers, and so forth, as well as fresh
organically grown vegetables, legumes, fruits, grains, nuts, pastas,
and cereals, we see alternatives proliferating. Books, videos,
websites, vegetarian/vegan restaurants and menu options, animal rights
groups, and vegan organizations are also multiplying as we respond to
the vegan imperative.
As many of you know, the Season For Nonviolence begins on January 30, anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, and runs for 64 days, to the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination on April 4. It is a time to commemorate the teachings and example of these two great human beings. There will be many events in cities throughout North America during this time to educate, inspire, and celebrate nonviolence, and I hope that we can all begin to realize and reduce the immense violence we commit towards animals used for food, and help raise consciousness in our culture that nonviolence begins on our plates. As I discuss in The World Peace Diet, if we yearn to contribute to peace, a terrific
opportunity for all of us is to move ever closer to a vegan way of being in the world, and spread the word to others through our efforts and example. Veganism is radical inclusion–including all sentient
beings within the sphere of our compassion. King said, “Violence anywhere hurts everyone everywhere,” and Gandhi’s basic entreaty was to “Be the change you want to see in the world.” These two teachings point to the interconnectedness of all of us, and to the necessity for an awakening to this truth at the daily life level.
With the new administration of Barack Obama, there is still a palpable sense of relief and optimism in the air, even in the midst of what everyone recognizes are enormous challenges. We must never forget that all change comes from the grass roots, and that Presidents are under enormous pressure from the plutocracy to divide, exploit, and confuse. As we insist on peace, justice, sustainability, and equality, and live these values in our lives and communicate them as best we can through all levels of our culture, we will see our leaders responding. I highly recommend boycotting not only the meat,dairy, egg, and other animal abuse industries, but also the pharmaceutical-medical complex and the mass media. Getting news from alternative sources is empowering and illuminating! There are so many, and they are proliferating!
Some good news! A colleague who lives in Chicago and works out in the same gym where Obama also used to exercise, saw him on the last day he was in the gym in late December, and gave him a copy of The World Peace Diet! I had signed it specifically to Obama, and she was able to put it right into his hands, as he smiled and graciously received it! The next day, he and his family left for their Hawaii vacation, and from there went to Washington, DC and the inauguration. Thanks to the angels for this minor miracle, and please, if you have time, write to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and recommend that they read The World Peace Diet and go vegan as an example of the “Yes We Can” and
“Change” themes we have been hearing so much.
A few days ago, a film crew from Supreme Master Television (www.suprememasterTV.com) came down to our rolling home by the edge of the Atlantic here in the Florida Keys and filmed an appeal that I made, urging President Obama and all leaders to switch to an organic, whole foods vegan diet to exemplify their willingness to be the change, and to encourage others to do the same. It is gratifying to see that there are leaders at various levels of government who are courageously urging people to switch to plant-based eating, and are doing it themselves. Please thank them and encourage others also! Also, if you are involved with or interested in the Unity movement, there is an interesting new video that Supreme Master TV has created about the Unity Movement and vegetarianism, entitled, “The Unity School of Christianity and Spiritual Vegetarianism,” Part 1 and Part 2. It is eye-opening and encouraging, and is internationally translated and televised, like all SMTV content. Here’s the link:
Some more good news! Sales of The World Peace Diet broke new records in 2008, and it was again, for the second year in a row, the #1 best selling book of New York’s Lantern Books (out of 150 books). It will
be going into its fifth printing soon, which will include the long-missed index! In the meantime, you can always download the index for free from our website. The book is still $20, signed, including a
free CD and Madeleine’s Intuitive Cooking, and there are also several quantity discounts available as well. We also have the book available as an audio book for $20 (physical) or just $15 to download to your computer. Before too long, it’ll be available as an audio book on iTunes as well. See http://worldpeacediet.org for details.
There’s even more good news! Increasing numbers of people are facilitating study courses and book study groups on The World Peace Diet in cities around North America – and our two leading facilitators, Mark Stroud and Anna Ferguson in Cincinnati are working with a new 501(c)3 non-profit called A.P.E. – Animals, People, Earth -to promote the World Peace Diet in Cincinnati and beyond by encouraging book study groups nationwide, opening a vegan restaurant in Cincinnati, developing a line of vegan foods, and sponsoring a vegan yoga conference in Cincinnati in October of 2009 called, you guessed it, the World Peace Yoga Conference – see you there! For more information on all this, go to: www.worldpeacediet.org/APE.htm.The conference will feature Gabriel Cousens, Andrew Harvey, Sharon Gannon, and many other leaders in the yoga, spirituality, and vegan movements.
And one more thing! Please consider joining us on the vegan Caribbean cruise called the Taste of Health Cruise, leaving from Fort Lauderdale on March 1 until March 8, featuring T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, Christina Pirello, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and others. For more information, http://www.atasteofhealth.org/
Finally, please join the forums and discussion groups at www.worldpeacediet.net, and feel free to sign up for our free daily “Veg Inspiration For The Day” at www.worldpeacediet.org and/or the Worldwide Prayer Circle For Animals at www.circleofcompassion.org. Also please remember that our continuously updated tour schedule is posted on our website: www.willtuttle.com/schedule.
A big thank-you to all of you who are working diligently to raise consciousness on this Earth. You are making a difference! We are all connected. Bless you all!
That’s it for now.
Love and peace,
Will & Madeleine
As long as we remain imprisoned in the maze of self-oriented thinking,
we can easily justify our cruelty to others, excuse our hard eyes and
supremacist position, discount the suffering we impose on others, and
continue on, rationalizing our actions and blocking awareness of the
reality of our feelings and of our fundamental oneness with other
We may discover that we can â€šÃ„Ãºthinkâ€šÃ„Ã¹ with our hearts, without words, and
we may learn to appreciate the consciousness of animals and begin to
humbly explore their mysteries. There is perhaps much we can learn from
animals. Not only do they have many powers completely unexplainable by
contemporary science, but they are fellow pilgrims with us on this
earth who contribute their presence to our lives and enrich our living
world in countless essential ways. In fact, without the humble
earthworms, bees, and ants whom we relentlessly kill and dominate, the
living ecosystems of our earth would break down and collapseâ€šÃ„Ã®something
we certainly cannot say about ourselves!
Post-rational intuitive knowing can be born as a sense of being
connected with all beings. No longer being merely a parade of
conditioned thoughts revolving around a sense of being a separate self,
we can sense more deeply into the nature of being and begin to know
outside the limitations of linear thinking. With this comes an
understanding that our essential nature is not evil, confined, selfish,
or petty, but is eternal, free, pure, and is of the essence of love.
Our minds and consciousness are almost completely unexplored territory
because we have been raised in a herding culture that is fundamentally
uncomfortable with introspection. Our science blatantly ignores
consciousness as an unapproachable, unquantifiable and unopenable
â€šÃ„Ãºblack boxâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and distracts us with focusing solely on measurable
phenomena. Our religions discourage meditation and reduce prayer to a
dualistic caricature of asking and beseeching an outside, enigmatic,
and projected male entity.
Disconnecting and desensitizing in comfort is not the same as inner
peace, which is the fruit of awareness and of living in alignment with
the understanding that comes from this awareness.
Spiritual teachings of our interconnectedness and the vegan ethic of
universal compassion, besides being vital and transformative, are in
profound alignment with the core instruction of the worldâ€šÃ„Ã´s religions,
which is to love others.
Learning to look the other way brings spiritual death in everyone who
practices it. In encouraging it, religious institutions show how far
they have strayed from the passionate mercy and all-seeing kindness
taught and lived by those whose spiritual evolution and illumination
inspired the institutions themselves.