When we realize that we‚Äôve all been given the gift of bodies that
require no nutrients we cannot get from plant sources, we can become,
ourselves, the change we want to see in the world. This is the heart
and soul of the vegan revolution of love, joy, and peace that is
beckoning and to which we are all called to contribute.
If lab-grown ‚Äúmeat‚Äù becomes available, that will reduce our killing and
waste of resources. And it may help us move toward veganism, since our
meals will no longer require us to disconnect from the suffering we‚Äôre
causing animals.. However, there are countless ways we oppress and
abuse animals besides eating them, and if our culture doesn‚Äôt evolve to
the vegan ethic of compassion to all beings, and continues to use and
prey on animals, our technology will magnify our violence and we‚Äôll do
the same to each other.
Veganism is the essence of inclusiveness and nonviolence: seeing sacred beings when we see others, never reducing them to objects or commodities for our use. It is the ancient wisdom of the interconnectedness of the welfare of all, and is also the dawning mentality that is foundational to sustainability, freedom, and lasting peace. Our children‚Äôs world will be vegan, or the alternative is unpleasant to contemplate.
Our meals and institutions reflect each other and reinforce the
delusion that we are violent and competitive by nature. Spiritual and
religious teachings say otherwise. The Bodhisattva ideal that Buddhists
emulate, for example, embodies the understanding that our true nature
is wisdom, loving-kindness and cooperativeness. Our greatest joy comes
in helping others and blessing them, and we hurt ourselves the most
when we harm others for our own gain.
With awareness, our behavior naturally changes, and individual changes
in behavior, rippling through the web of relationships, can lead to
social transformation and bring new dimensions of freedom, joy, and
creativity to everyone. It all begins with our most intimate and
far-reaching connection with the natural order, our most primary
spiritual symbol, and our most fundamental social ritual: eating.