VegInspiration. A Primary Symbol

Will Tuttle : May 12, 2010

Food is not only a fundamental necessity; it is also a primary symbol in the shared inner life of every human culture, including our own. It is not hard to see that food is a source and metaphor of life, love, generosity, celebration, pleasure, reassurance, acquisition, and consumption. And yet it is also, ironically, a source and metaphor of control, domination, cruelty, and death, for we often kill to eat. Every day, from the cradle to the grave, we all make food choices, or they are made for us. The quality of awareness from which these inevitable food choices arise—and whether we are making them ourselves or they are being made for us—greatly influences our ability to make connections. This ability to make meaningful connections determines whether we are and become lovers and protectors of life or unwitting perpetrators of cruelty and death.

Photo: Jason Huckle

VegInspiration. The Inner Feminine.

Will Tuttle : May 11, 2010

The inner feminine is our intuition, our sensitivity, and our ability to sense the profound interconnectedness of events and beings, and it is vital to peace, wisdom, joy, intelligence, creativity, and spiritual awakening. With every baby calf stolen from her mother and killed, with every gallon of milk stolen from enslaved and broken mothers, with every thrust of the raping sperm gun, with every egg stolen from a helpless, frantic hen, and with every baby chick killed or locked for life in a hellish nightmare cage, we kill the sacred feminine within ourselves. By ordering and eating products from the industrial herding complex that dominates the feminine with an iron fist, we squelch our opportunities for maturing to higher levels of understanding, sensitivity, and compassion. We remain merely ironic in our quests.

Photo: CanonJam

VegInspiration. Song of the New Mythos

Will Tuttle : May 10, 2010

The song of the new mythos that yearns to be born through us requires our spirits to be loving and alive enough to hear and recognize the pain we are causing through our obsolete food orientation. We are called to allow our innate mercy and kindness to shine forth and to confront the indoctrinated assumptions that promote cruelty. While we are granted varying degrees of privilege depending on our species, race, class, and gender, we are all harmed when any is harmed; suffering is ultimately completely interconnected because we are all interconnected, and socially-constructed privilege only serves to disconnect us from this truth of our interdependence.

Photo: Rinalia

VegInspiration. Natural Compassion

Will Tuttle : May 9, 2010

In order to confine and kill animals for food, we must repress our natural compassion, warping us away from intuition and toward materialism, violence, and disconnectedness.

Photo: Rinalia

VegInspiration. Behavior reflects Understanding

Will Tuttle : May 8, 2010

Our behavior invariably reflects our understanding, and yet our behavior also determines what level of understanding we are able to attain.

Photo: Rinalia

VegInspiration. Call to Evolve

Will Tuttle : May 7, 2010

The calling we hear today is the persistent call to evolve. It is part of a larger song to which we all contribute and that lives in our cells and in the essential nature of the universe that gives rise to our being. It is a song, ultimately, of healing, joy, and celebration because all of us, humans and non-humans alike, are expressions of a beautiful and benevolent universe. It is also a song of darkest pain and violation, due to our accepted practices of dominating, commodifying, and killing animals and people.

VegInspiration. Peace & Freedom

Will Tuttle : May 6, 2010

Eating animal foods is a fundamental cause of our dilemmas, but we will squirm every which way to avoid confronting this. It is our defining blind spot and is the essential missing piece to the puzzle of human peace and freedom. Because of our culturally inherited behavior of abusing the animals we use for food and ignoring this abuse, we are exceedingly hesitant to look behind the curtain of our denial, talk with each other about the consequences of our meals, and change our behavior to reflect what we see and know. This unwillingness is socially supported and continually reinforced.

The Myth of the King of Beasts

Will Tuttle : May 5, 2010

 ‚Äì by David Ulrich

    We are all familiar with the phrase, ‚Äúthe king of the beasts.‚Äù Usually this honor is conferred on the male African lion, said to be at the top of the food chain because he kills other animals to survive.

    However the truth behind this myth is that lions are far from the top of the food chain. Lions, like other predators, are basically scavengers, like buzzards and vultures. Far from being masters of their domain, predators are forced to wait until animals are wounded or become ill or infirm before they dare to try and kill them. A strong, healthy animal can often injure a predator if he or she attacks.

    Every carnivore's meal triggers a new countdown. The animal must find another meal before becoming too weak to hunt. One stretch of lean times or an injury can weaken or slow him down, reducing his ability to hunt, and resulting in a slow death from injuries or by starvation, or even predation by other carnivores and scavengers.

    Contrary to the myth, the predators sit at the bottom of the food chain, teetering on the edge of life and death, fully dependent on external circumstances for their survival.

    As we know humans are essentially herbivores. The fact that our jaw moves sideways as well as up and down proves this fact. There is no carnivore (like a cat) or omnivore (like a dog) on this planet whose jaw moves side to side like an herbivore's. The reason is that only a hinged jaw can exert the pressure necessary to bite into raw muscle and bone. Humans are clearly not omnivores or carnivores by nature. Yet every day people in markets stand over pieces of carrion neatly packaged, resting in a bed of green, soaked in red food dye so it does not have the blueish cast of dead flesh.

    I wonder how many of these people, because of the ‚Äúking of the beasts myth,‚Äù believe that by eating pieces of flesh they are eating at the top of the food chain when actually they are eating from the bottom.

David Ulrich was inspired by Will Tuttle's 'The World Peace Diet' to go vegan! 🙂

VegInspiration. In Harmony

Will Tuttle : May 4, 2010

As children, through constant exposure to the complex patterns of belief surrounding our most elaborate group ritual, eating food, we ingested our culture’s values and invisible assumptions. Like sponges, we learned, we noticed, we partook, and we became acculturated. Now, as adults, finding our lives beset with stress and a range of daunting problems of our own making, we rightly yearn to understand the source of our frustrating inability to live in harmony on this earth.

VegInspiration. Stone Blind Custom

Will Tuttle : May 3, 2010

“The world is his who can see through its pretensions. What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold, is there only by sufferance—your sufferance. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it a mortal blow.”


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