VegInspiration. Take the Greatest Step

Will Tuttle : November 23, 2009

Australia: Siamois by Sylvain Labeste.

questioning our inherited cultural conditioning to commodify, abuse, and eat
animals, we are taking the greatest step we can to leave home, become
responsible adults, and mature spiritually, and by actively helping others do
the same, we return home with a liberating message of compassion and truth that
can inspire and bless others. By leaving home we can find our true home,
contribute to social progress, and help the animals with whom we share this
precious earth have a chance to be at home again as well. Photo by Sylvain Labeste

VegInspiration. Questioning Culture

Will Tuttle : November 22, 2009

Australia: Breakfast obligation by Sylvain Labeste.

In questioning our culture’s most
fundamental and defining practice, that of imprisoning and brutalizing animals
for food, we practice leaving home and embark on a spiritual journey that will
put us fundamentally at odds with our culture’s values, but that at the same
time makes it possible for us to be heroes who can help uplift and transform
our ailing culture. Photo by: Sylvain Labeste

VegInspiration. Leo Tolstoy

Will Tuttle : November 21, 2009

“This is
dreadful! Not only the suffering and death of the animals, but that man
suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity—that of
sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself—and by violating his
own feelings becomes cruel.‚Äù            

VegInspiration. Indoctrinated

Will Tuttle : November 20, 2009

Daisy Alpaca by kusi007.

Most of us
resist being told we’ve been indoctrinated. After all, we live in the land of
the free, and we like to think we’ve arrived freely at the belief that we need
to eat animal products and that it’s natural and right to do so. In fact, we
have inherited this belief. We’ve been indoctrinated in the most deeply rooted
and potent way possible, as vulnerable infants, yet because our culture denies
the existence of indoctrination, the reality of the process is invisible,
making it difficult for most of us to realize or admit the truth.

VegInspiration. Celebrate, Honor, & Appreciate

Will Tuttle : November 19, 2009

Instead of
reducing our intelligence and compassion by denying and destroying the
intelligence and purpose of animals, we could celebrate, honor, and appreciate
the immense diversity of intelligences, beauties, abilities, and gifts that
animals possess and contribute to our world. We could liberate ourselves by
liberating them and allowing them to fulfill the purposes that their particular
intelligences yearn for. We could respect their lives and treat them with
kindness. Our awareness and compassion would flourish, bringing more love and
wisdom into our relationships with each other. We could live in far greater
harmony with the universal intelligence that is the source of our life. To do
so, however, we would have to stop viewing animals as commodities, and this
means we would have to stop viewing them as food.

VegInspiration. In our churches

Will Tuttle : November 18, 2009

In our churches,
ministers often speak about the tragedy of loving things and using people, when
we must instead love people and use things. After the services, people eat
meals in which animals have become things to be used, not loved. This action,
ritually repeated, propels us into using people just as we use animals—as

VegInspiration. Maimonides

Will Tuttle : November 17, 2009

“It should not
be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the
contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and
not for the sake of anything else.‚Äù               


VegInspiration. Change in Behavior

Will Tuttle : November 16, 2009

It’s funny how
we want transformation without having to change! Yet the fundamental
transformation called for today requires the most fundamental change—a change
in our relationship to food and to animals, which will cause a change in our

VegInspiration. Contemporary Vegan Movement

Will Tuttle : November 15, 2009


The contemporary
vegan movement is founded on loving-kindness and mindfulness of our effects on
others. It is revolutionary because it transcends and renounces the violent
core of the herding culture in which we live. It is founded on living the truth
of interconnectedness and thereby consciously minimizing the suffering we
impose on animals, humans, and biosystems; it frees us
all from the slavery of becoming mere commodities. It signifies the
birth of a new consciousness, the resurrection of intelligence and compassion,
and the basic rejection of cruelty and domination. It is our only real hope for
the future of our species because it addresses the cause rather than being
concerned merely with effects.

VegInspiration. The Pythagorean Principle

Will Tuttle : November 14, 2009

Wolf Eyes ‚ô™ Paul Winter by Say~Cheese.

The Pythagorean

“As long as men
massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of
murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.‚Äù                       


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