VegInspiration. Ethical Intelligence

Will Tuttle : November 9, 2009

Mt. Bonnell

Compassion is
ethical intelligence: it is the capacity to make connections and the consequent
urge to act to relieve the suffering of others.


Undercover Thanksgiving video

Will Tuttle : November 8, 2009

Hi Everyone,
With Thanksgiving coming up soon, it’s sometimes helpful to share with folks the realities of the commodification of living beings – this C.O.K. video gets the point across without being overly hard to watch, and the music pulls people in I think in a gentle & powerful way:

Yours for the animals,

VegInspiration. Inherited Eating Habits

Will Tuttle : November 8, 2009

None of us ever
consciously and freely chose to eat animals. We have all inherited this from
our culture and upbringing. Going into the baby food department of any grocery
store today, we see it immediately: beef-flavored baby food, chicken, veal, and
lamb baby food, and even cheese lasagna baby food. Well-meaning parents,
grandparents, friends, and neighbors have forced the flesh and secretions of
animals upon us from before we can remember.

VegInspiration. Largest Massacre of Wildlife

Will Tuttle : November 7, 2009

puerto pesquero · fishing port · #4 by Xavier Fargas.

“Seafood is
simply a socially acceptable form of bush meat. We condemn Africans for hunting
monkeys and mammalian and bird species from the jungle yet the developed world
thinks nothing of hauling in magnificent wild creatures like swordfish, tuna,
halibut, shark, and salmon for our meals. The fact is that the global slaughter
of marine wildlife is simply the largest massacre of wildlife on the planet.” –
Paul Watson

VegInspiration. Slaughterhouse Revealed

Will Tuttle : November 6, 2009

Piglets by D-Kav.

Emerson’s “You
have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in
the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity,” shows the esteemed
Concord sage’s ability to make the connections that elude most. Bronson
Alcott’s daughter, Louisa May, wrote, “Vegetable diet and sweet repose. Animal
food and nightmare. Pluck your body from the orchard; do not snatch it from the
shambles. Without flesh diet there could be no bloodshedding war.” She makes
explicit the connection between the violence inherent in eating animals,
nightmares, and the nightmare of human violence turned against ourselves.

VegInspiration. Our Influences

Will Tuttle : November 5, 2009

The more forcefully we ignore something, the more power it has over us and the more strongly it influences us.

VegInspiration. Uproot Exclusion

Will Tuttle : November 4, 2009

Creeping Thistle by Davide Simonetti.

When we uproot
exclusion and domination from our plates, seeds of compassion can finally
freely blossom, and this process depends primarily on us watering the seeds and
fully contributing our unique journey. We depend on each other, and as we free
the beings we call animals, we will regain our freedom. Loving them, we will
learn to love each other and be fully loved.

VegInspiration. Seeds of Awakening

Will Tuttle : November 3, 2009

Seed Head by Davide Simonetti.

Within us lie
seeds of awakening and compassion that may be already sprouting. Our individual
journeys of transformation and spiritual evolution call us to question who and
what we’ve been told we and others are, to discover and cultivate the seeds of
insight and clarity within us, and to realize the connections we’ve been taught
to ignore. As we do this and as our web of journeys interweaves within our
culture, cross-fertilizing and planting seeds, we can continue the
transformation that is now well underway, and transcend the obsolete old
paradigm that generates cycles of violence.

VegInspiration. American Roots

Will Tuttle : November 1, 2009

~Happy Thanksgivng to You from a Turkey in our Yard! by ~Sage~.

November 1

The American
roots of deeply questioning food and developing the philosophical foundation
for a more compassionate relationship with animals can be traced to the
progressive writers clustered around Emerson in Concord in the mid-nineteenth
century. Thoreau wrote, “I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of
the human race in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals as
surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came into
contact with the more civilized.”

November 2

desensitizing of millions of children and adults—on the massive scale that
consuming millions of tortured animals daily requires—sows countless seeds of
human violence, war, poverty, and despair. These outcomes are unavoidable, for
we can never reap joy, peace, and freedom for ourselves while sowing the seeds
of harming and enslaving others.


Will Tuttle : October 31, 2009

2008 CA Celebration FOR the Turkeys by Farm Sanctuary.

“First, live a
compassionate life. Then you will know.‚Äù                                   


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