VegInspiration. Animals are Conscious!

Will Tuttle : October 24, 2009

Kudat, animal farm by ech0runner.

We can argue
that animals are largely unconscious, decreeing that because animals seem to
lack the complex language that allows them to formulate thoughts in words as we
do, their experience of suffering must therefore be less significant or intense
for them. This same thinking, however, could be used to justify harming human
infants and senile elderly people. If anything, beings who lack the ability to
analyze their circumstances may suffer at our hands more intensely than we
would because they are unable to put the distance of internal dialogue between
themselves and their suffering.

VegInspiration. Precious Planetary Ecology

Will Tuttle : October 23, 2009

Buckminster Fuller often emphasized that the way of cultural
transformation is not so much in fighting against destructive attitudes and
practices, but in recognizing them as being obsolete and offering positive,
higher-level alternatives. The competitive, violent, commodifying mentality of
the ancient herding cultures is, in our age of nuclear weapons and global
interconnectedness, profoundly obsolete, as is eating the animal foods of these
old cultures, which are unhealthy in the extreme both to our body-minds and to
our precious planetary ecology.

VegInspiration. Universal Compassion

Will Tuttle : October 22, 2009

October 21

The motivation behind vegan living is the universal spiritual
principle of compassion that has been articulated both secularly and through
the world’s religious traditions; the difference lies in veganism’s insistence
that this compassion be actually practiced. The words of Donald Watson, who
created the term “vegan” in 1944, reveal this practical orientation and bear
Veganism denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to
exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and
cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose; and by extension
promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of
humans, animals, and the environment.


October 22

All the world’s major religions have their own form of the Golden
Rule that teaches kindness to others as the essence of their message. They all
recognize animals as sentient and vulnerable to us, and include them within the
moral sphere of our behavior. There are also strong voices in all the
traditions emphasizing that our kindness to other beings should be based on
compassion. This is more than merely being open to the suffering of others; it
also explicitly includes the urge to
to relieve their suffering. We are thus responsible not just to refrain from
harming animals and humans, but also to do what we can to stop others from
harming them, and to create conditions that educate, inspire, and help others
to live in ways that show kindness and respect for all life. This is the high
purpose to which the core teachings of the world’s wisdom traditions call us.
It is an evolutionary imperative, a spiritual imperative, an imperative of
compassion, and, in reality, a vegan imperative.

VegInspiration. Shojin

Will Tuttle : October 20, 2009

no daily product!! by kalavinka.

Shojin is
“religious abstention from animal foods” and is based on the core religious
teaching of ahimsa, or harmlessness,
the practice of refraining from causing harm to other sentient beings. Shojin
and samadhi are seen to work together, with shojin purifying the body-mind and
allowing, though certainly not guaranteeing, access to the spiritually
enriching experience of samadhi.
Outer compassion and inner stillness feed
each other. Shojin and veganism are essential to our spiritual health because
they remove a fundamental hindrance on our path.

VegInspiration. Contemplation

Will Tuttle : October 19, 2009

Purple & Yellow Flower on Black by papalars.

We can see that
in general, the more a culture oppresses animals, the greater its inner
agitation and numbness, and the more extroverted and dominating it tends to be.
This is related to the scarcity of meditation in Western cultures, where people
are uncomfortable with sitting still. Quiet, open contemplation would allow the
repressed guilt and violence of the animal cruelty in meals to emerge to be
healed and released. Instead, the very activities that would be most beneficial
to people of our herding culture are the activities that are the most
studiously avoided. We have become a culture that craves noise, distraction,
busyness, and entertainment at all costs. This allows our eaten violence to
remain buried, blocked, denied, and righteously projected.

VegInspiration. Authentic Spiritual Teachings.

Will Tuttle : October 18, 2009

smaragd - meditation by Mara ~earth light~ (nflorence2012 in Love).

Authentic spiritual
teachings must necessarily teach an ethics of loving-kindness, because this
reflects our interconnectedness and the truth that what we give out comes back
to us. It leads to the harmony in relationships that is necessary not just for
social progress, but also for our individual inner peace and spiritual

VegInspiration. We are not predatory by nature

Will Tuttle : October 17, 2009

We are not
predatory by nature, but we’ve been taught that we are, in the most potent way
possible: we’ve been raised from birth to eat like predators. We’ve thus been
initiated into a predatory culture and been forced to see ourselves at the
deepest levels as predators. Farming animals is simply a refined and perverse
form of predation in which the animals are confined before being attacked and
killed. It doesn’t stop with animals, however.

VegInspiration. Intuition

Will Tuttle : October 16, 2009

The Lovers by Mara ~earth light~ (nflorence2012 in Love).

liberates, connects, illumines—and threatens our herding culture’s underlying
paradigm of violent oppression of animals and of the feminine. Intuition sees
the shadow clearly, and disarms it by embracing it and not feeding it. It sees
the animal hidden in the hot dog, ice cream, and omelette, feels her misery and
fear, and embraces her with love.

VegInspiration. The Lesson

Will Tuttle : October 15, 2009

The lesson is
quite basic. If we can’t stop the cruelty of eating animal foods, how can we
presume to develop the sensitivity, the spiritual consciousness, the joy,
peace, and creative freedom that are our potential?

VegInspiration. The Evolutionary Journey

Will Tuttle : October 14, 2009

Flower by

implies not only change but transformation. In world mythology, when heroes
refuse the call to leave home to take the evolutionary journey, they become
sick. For us as a culture it is the same.

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