Veg Inspiration, Monday

Will Tuttle : February 16, 2009

Art Cards by Madeleine Tuttle

Looking deeply, we see that the perpetrators are themselves victims of
violence—that’s why they’ve become perpetrators—and their violence
hurts not only the animals but themselves and the bystanders as well.
All three are locked in a painful embrace, and it is the bystanders who
have the real power. They can either turn and look away, thus giving
their tacit approval, or they can witness and bring a third dimension
of consciousness and awareness to the cycle of violence that has the
victims and perpetrators hopelessly enmeshed.

Veg Inspiration, Sunday

Will Tuttle : February 15, 2009

Smiling_Cow.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

If our only motivation for not eating animal foods is our own health,
it's easy to “cheat” a little here and there and pretty soon go back to
eating them again. When our motivation is based on compassion, it is
deep and lasting, because we understand that our actions have direct
consequences on others who are vulnerable.

Veg Inspiration, Saturday

Will Tuttle : February 14, 2009

Art by Madeleine Tuttle

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of
animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated
artifice, man in civilization surveys the creatures through the glass
of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole
image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for
their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And
therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured
by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished
and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or
never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not
brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with
ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the
splendour and travail of the earth.”

Henry Beston, from "The Outermost House"

Veg Inspiration, Friday

Will Tuttle : February 13, 2009

What is compassion? It is not simply a sense of caring and kindness
toward the being before you. It isn’t merely a warm-hearted feeling of
empathy for the suffering of others. It is also the determined and
practical resolve to do whatever is possible to relieve their
suffering, the sustained urge to reduce and eliminate the suffering
they are experiencing.

Veg Inspiration, Thursday

Will Tuttle : February 12, 2009

monkey_dove_pic.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

Veganism is still exceedingly rare even among people who consider
themselves spiritual aspirants because the forces of early social
conditioning are so difficult to transform. We are called to this,
nevertheless; otherwise our culture will accomplish nothing but further
devastation and eventual suicide.

Veg Inspiration, Wednesday

Will Tuttle : February 11, 2009

cute_deer.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

Looking undistractedly into the animal-derived foods produced by
modern methods, we inescapably find misery, cruelty, and exploitation.
We therefore avoid looking deeply at our food if it is of animal
origin, and this practice of avoidance and denial, applied to eating,
our most basic activity and vital ritual, carries over automatically
into our entire public and private life. We know, deep down, that we
cannot look deeply anywhere, for if we do, we will have to look deeply
into the enormous suffering our food choices directly cause.

Veg Inspiration, Tuesday

Will Tuttle : February 10, 2009

baby_chicks2_1.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

“Vegetarianism serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit
of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere.” –
Count Leo Tolstoy

Veg Inspiration, Monday

Will Tuttle : February 9, 2009

Perth_Zoo_051_1_.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

From this new consciousness we can accomplish virtually anything; it
represents the fundamental positive personal and cultural
transformation that we yearn for, and it requires that we change
something basic: our eating habits.

Veg Inspiration, Sunday

Will Tuttle : February 8, 2009

cute_goat.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

To some, simply becoming vegan looks like a superficial step—can
something so simple really change us? Yes! Given the power of childhood
programming and of our culture’s inertia and insensitivity to violence
against animals, authentically becoming a committed vegan can only be
the result of a genuine spiritual breakthrough. This breakthrough is
the fruit of ripening and effort; however, it is not the end but the
beginning of further spiritual and moral development.

Veg Inspiration, Saturday

Will Tuttle : February 7, 2009

cute_animal_bear.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

We all know in our bones that other animals feel and suffer as we do.
If we use them as things, we will inevitably use other humans as
things. This is an impersonal universal principle, and ignoring it
doesn’t make it go away. It operates with mathematical regularity as
Pythagoras taught: what we sow in our treatment of animals, we
eventually reap in our lives. Because it is a taboo to say this or make
this fundamental connection in our herding culture, we can go to church
assured that we will not be confronted by the discomforting entreaty to
love all living beings and to use none of them as things.

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