Veg Inspiration, Universal Peace

Will Tuttle : April 11, 2009

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The word vegan, newer and more challenging than the word vegetarian because it includes every sentient being in its circle of concern and addresses all forms of unnecessary cruelty from an essentially ethical perspective, points to an ancient idea that has been articulated for many centuries, especially in the world’s spiritual traditions. It indicates a mentality of expansive inclusiveness and is able to embrace science and virtually all religions because it is a manifestation of the yearning for universal peace, justice, wisdom, and freedom.

Veg Inspiration, Expressions of the Infinite

Will Tuttle : April 10, 2009

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Like other animals, we are not fundamentally physical beings; we are essentially consciousness. We are all expressions of the infinite creative mystery force that births and sustains the universes of manifestation, and our bodies and minds are sacred, as are the bodies and minds of all creatures. Like us, animals have feelings and yearnings; they nest, mate, hunger, and are the conscious subjects of their lives. They make every effort, as we do, to avoid pain and death and to do what brings them happiness and fulfillment.

Veg Inspiration, Power of Veganism

Will Tuttle : April 9, 2009

In Between

The power of veganism is that it’s practiced. Being vegan is often difficult, not only because of the outer resistance we face, but even more because of the inner resistance we experience: our culture has planted its seeds of exclusivism and violence in us from the time of our birth, and a big part of our practice is to cultivate vegan attitudes of kindness and respect for everyone, even our so-called opponents. With this practice, we can plant seeds for a new world of peace and justice in our shared consciousness on this planet and realize and live the truth of our essential interconnectedness. Our path is our daily practice, both inwardly and outwardly, and as the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect.”

Veg Inspiration; Practicing Veganism

Will Tuttle : April 8, 2009

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Practicing veganism means practicing respect and sensitivity toward
others, especially those who are vulnerable and without social
privilege, and is precisely the practice required to bring healing to
our corrupt and wounded culture. Veganism is a call to renounce the
core practice of our culture—reducing beings to mere harvestable and
abuseable commodities—and to practice, in every aspect of our lives,
its opposite: mindfulness, inclusiveness, equality, and respect. There
is no force more subversive to our culture than practicing vegans, no
force more challenging, healing, transformative, and uplifting than
people living the truth that all life is sacred and interconnected.

Veg Inspiration

Will Tuttle : April 7, 2009

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We are taught as children to practice certain ways of seeing the world
and of relating to others, and we gradually become adept in these
practices. In our culture, we are taught to practice disconnecting the
reality of animal flesh and secretions in our meals from the actual
reality of the animal cruelty required to get them onto our plates.

Going vegan is a commitment to practice something else, to practice in
a completely different way than we were taught by our culture. Instead
of practicing desensitizing, disconnecting, and reducing others, we
practice reconnecting, resensitizing ourselves, and respecting others.
This commitment comes from deep within us, from our inherent compassion
and our inner urge to evolve spiritually and to live with awareness,
kindness, freedom, and joy.

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April 6th
It is illuminating to look at our treatment of animals and see how our
mistreatment of them has painful repercussions for us. The ironies
involved are remarkable. For example, animals in the wild are never
fat, but animals raised for food are severely confined and fed special
diets and given drugs and hormones in order to make them unnaturally
fat. They’re sold by the pound, after all. Sowing obesity in billions
of animals we reap it in ourselves.

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April 5th

The essence of the mentality that allows us to confine and kill animals
for food is the mentality of exclusion. We are all taught by our
culture from infancy to exclude certain beings from the sphere of our
compassion. Veganism is a radical response to this: it is a mentality
of utter inclusion: we consciously practice including all living beings
within our circle of caring; we exclude no one.

Anger is an
expression of exclusion. It destroys veganism and compassion. We are
called, as vegans, to transform our anger toward those who are harming
animals, people, the Earth, and future generations into compassion and
understanding for them.

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April 4th
Fish absorb and intensely concentrate toxins like PCBs, dioxins,
radioactive substances, and heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium,
and arsenic, all of which are linked to cancer as well as nervous
system disorders, kidney damage, and impaired mental functioning. They
contain excessive amounts of cholesterol, animal protein, and
hazardous, blood-altering oils. Besides contributing directly to human
disease and suffering through the toxicity of its products, the seafood
industry causes enormous damage to marine ecosystems throughout the

Veg Inspiration, Friday

Will Tuttle : April 3, 2009

Stay open and sensitive to the suffering of both animals and humans, and bring as much loving-kindness as you can to all your relationships with others, including yourself. We are all connected, and your joy brings joy to others and makes your veganism more appealing and contagious to others.

Veg Inspiration, Thursday

Will Tuttle : April 2, 2009

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The revolution implicit in veganism is a revolution of universal love and inclusiveness and its energy of joy can wash the planet clean and transform ugly human folly. Give thanks every day for the joy in your heart and that you see reflected in the birds, flowers, trees, and in the whole web of celebrating life, for that is what you are.

Veg Inspiration, Wednesday

Will Tuttle : April 1, 2009

The foundation of our culture’s systemic violence against animals for food is a mentality of exclusion. For us as vegans to be a force for the revolution of compassion that is called for if our culture is to survive, we must heal the mentality of exclusion within ourselves, and exclude no one from our understanding and compassion. We don’t have the luxury to cultivate anger, or allow it to be a motivation, because anger is a poison that is inherently exclusionary. We are called, as Gandhi said, to be the change we want to see. There is no motivation more revolutionary than joy-filled loving-kindness.

Veg Inspiration

Will Tuttle : March 31, 2009

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The act of regularly eating foods derived from confined and brutalized animals forces us to become somewhat emotionally desensitized, and this numbing and inner armoring make it possible for us as a culture to devastate the earth, slaughter people in wars, and support oppressive social structures without feeling remorse.

By going vegan, we’re taking responsibility for the effects of our actions on vulnerable beings and we’re resensitizing ourselves. We’re becoming more alive, and more able to feel both grief and joy. Kahlil Gibran points out in The Prophet that unless we are able to feel our grief and weep our tears, we will not be able to laugh our laughter, either. Turning our pain and outrage into action on behalf of vulnerable beings will bring healing to us and to our world.

March 30th

As vegans, we’re a force for healing and compassion every day and at every meal. Our way of living exemplifies mercy and promotes freedom, and offers opportunities to unfold wisdom and help heal our world. These are true causes for an abiding sense of joy. Even in the midst of grief and outrage at our culture’s cruelty, we can be glad that our ability to feel is reawakening.

Veg Inspiration, Sunday

Will Tuttle : March 29, 2009

As vegans, we may feel sad, bitter, misunderstood, and isolated by the
apparently oblivious attitudes of our culture, friends, and families.
What can we do?

In a few words, we can cultivate a sense of joy and
thankfulness. In the face of our culture’s unrelenting pressure to view
animals as mere food commodities, going vegan is a victory for peace, a
real spiritual breakthrough.

March 28th

From the viewpoint of its deepest and most eternal and universal
teachings—to love God, and to love our neighbor as ourself—the Bible unequivocally condemns animal slavery just as it condemns human slavery. We must stop using the Bible to justify animal abuse, but rather use it to guide us in our quest for peace and justice for all beings.

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