I got a new pair of slippers today which is good because my old pair were really starting to look sad. I love these though because they are super comfortable, and completely vegan :) If you are into ballet and are vegan, or would just like to do something good for the animals then please check these out!
So my brother is one of the most adamantly agnostic people I know and he also has a very well developed taste for meat.
I gave him a Bible a while back and he is actually reading it! He even has been coming to me with questions about the scripture! For those of you who are the praying type, it would mean a lot to me if you could pray for my brother in his education about my faith :)
I have convinced him to do a juice fast, and maybe ven try veganism again. He is really unhealthy in his eating habits and so he has all these problems, like chronic mourning sickness. But he is willing to do something to become healthier. I think a juice fast will be good for him because he really needs to get all those toxins out of his system, and then move into a regular more healthy, meat free, diet. I have a few juice fasts in mind but have any of you got a juice fast that you really liked?
Q:As a Christian vegan, whats your opinion on Genesis 9:3 "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."? I don't know if you've been asked this before, but I'm curious of your opinion.
That post sums up my views of that particular passage. Suffice it to say that The Christian mind should be on the eternal not the worldly. The New Earth should be our focus and meat will not be on the menu then. According to scripture meat was not eaten for well over a thousand years before Noah and the flood. The world was created with the consumption of meat being unheard of, and the scripture is clear that it will again be unheard of on the New Earth. If Christians have any responsibility on this world it is to bring this world as close to the New World as we can, that means feeding the poor, spreading the gospel, and doing anything we can to bring peace and love to the world. I would sugest that because meat will not be an aspect of our lives then, we should not make it an aspect of our lives now. It does not bring peace. It brings pain. If you read beyond that passage it also tells of the fear that every animal will be sticken with at the sight of us. We have become the devil to them. Meat is a byproduct of the fall, a symptom of the disease called sin that we caused when we turned from God. Meat is a symptom that will be cured along with all the others. The only question that remain is are we going to wait for the second coming to cure these symptoms, or are we going to try and heal them now? Poverty and sickness will not be aspects of the New Earth, they are symptoms that will be healed in the second coming and yet we must try and heal them now. We must heal this world as best we can. That is what Christianity is for. I believe that includes stoping the torture of all God’s creatures. Now while we can.
I hope that makes sense and helps you understand where I am coming from :)
Vegan GingerBread house making time! What should I put on it to decorate? What CAN I put on it to decorate? I don’t exactly eat candy so I am not sure what I can and cannot have. And the PETA accidentally vegan list is completely unhelpful because they ignore the source of sugar and how it was processed for the items on that list. help?
What sucks about being the only vegan in the family is you can show up to family events with some food and be like:
“Hey everyone! I brought a broccoli cauliflower salad to share”
And it seems like your entire family just looks over at you like
Ethics of a Heterotroph
Veganism is not against the killing of living things. We all kill living things. It is what we have to do in order to live. Humans fall under a category of living beings called heterotrophs, this means that we are incapable of producing our own food, and thus have to eat other things in order to get the things we need to live. Most plants on the other hand are autotrophs, meaning that they produce their own food, i.e. photosynthesis. And so vegans can’t be against killing any living being because if we were, we would die. We eat plants because we have to eat something. The question was never about killing something that was alive, but rather, killing something that consciously wanted to live.
A plant, while alive, is not aware of its life in the sense that an animal is. Animals are unique form of creation that are capable of observing and contemplating their own existence. Now, I could never prove that other animals are capable of metacognition or the like, but just as much I cannot prove that any other human is capable of that either. The only thing I could ever be sure of is my own thought, and even that is something I could logic out of existence. I look at a person sitting next to me and I don’t know that they are thinking or are capable of thinking or feeling, but I believe that they can and do. The only way to accept the existence of anyones thought but your own, requires a leap of faith that their thoughts and minds exist. In that same way I can observe a non-human animal and conclude that they too have thought and feeling based on the same reasoning that I could conclude so with a human. Animals react emotionally; they play, they mourn, they scream, they cry, and show excitement. Just because they cannot speak to me with words does not mean that they are not talking to me. Marc Bekoff writes: “It’s because animals have emotions that we’re so drawn to them; lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps the most effective means pf cross-species communication.” Emotions are not a division between us and “beasts” but rather they are a unifying condition that we can use to communicate with them. For all the reasons that I can assume other humans have emotions, I can find in animal behavior as well. The idea that non-human animals are living machines, that simply react to external stimuli that would appear to mimic emotion, is an old one, and one that is all but gone from the scientific community.
So, if we are to talk of morals that we owe to one another to uphold, then why do we draw the line of moral application at the rigid boarders of our genetic code? The boundary of our species is not means for moral inclusion and exclusion. We respect one another, or at least try to, not because we are “human” but because we believe that not doing so would harm the other person’s spirit. We acknowledge each other’s emotions and respect that fragile balance of emotion that we are all struggling to keep level. It is not our species relation that we respect in each other, but our humanity. Humanity as in our sense of being, our ability to acknowledge our own existence and act on that knowledge, mindful that those around us are trying to do the same thing. When animals show that same humanity in themselves, we mark it off as coincidence or ethically irrelevant. This injustice is where you would find the basis of veganism. Treating animals well because they are aware of how we treat them. Loving animals because they are capable of loving us back, and resenting our abuse.
Killing life is unavoidable, as an inherent part of the human condition. But killing life that decidedly wants to live is what we can avoid. If there is no moral imperative to not kill a dog, a cat, or a cow, then certainly there is no imperative to not kill a human. All of those beings, human and not, are capable of an emotional spectrum that is the basis for why we feel it is wrong to kill any of them. Are “pro-life” activists concerned about people killing fetuses because those fetuses are human or because they believe that they are people? It was never about the species, but about the emotional existence that we feel we must believe in in order to accept anything about us. That is one example that many people might not relate to due to the fact that they are not “pro-life”, but the concept may still stand even without an agreement about that particular example.
If we accept that all life is “just life” and that we as heterotrophs must kill to live, then it is true that there is not moral difference between killing and eating a carrot, or a cow, or a human. Now, please understand that I am not in favor of cannibalism, but likewise I am not in favor of killing anything/ anyone who is capable of wanting to live. That is the all important separation between the life of animals and non-animal life, that we animals can want to live. And we aught to respect that.
“… unfortunately, there are countless people among both scientific and lay communities who still believe that animals are just objects, activated by responses to environmental stimuli. And only too often these people, consciously or unconsciously, reject our attempts to persuade them otherwise. After all, it is easier todo unpleasant things to unfeeling objects - to subject them to painful experiments, raise them in intensive factory farms, and hunt, trap, eat, and otherwise exploit them - than it is to do these things to sapient, sentient beings.”
- Jane Goodall
Any of my awesome vegan friends have a recipe for homemade body wash?
Cost effective would be nice also :)
“But eating meat is natur-“
We are done here.
Hey, Anti-“Bloodmouth” Vegans,
I’m allergic to soy.
Yep, because all vegans eat is soy. We just replace all animal products with mountains of soy. And then we drizzle liquified soy over all of that soy. SOY SOY SOY SOY SOY.
Wait… So we’re NOT doing that any more!?
I thought cardboard was the new thing…
Wait…. So we can eat things other than grass?
I just started eating myself….. That’s ethical right?