In response to a few comments I've received about my decision to go vegan (temporarily, I might add), I'd like to point out that this is not an "ethical" choice, as they say (although maybe someday it will be). It's simply an alternative choice for now. An experimentation, if you will, because it feels right to me and it's not taking any effort really to do it, which makes me believe it's a good fit at this time.
I haven't switched teams yet. I'm just flirting a little.
While I believe much needs to be done to improve the way most meat gets to our table, I don't fundamentally believe it's wrong to eat meat, and as you know, I'm an animal lover. Some of you might find that hypocritical and that's alright. But I don't have an inner conflict on this issue.
In my ideal world (ideal to me; not necessarily to you), every part of the chosen and chemical-free animal is used in order to fully honour the gift it has given us: its life, but like most things in modern society, what's most sacred is often lost, forgotten, ignored or abused for the sake of growth and profit.
Many will say that the animal's life was taken and not given, and do I get that, but I have a different view on the subject that's rooted in my own spiritual beliefs. I have no plans to articulate said view.
That being said, there are a ton of videos out there that demonstrate the animal cruelty that so many vegans and vegetarians are helping to alleviate with their compassionate choices, and I believe they are doing the very best thing they could do by honouring and living out their sense of what's right. And I think we should ALL do that, no matter what the topic is or what side we're on.
We each get to decide what's most important to us and how we most want to express that in any given moment.
There is also a ton of health related information out there that will both encourage and discourage becoming vegan. If you want proof that veganism is good for you, you'll find it. If you want proof that it's not, you'll find that, too. We have so many choices on so many things, and of course it can be overwhelming to figure out which one(s) to believe, trust, and embody, but I think our gut and our heart always know what's truly best for us every step of the way.
Experts and facts can only provide so much. We still need to do our own thinking, assessing, choosing, acting, and experimenting to find what resonates with our core.
This journey through veganism is awakening so much in me, which I love! I'm becoming so much more conscious because of it. I'm becoming much more reflective on things I never thought twice about, and I get to have conversations on things that were rarely on my radar before. It feels wonderful.
Onward and upward!
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