Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Choice: A Non-Violent Ethos
The choice to be a vegetarian or vegan is often for reasons multiple and complex to each individual. Many, myself as well, include the Ghandian ethos of compassion and simplicity: non-violence towards all living things. This was also of course his solution to conflict-resolution as you can find out about by learning more about Mahatma Gandhi. In "The Story of My Experiments with Truth", he articulates: "I was intellectually converted to vegetarianism". This was also my experience, naturally because it is thinking about food choices that first causes a moral examination of food choices: choices we make multiple times every day of our lives. This process of the mind lead me to the ideology that no other beings lives need to be infringed upon for me to eat healthily and with pleasure! What started in my mind eventually became practiced in my body. A simple choice completely changed the impact that my previously un-evaluated cuisine decisions were having on my health. Importantly, this choice does not just effect me as an individual - it also directly impacts the the environment by reducing my ecological footprint. I've been a vegetarian for just over a year now and WOW do I feel fabulous - one of the best decisions and changes I've ever made. It's a choice and it is certainly yours and only yours to make.