OK, I admit I’m often accused of bringing the strong scent of brimstone with me wherever I go. Regardless, I do love me some Jesus and I really enjoyed my pastor’s sermon today at church. It was an excellent piece on peace, and he ended it by asking the congregation to consider “what can I do to promote peace?” as we go about our lives this week.
And — BAM! KAPOW! — just like that (I’m imagining those words looking like they did on tv in the old Batman series) an idea came to me: “share my vegan lifestyle.”
One excellent organization focused on peace and vegetarianism is Food Not Bombs, and they have said what I’m thinking far better than I ever could. Here is an excerpt from their site, which can be found at: http://foodnotbombs.net/nonviolence.html
“Poverty is violence. By spending money on bombs instead of addressing human needs, our government perpetuates and exacerbates the violence of poverty in our society. One of the most direct physical expressions of the violence of poverty is hunger. Millions of Americans go hungry every day and childhood malnutrition contributes heavily to infant mortality rates, which are higher in parts of the U.S. than in some Third World nations. Inadequate or non-existant health care, police brutality, and class discrimination are also forms of systemic violence against poor people. Poverty is also a key factor in the level of interpersonal violence. It can drive down people’s self-esteem, causing people to lash out in the form of domestic violence and violent street crime. The violence of poverty also becomes internalized which can result in addictive behaviour and suicide.”
It’s essential for me to know I’m doing what I can about issues that are important to me. If you have ever toyed with the idea of giving up meat, you need to make it a priority, TODAY. You will be making a difference for the animals, the environment, your own health, world hunger, and the violent society in which we live.
“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks:
they’re only animals.”
Theodor W. Adorno, 1903-1969, Philosopher and Social Critic