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20 February 2000 Issue
The Vegan Evolution

by Light and Sun - gentle@aloha.net 

VEGAN: One who abstains from supporting businesses or consumer products derived from cruelty to animals.

THE Vegan Concept is not a fad that will pass with time. It is the birth of compassion, a concern for others, which is the single most important step in the next evolution of humankind.

Some of the brightest, most significant minds in the history of our world, such as; Pythagorus, Socrates, Plato, Plutarch, DaVinci, Tolstoy, Tagore, Buddha, Rousseau, Shelley, Thoreau, Isaac Bashevis Singer, George Bernard Shaw, Einstein, Gandhi and Schweitzer, were vegetarians, for ethical reasons. In their quest for truth, they all experienced a similar epiphany: that compassion is the heart of the soul.

Vegetarianism for them was a religion, based upon a concept of God as perfect love. They reasoned that in order to understand God, one must first aspire to understand love. When they realized that the essence of love is compassion, opposing cruelty became an essential prerequisite for this aspiration.

In these present times, we see so much that we long to change: violence, world hunger, greed, waste, war, disease. Too often, we feel powerless to do anything about it. And yet, simply by refusing to support cruelty, we, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., will exert a power over insensitive bigotry, be it toward other humans, or other species. Miguel Cervantes says in Don Quixote, "The maddest thing of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be" For those of us who seek, the higher spiritual levels, it is not enough to see life as it should be; we must do all we can to make life as it should be.

The pitiable plight of animals calls out to our conscience, pleading with us to extend our boundaries of compassion to encompass their suffering. Vegans hearing these cries, are experiencing a new form of self-esteem, which invariably accompanies acts of kindness and altruism. Better health of body and mind, a safer, cleaner environment, and a spiritual renaissance, offer even further inspiration for such commitment.

Try this life giving experiment, stop using all animal products for two weeks and at the end of those two weeks see how you feel. See if you feel better about your health, your life and your environment.

Gentle World, Inc.

P.O. Box 110, Paia, HI. 96779-0110

Phone # 808-878-4008 E-mail: gentle@aloha.net 

http:www.veganbooks-gentle.com  

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