The World Peace Diet
The act of regularly eating foods derived from confined and
brutalized animals forces us to become somewhat emotionally
desensitized, and this numbing and inner armoring make it possible for
us as a culture to devastate the earth, slaughter people in wars, and
support oppressive social structures without feeling remorse.
By going vegan, we’re taking responsibility for the effects of
our actions on vulnerable beings and we’re resensitizing ourselves.
We’re becoming more alive, and more able to feel both grief and joy.
Kahlil Gibran points out in The Prophet that unless we are able
to feel our grief and weep our tears, we will not be able to laugh our
laughter, either. Turning our pain and outrage into action on behalf
of vulnerable beings will bring healing to us and to our world.
If our only motivation for not eating animal foods is our own
health, it’s easy to “cheat” a little here and there and pretty soon
go back to eating them again. When our motivation is based on
compassion, it is deep and lasting, because we understand that our
actions have direct consequences on others who are vulnerable.
To some, simply becoming vegan looks like a superficial
step—can something so simple really change us? Yes! Given the power of
childhood programming and of our culture’s inertia and insensitivity
to violence against animals, authentically becoming a committed vegan
can only be the result of a genuine spiritual breakthrough. This
breakthrough is the fruit of ripening and effort; however, it is not
the end but the beginning of further spiritual and moral development.
We can see that in general, the more a culture oppresses
animals, the greater its inner agitation and numbness, and the more
extroverted and dominating it tends to be. This is related to the
scarcity of meditation in Western cultures, where people are
uncomfortable with sitting still. Quiet, open contemplation would
allow the repressed guilt and violence of the animal cruelty in meals
to emerge to be healed and released. Instead, the very activities that
would be most beneficial to people of our herding culture are the
activities that are the most studiously avoided. We have become a
culture that craves noise, distraction, busyness, and entertainment at
all costs. This allows our eaten violence to remain buried, blocked,
denied, and righteously projected.
When we are drawn toward a plant-based way of eating, it is in
no way a limitation on us; rather it is the harmonious fulfillment of
our own inner seeing. At first we think it’s an option we can choose,
but with time we realize that it’s not a choice at all but the free
expression of the truth that we are.
It is not an
ethic that we have to police from outside, but our own radiant love
spontaneously expressing, both for ourselves and for our world. Caring
is born on this earth and lives through us, as us, and it’s not
anything for which we can personally take credit. It is nothing to be
By harming and exploiting billions of animals, we confine
ourselves spiritually, morally, emotionally, and cognitively, and
blind ourselves to the poignant, heart-touching beauty of nature,
animals, and each other.
Practicing veganism means practicing respect and sensitivity
toward others, especially those who are vulnerable and without social
privilege, and is precisely the practice required to bring healing to
our corrupt and wounded culture.
Veganism is a call
to renounce the core practice of our culture—reducing beings to mere
harvestable and abuseable commodities—and to practice, in every aspect
of our lives, its opposite: mindfulness, inclusiveness, equality, and
There is no force more subversive to our
culture than practicing vegans, no force more challenging, healing,
transformative, and uplifting than people living the truth that all
life is sacred and interconnected.
The pollution of our shared
consciousness-field by the dark agonies endured by billions of animals
killed for food is an unrecognized fact that impedes our social
progress and contributes gigantically to human violence and the
warfare that is constantly erupting around the world.
How could it ever be to our purpose to rob another living being
of his or her purpose?”
In reference to the newborn calves taken away from their mothers
shortly after birth...
He cannot fight the hands that take
him from his mother or speak to us in human words, telling us how
deeply it hurts. But it is obvious to anyone with eyes to see and ears
to hear. For us to ignore the suffering is to ignore and deny our own
Enslaving and eating animals is relentlessly polluting our
mental and bodily environments, hardening our hearts and blocking
feelings and awareness, instigating fear, violence, and repression in
our relationships, laying waste our precious planet, gruesomely
torturing and killing billions of terrorized beings, deadening us
spiritually, and profoundly disempowering us by impeding our innate
intelligence and our ability to make essential connections.
Compassion is ethical intelligence: it is the capacity to make
connections and the consequent urge to act to relieve the suffering of
Veganism is, I’ve found, a litmus test of religious teachings
and religious teachers.
To the degree that religious
teachings do not explicitly encourage veganism, which is the practice
of nonviolence and lovingkindness, to that same degree these teachings
are hypocritical and disconnected from their spiritual source.
As we make connections and become open to feedback, it will be
increasingly obvious that one of the greatest gifts any of us can give
to the world, to the human family, to future generations, to animals, to
ourselves, and to our loved ones is to go vegan and dedicate our lives
to encouraging others to do the same.
The inner feminine is our
intuition, our sensitivity, and our ability to sense the profound
interconnectedness of events and beings, and it is vital to peace,
wisdom, joy, intelligence, creativity, and spiritual awakening.
With every baby calf stolen
from her mother and killed, with every gallon of milk stolen from
enslaved and broken mothers, with every thrust of the raping sperm gun,
with every egg stolen from a helpless, frantic hen, and with every baby
chick killed or locked for life in a hellish nightmare cage, we kill the
sacred feminine within ourselves.
By ordering and eating
products from the industrial herding complex that dominates the feminine
with an iron fist, we squelch our opportunities for maturing to higher
levels of understanding, sensitivity, and compassion. We remain merely
ironic in our quests.
around comes around. We must as a species stop the violence that is
inherent in our meat habit. This should be of paramount importance for
all religious movements and teachers. It is the call of spirituality. If
our religions don’t hear this call, we must revitalize them or create
new ones that do.
philosopher Schopenhauer, in criticizing how some Christians treat
animals, wrote, “Shame on such a morality that fails to recognize the
eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with
inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun.” All of us are
celebrations of infinite mysterious Spirit, deserving of honor and
Every day, we cause over thirty million birds and mammals and forty-five million fish to be fatally attacked so we can eat them, and it’s universally considered to be good food for good people. With these meals, we feed our shadow, which grows strong and bold as it gorges itself on our repressed grief, guilt, and revulsion.
Jesus’ exhortation that we love one another and not
do to others what we wouldn’t want done to us is the essence of the
vegan ethic, which is a boundless compassion that includes all who can
suffer by our actions.
Your question and comments are welcome