Have you noticed how some people like to throw around the “C” word?
Yes, I mean “cult.” If they disagree with, don’t understand, or are
afraid of the beliefs or rituals of others, they are quick to label.
Granted, there have always been groups who are tightly controlled by
a leader. If these groups do not practice unconditional kindness and
compassion, and if they substitute rituals in place of love for all of
creation, then, in my opinion, they may indeed deserve the label of
Some people would like to apply the cult label to vegetarianism. Most
likely ignorance, fear, guilt, and cowardice play a role in such smear
tactics. Perhaps deep down inside they know that they are being
indifferent to the immense suffering of other animals. So, they attack
those who expose the truth simply by choosing a way of life that
intelligent, compassionate people have for thousands of years. Let’s not
forget that early Christians, many of whom were vegetarians, were
accused of being cultists.
I have met vegetarians from many different religious faiths, as well
as those who practice no religion. All it takes to make the change is
intelligent compassion and acknowledging that all animals have the right
to be free of pain and suffering. In my opinion, those who adopt a vegan
lifestyle for reasons of compassion for other animals are far more
likely to adhere to it. Some people do not realize that this is not a
fad. To me, eating other creatures, and knowingly using products made
from them, if it can be avoided, is akin to cannibalism.