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The Vegan Inside Us

The Vegan Inside Us

Written by Sun, Co-Founder of Gentle World

“We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a part of human nature so tender, so vulnerable that we keep it closeted deep inside us, fearing it cannot survive so dangerous a world. Although it manages to peek out in those rare moments when we cry out against injustice or secretly cringe at the sight of violence, it is seldom seen or heard and even less often heeded. But, on the rare occasions when we choose to follow its will, this vegan inside us moves a little closer to the closet door.

Vegan choices – unlike personal ones, such as the books we read, the movies we see or where and with whom we live – are not based on our likes and dislikes, but on the indomitable will of this empathetic part of our nature, which, however much ignored, persists in trying to convince us, at every turn, to make the more compassionate choice. It is that part of us that reminds us, lest we forget, that as precious as our individual right to life and liberty is, when we violate that right by denying anyone else the same, we are wrong. And that wrong can never be right, even when its victims are other than human.

Speciesism is an insidious, grave injustice that has existed for as long as human beings have ruled the earth. Socially accepted globally, legitimized by governments of all nations and sanctified by the world’s religions, it is only in the past half-century that this last stronghold of bigotry is being widely challenged. The result is an ever-growing tidal wave of formally closeted vegans, courageously coming out into the light of day, proudly admitting to all who will listen that they no longer support the abomination that imprisons, tortures or kills any sentient being, in any way, for any reason.

Now, for the first time in history, there is real hope for freedom for the most downtrodden victims of prejudice on this earth.

To understand the scope and depth of our prejudice toward non-human animals, just imagine if the cruelty that humans inflict upon them as a matter of course, was inflicted instead on our own species. I do not think we would be discussing whether refraining from supporting these practices was a personal choice or ethical responsibility. Rather, there would be an immediate uproar, demanding an end to these horrendous crimes. But, however heinous their abuses, the vast majority of people numbly accepts the centuries-old stupendous lie that says that we humans are the rightful owners of the bodies of non-humans, and therefore, may do with them as we please, because they are, after all, only animals.

Prejudice is judging someone before having knowledge of his or her real worth, and is therefore, based on superficial traits, such as appearance, gender, color, creed, class or species. When those in power (which we humans indisputably are) judge ourselves to be superior (which we invariably do), and use our self-made laws to justify the enslavement of entire species of non-human animals whom we deem inferior – although their true worth is as unknown to us as their sentience is known – we find ourselves living in a world in which violence and cruelty, the inevitable offspring of bigotry, are so ingrained in our culture that they are accepted as natural.

Now is the time for those of us who are willing to be the essential change this world so desperately needs, to open the closet door and set the vegan inside us free to unashamedly show the world who we really are.

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6:55AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

8:13PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Am on the cell... such a pain...snowing a lot... cells slow to type on.

6:04PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Computer hardware has been getting crappier by the decade. I have 200 mgb hd’s that won’t die and has a lifetime warranty [which is why I keep it, one day it won’t fire up and they must replace it, with the lowest drive they have; nice]. When they started getting cheap crap from China the prices plummeted, but so did the quality [you get what you pay for]. Now you can get a brand spanking new one out of the box that won’t fire up.

You can still retrieve the data from the drive [I used to do this]. Even burned drives can be recovered.

“The vegan inside us likely prefers Apple computers is that not correct?”
All electronics use quite a bit of animal products; from electroplating to soldering, wire wrap to plastic composite. All this comes from rendering [eg. road kill]. Tooth paste, deodorant and resins have it too. Because it comes down to less than .001 percent they aren't obligated to inform us our products contain them.

11:28AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

True Chazz Y, Tylenol can't be used for cats at all and I imagine that it's as deadly for dogs. People can administer human medicatiion only on the prescription of the veterinarian who will tell you what the dosage should be...as the vet knows what is proper for the pet's weight and size. But as a rule one should avoid doing so unless it is authorized by your own vet. Tylenol is deadly for pet's livers!

This computer hard drive thing...mine was only young, had it from March 2012, the old computers, those bulky things we had in the 1990's, at least the beasties lasted some ten years. My Dell laptop lasted four years and my other one lasted less than that, as far as the hard drive went. Everyone hug your PCs and Apples, don't forget to do a complete backup because you know that if the hard drive dies then---at least you have a backup--especially if you have a ton of photos. The vegan inside us likely prefers Apple computers is that not correct?

11:10AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Speaking of in the toilet - my computer hard drive is fried - I am on some other computer elsewhere which says 'The URL you are attempting to access has been blocked. Your organization's policy prohibits accessing this web site.' It is blocking access to my group of feedback and support, I can't get in there from here...so I am posting here...toilets seem to be a good thread for a fried hard drive.

I finally found this thread-Suba G, Mary B, Barbara D, Pamela W...ever tired doing C2 from a cell phone, it has to be the worse thing on earth...now I am on a computer - but it is not a laptop, it's so weird on a desktop this is ridiculous, there will be a blizzard tomorrow when I am to get my newly new hard drive and computer back...it is not even winter--we are getting a flipping snow storm Nov 27th. An outrage...to add to the indignity of a fried hard drive with some 200,000 photos on it.

4:13PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

I meant it totally destroyed their Liver.. Not Live.

4:13PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Fully Agreed Suba, not only that I avoid even giving adults or children humans Tylenol. One of my Many doctors even made a comment to me that he has seen some take Tylenol 1 time only and it totally destroyed their live taking it that one time, and he saw others take it with no ill effects. I could never live with possibly contributing to anything that horrible happening to a person, or an animal either one. I wish they would take it off of the market. It truly is not safe. It's Poison with a capitol P

4:05PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

In other words Dale, I am stating below that I agree with you. Part of the prob with beans is the overly high veggie protein which they can not break down properly, and on top of causing them tormentous gas problems, ti creates internal damages along with the rest. Mom says I treat my cats like a King and Two Queens... I can't imagine ever treating them like anything else but a Kind and two Queens. LOL! They are the best.

3:56PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

There are 3 to 4 facts about cats which I urge all cat fans/cats pets to know. Never ever let a cat have coffee, Never let a cat have chocolate, Never let a cat get hold of grapes or raisins, and Never let your cat sneak into an alcoholic drink if you drink or have a drinker around. These things are indeed poisonous to cats, and if you truly love your cat, you'll do anything it takes to protect them and keep them safe, well, and happy. otherwise, give the dear away to someone who will respect the cat the way they should, and show them the sincere love they more than deserve. After all, they love us unconditionally and with their entire hearts. They certainly deserve the same love in return.

3:42PM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Interesting Pamela W, but I have had Chrome for ages without any problems. Of course I could shut down the computer and see if Care2 will say hello again to FF. I am just curious if I have the most up to date version, FF says that it is. Many people have a number of browsers in their PC. Maybe it has more to do with Care2 in a technical sense than with the browsers.

"A mere female," you say? Rofl, that is like saying "I'm just a cat!" Bastet sends her purrs.

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