Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. ~George Bernard Shaw
I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight. ~Rita Rudner
I submit that we are all equal in the web of life: plants, animals, all the Earth kingdoms, and humans. ~ Nedda Wittels
I have been an omnivore (eating meat and plant life) most of my life, with periods of being vegetarian, vegan, even raw vegan. Raw vegan was a very short period in my life.
I have often loved the taste of meat. I can cook a pork chop or steak to perfection, I love sashimi and chicken wings – but I haven’t had meat in a couple of months for several reasons.
But first, I agree with Nedda Wittels (who has no problem eating meat, even though she is an Animal Communicator) on several points: (see her blog)
- That we live on a planet that currently has the polarity of predator/prey
- That it is natural for many people to need meat in their diet
- That all beings have consciousness and that their role is understood before they take form on this planet
- That the problem with eating in today’s society is that humans no longer respect and honor the beings – animal or plant – which give their lives to nourish ours
- Both plants and animals suffer pain in their lives and at the end of their lives
- People have to eat something – despite the pain it will cause
However, I also believe that:
- In the predator/prey scenario, the animal predator never takes more prey than it needs (unlike man)
- Most meat-eaters have too much meat in their diet
- Compassionately raised meat is hard to find (one source in the San Francisco Bay area is Marin Sun Farms)
- Each person is different and should pay attention to their needs – mind, body, and spirit. (Recently on a few occasions where meat was served – and thoroughly enjoyed by others – I would take a taste and not want any more – a sign I didn’t need it)
- The more we chose a plant-based diet, the more we raise our vibration and the planetary vibration
Choosing what style of eater you are is a big step in consciousness. What kind of foods you eat, and the quality of the foods you eat, does make a difference in you and how you affect the world. Choosing what is right for you is not a matter of public opinion – as a world we will only achieve balance if each person is true to their essential selves.
You might also want to visit Michael Pollan’s website.