I was at work a few days ago and a conversation was struck up with me about my eating habits. The man who owns the building asked me teasingly if I wanted a steak.. then he asked if I have ever had a steak. I said "yes, ..quiet awhile ago, but yes, I used to eat meat." I didn't really think about it at the time. I just ate what most people ate, what I was brought up on. I didn't really think too much about it. It occurred to me after..and after talking to a few other vegetarians about it that I didn't really 'get' the whole meaning and benefits of being a vegetarian until after I had already become one. To be honest I became a vegetarian because I went raw..I really felt & believed in eating raw (how could I not - it's phenomenal!) and then after I had stopped eating meat, for more selfish reasons, I realized that I was eating animals.
You would think if you eat meat you realize that you are eating animals..but I am convinced that most people do not really realize, are not really conscious of what they are doing. It's just so 2nd nature, normal, accepted and more than that - expected almost, we are so brain-washed that this is the right and best way to live.. that we do not really think about the lives we are taking.. or give much or any thought to the animal who gives their life for our next meal.
I'm only saying this because thats the way it was for me. I just didn't think about it & I was happy not thinking about it.. until I stopped and then I thought about it... and I am so thankful that I gained that awareness. It is a huge blessing in life to be a vegetarian - very good karma!!
& also you (from Earthsave article here):
- save massive amounts of water -3000 - 5000 gallons of water for every pound of beef you avoid.
- avoid polluting our streams and rivers better than any other single recycling effort you do.
- avoid the destruction of topsoil.
- avoid the destruction of tropical forest.
- avoid the destruction of carbon dioxide. (Your average car produces 3K/day of CO2. To clear rainforest to produce beef for one hamburger produces 75K ofCO2. Eating one pound of hamburger does the same damage as driving your car for more than 3 weeks.)
- reduce the amount of methane gas produced
- reduce the destruction of wildlife habitat, and
- help to save endangered species.
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel Prize 1921
for lots of other great quotes from Einstein, Lincoln, Tolstoy, Emerson, Thoreau, Da Vinci, Pythagoras, Rolland, Shaw, Gandhi, Twain, Edison etc.. on vegetarianism and its benefits, go here.
"I don't eat animals. They are my friends!" ~Keiko - thats my quote!
Have a beautiful, good karma day full of friendship and love!
Love animals - they love you!