“The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom.” – Uri Geller
Daily Nugget of Gold 1441
Deeply Planted Consciousness
We’ve explored the consciousness or awareness which occurs all the way down on the cellular level in our bodies, let’s go further. Our last issue also queried whether a bug or a virus could be conscious, and also posed the same question about a rock. Before we decide we should not walk on rocks for fear that we’d hurt them, let’s look at a seemingly unrelated facet of real life people these days, veganism.
We found this definition online, we think it about sums it up: “What is a vegan? What is veganism? Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients.” We aren’t trying to upset vegans with where we’re going next, but what we discuss might be emotionally troubling to them just the same. Is there any such thing as a completely pure vegan diet? We’re afraid that there isn’t. Many people consider veganism as an admirable ideal, but it can never be obtained in pure form no matter how hard someone might try.
As the would-be vegan sleeps, they inhale dust mites in and around their pillows, some of those are swallowed and digested. As the vegan consumes fresh fruit and vegetables, tiny creatures and their eggs are consumed as well. As a vegan eats pasta, some of that food- a tiny, miniscule amount is insect protein. Yes, we can intentionally try and avoid all of that, but the truth is that it is truly unavoidable. We’re not here to knock vegans, if their decision is to not eat animals or anything with animal products, that’s their choice and they have every right to make it.
While nature has this great divide in forms of life- plant and animal- the fact that there are microscopic representatives of each form make trying to exclude one or the other really, really difficult. Couple that (Yeah, we said that o purpose!) with the symbiotic relationships animals and plants form to meet their goals of existence and procreation and well, you know.
Why does a vegan choose to be a vegan? It depends, but we’re sure some people do so in order to avoid consuming other sentient beings. It doesn’t seem to us that plants are conscious beings with our level of awareness, does it? Some folks would say they aren’t aware at all, but we’d better look at that before we get down to rocks- agree? Next time, and it will be fun!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Is it possible that only plant life might exist somewhere else in the universe?”
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