Eating a plant based diet is an ancient concept. To your family and friends in the United States it may seem hippie-like or crazy or just plain weird, but to those of you who are trying it out for the first time I have good news for you – Humans have been eating a vegetarian diet for thousands of years! To make it even more inspiring, the greatest thinkers and spiritual leaders throughout history became vegetarian at some point in their lives.
There are many, including myself, who believe that in time Martin Luther King Jr. would have reached a place in his journey where he too became vegan, and would have lead millions to do the same. His son Dexter King, and his wife Coretta Scott King became vegan in the 1990’s. In fact I am not alone in believing the greatest thing a person can do to promote the Peace that Dr. King spoke of is to stop eating animals.
Being vegetarian or vegan is a sign that you are a highly evolved, conscious and thoughtful human being! You don’t have to take my word for it – Read these amazing quotes from some of the greatest humans of all time, then get thee to the kitchen and whip up some lettuce-leaf-tacos!!!
“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” – Pythagoras, mathematician, 570-495 B.C.
“For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and whosoever eats the flesh of slain beasts eats the body of death.” – Jesus Christ, The Essene Gospel of Peace (taken from the Dead Sea Scrolls)
“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
“I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible to civilization. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that the reformation must be worked.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”- Albert Einstein
“I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his highest poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food…no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.” – Henry David Thoreau
“To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.” “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”– Mahatma Ghandi
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do not make your stomachs graves for animals.” – Mohammed
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” – Abraham Lincoln
“He who causes suffering shall suffer. There is no escape.” – Buddha
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.”
“What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” – Thomas Edison
“Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
“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
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
You can make a difference. If you’re doing the No Meat March challenge, you are making a difference already! It is not a coincidence that the most enlightened and intelligent people for thousands of years have made the connection between eating animals and human suffering. No matter why you signed up for the challenge, know in your heart that it is the right thing to do ethically, morally and spiritually.
We are nearing a tipping point towards enlightenment in this world. The internet is the most powerful tool for locating truths and information you won’t find on television or talk radio. Research! Explore! Find your own path to inner and outer peace. Believe that you are loved and supported on your journey, and “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” – Mahatma Ghandi