when a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.
January 25, 2009
i have been trying to read Diet for a New America by John Robbins. I have been able to read a little bit recently, two books down (No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer). The non-fiction isn’t quite working as well as I’d like. But anyway its eerie because the book was published in 1987 and it reads today and so very relevant… and somehow in between then and now, so very little has changed to make life on this earth more hospitable. This book is a best seller apparently, I would love to pass it along to vegan skeptics except my copy is butchered with pen and pencil marks, although i am less than 100 pages in. It is ‘spiritual’ at times but it doesnt irritate me. He ties it together more or less in regards to animal rights and the environment. If you read this book, as my friend Jamey puts it, you can’t call yourself a humanitarian or an environmentalist if you continue to eat meat and consume dairy. The dairy industry does more damage to the atmosphere than oil. That my friends is a fact. Spread the awareness. I can’t even imagine what tomorrow would look like if we suddenly stopped partaking in these things. I know its not realistic, we are creatures of habits and there are certain lines that each of us as individuals cannot/wont cross. Hey, I knit with wool. That isn’t very vegan of me. BUT I am trying to educate myself on this facet… because denial a/o ignorance never got us anywhere. Argh.
Have you heard of The China Study? Its awesome and accessible to the masses. The China Study is a book you should read if you want to learn about nutrition. Period. It dissects all aspects of consuming both animal protein and dairy. Its a terrifying read and well worth it.
Short post. Will try to keep on this more often. I started training this week for the Buffalo marathon (May 29) this week but now my lungs are half full with mucus and I will be going to the doctor monday. Its a real bummer. About 4 months away….
The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. -John Kenneth Galbraith