Saturday, 23 July 2016

How I became more compassionate

"People eat meat thinking they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass" - Pino Caruso

Becoming vegan was one of the best things I have ever done. It has taught me so many things, not just about all the pain & suffering that actually goes on in this world, but also about myself.

I had never really thought about what I was eating when I was eating it. All I really cared about was my food tasting good, and everyone ate it so why would I think any different? I had come across a few youtube videos about veganism (which I thought was some weird, hippie thing). Mika Francis was probably my main influence for going vegan, along with Stella Rae. I started veganism really because that is what my favourite youtubers were doing and I thought it seemed like a good idea. 

One day I decided to really look more into veganism and see what else it was really about other than a change of diet and some lifestyle changes. I started with the usual documentaries like Cowspiracy etc. And i understood how eating meat and dairy really does have such a huge effect on our environment. But still, I didn't really feel anything personally. Of course I wanted to make a difference and I was, but sometimes I would feel the urge to eat meat, or dairy and it didn't seem like any other vegans did. One day I decided to watch a documentary called 'Earthlings'. I have talked about this in a previous blog post but if you want to watch it you can find it on youtube. This documentary really brought to light what is actually going on, I could see it for myself, it was horrific. This is when I knew that it was all so wrong, I started to feel something personal. I wasn't just not eating meat or dairy because I shouldn't, i was doing it because i didn't want to contribute to the horrible suffering that these other beings have to go through their whole lives for the sake of a few minutes of our "pleasure".

'veganism is about living life without taking someone else’s'

This was probably the moment I learnt to be more compassionate. Who is to say that one beings life is more valuable than an others? You have to realise that your life is not more important than any other person/animal/living creature. We are all equal. 

"Compassion becomes real when we realise our shared humanity."

© Tropicalparadaze

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