A remarkable take on vegetarianism

Bishnoi the compassionate people.

 

 

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Meet the Bishnoi

Sangri (fruits from Khejri tree), red chilli and lentils

Bishnois are avid vegetarians.  It is prescribed within their 29 principles and practiced without compromise in all of the families I’ve encountered.  Close affinity with wildlife protection and the welfare of all animals means that Bishnois simply don’t contemplate the possibility of eating meat.  All of the community is vegetarian from birth, so the very idea of eating meat is unthinkable. In day-to-day conversation, I’ve found many a belligerent standpoint, especially within the Bishnoi youth, imploring all of humankind convert to vegetarianism. 

Back home in England, the vast proportion of society is meat eating stock, but intermingled with a significant, and ever-increasing, number of vegetarians and vegans.  The vegetarian versus meat eating debate began for me in school and never reached an absolute conclusion.  Over the course of many years, I have engaged in tête-à-têtes with carnivores, omnivores, pure vegetarians, eggetarians, pescetarians and vegans from many cultures and backgrounds.  In this time I have had…

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7 thoughts on “A remarkable take on vegetarianism

  1. The choice to eat is not just the death of the animal but also the way it has lived, especially in factory farms and intensive farming that is very cruel to the animals. Also being a vegetarian makes you a better cook because you have to learn to cook in different ways, and with different food!

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    1. Hello Alex, 🙂 thank you for your kind words. We humans are always talking about “dangerous animals,” but imho, we are the most dangerous of all! We have forgotten that other species share our planet and have rights as we do ourselves. We treat farm animals like packaged food, from the time they are born.I cannot imagine the karma pay-back that will be asked of us! – I also wonder if nature will consider at some future date that, we as a species, are just too destructive to have around, thus, we may well go the way of the dinosaurs. Best Eve.

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        1. A wee bit of science: “Acording to famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, it’s time to free ourselves from Mother Earth. “I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space,” Hawking tells Big Think. “It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let’s hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load.”

          Hawking says he is an optimist, but his outlook for the future of man’s existence is fairly bleak. In the recent past, humankind’s survival has been nothing short of “a question of touch and go” he says, citing the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963 as just one example of how man has narrowly escaped extinction. According to the Federation of American Scientists there are still about 22,600 stockpiled nuclear weapons scattered around the planet, 7,770 of which are still operational. In light of the inability of nuclear states to commit to a global nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the threat of a nuclear holocaust has not subsided.” – me thinks, space is not a good bet either. A safe bet is we grow and mature into compassionate, responsible human-beings. 🙂

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          1. The documentary Countdown to Zero covered some of this territory. It is true that in the fear about climate change we have forgotten the problems with nuclear weapons. It is remarkable how humans put the only sustainable environment they’ve got into such peril. We have the knowledge and the science, but we can’t seem to apply it.

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  2. This is an interesting take on how food can shape our thoughts / desires, our mind. Read this on the net. “Apparently there are over 70 documented cases of transplant patients experiencing the same thoughts / desires as their original did. It’s posed a theory that cells in bodies can store memories.” I am not sure how true this is (could be one more pseudo-science fact popularized on the net) but it does pose a question? What happens when we eat a dead animal’s cell …. and not once but on a daily basis ….
    Check this out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8084936.stm http://www.naturalnews.com/028537_organ_transplants_memories.html
    http://www.transplant.org.au/Myths.html

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    1. thanks for your comment Ramesh. Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I read sometime ago now, that a woman in the USA was given a new heart from the body of a young boy. The boy had enjoyed swimming. It had been one of his favourite hobbies before his sudden demise. After sometime the woman with his heart, began to swim. She so enjoyed the exercise that it became a daily routine for her.

      Likewise when we eat meat, we must be taking in (ingesting) the fear of the animal.For they die dreadfully.. Eve

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