It has now been two weeks that Steve and I have been following a plant based diet. My body is certainly feeling better and is working better, although I haven’t lost any weight (but that’s not the point). As part of introducing new habits into our lives we have done a lot of research and had a lot of heart to heart discussions about what we believe, what our morals are, what convictions we have, etc. We have come to several conclusions together as a couple on these subjects and realize that we do not 100% comply with all the Vegan standards. For example, Steve and I are still not sure that there is a moral issue around eating eggs or dairy. We absolutely agree that the egg and dairy industry has gone too far with the industrialization of supplying eggs and dairy and have created extremely disturbing and abusive environments for the animals resulting in substandard if not gross products for consumers. This we find abhorrent. But we had to ask ourselves, if the source of the eggs and dairy were from smaller farms where the animals were treated well and loved and not abused, how would we feel about it? Our next step in our research is to visit some local organic farms that supply eggs. Dairy is going to have to be out for now as we don’t have small local dairy farms to visit.
The bottom line is this for us: We want to ask ourselves how we feel about everything we consume not only in our diet but in every aspect of our life. Steve has called this awareness “conscious consuming”. As much as we possibly can, Steve and I as a couple, want to understand the source of the items that we consume (food, drink, clothing, cosmetics, furniture, etc). Animal rights and abuse is not the only issue that exists out there in our world. Our desire is not only to improve the health of our bodies, soul and karma but also to try to live according to our moral convictions and beliefs. This task is not a meager one and will be a lengthy evolution over time. Honestly it is a double edged sword. On one hand, we feel good attempting to be more conscious and aware about what we are consuming and what impact that is making - but on the other hand, it makes life that much more complicated. No longer can we absent mindedly consume an item without a second thought. If I bought a tee-shirt that I later found out was manufactured in China by children laborers who were abused and living in squalor, I couldn’t ever wear that tee-shirt. I’m sure no one could, which is why most of us prefer the ignorance.
My hope is that Steve and I will find through our research many choices and options for food, clothing, etc that demonstrate humane and loving treatment that match our standards of moral and conscious consuming.
Thank you for allowing me to share another step in my soul's journey.