Just a quick story about my recent experience of introducing veganism into a discussion about human social justice issues.
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Two audio excerpts : One from Cindy Sheehan and her message on Memorial Day about her son Casey who was killed in 2004 in the Iraq war.
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This is the audio of the Real Progressives livestream on Facebook which can be found here. Thanks to Steve Grumbine for kindly inviting us to present this important issue. Please share.
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I share some thoughts about the film “A Dog’s Purpose” which I have not seen by I’ve read the synopsis on the film.
Here’s the vlog from Faint Signals from Vega “What’s a Dog’s Purpose…. Really?
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You can watch this Vegan Trove Podcast Ep 69 in the video below. It is from my vlog YT channel Faint Signals from Vega I discuss the issue of “wildlife” in relation to veganism and I meander my way (as I tend to do) through various issues from smoking, to Russia to Vermont and make connections with them all 😉 Enjoy
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Here is the video from which the podcast episode is taken.
I touch on many issues in this hour long video. Some of the issues are a discussion on what veganism is, and what it is not; What are the problems with the notion of “humane” animal farming; and the environmental impacts of animal farming. My theme overall is looking at the problems associated with promoting “environmental veganism”, and if this humancentric focus just reinforces our speciesism.
Feel free to leave comments in the comments section and on my Facebook page @VeganTroveExtra.
For more info:
My podcast: How To Go Vegan Podcast: A Comprehensive Vegan Resource in Podcast form
“Humane” What’s in a Word
Apocalyptic Capitalism | Chris Hedges
“Organic” milk from “What’s Wrong with Vegetarianism?”
The Myth of Eco-Friendly Animal Products | Gentle World
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As promised a few months ago, another guided meditation which not only may assist us in our daily lives, our interactions with others, but also most certainly may assist us in our education efforts.
I take you through a guided meditation originally given by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2013. Here is my guided meditation without the short introductory preface
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk who was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in the sixties by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Three selected excerpts from two national treasures authors / activists James Baldwin (1963 / 1969) and Dr Cornel West (2016) which demonstrate a theme “Who is the n-i-g-g-e-r?” and Dr West also touches on the struggle for honesty, decency and integrity in modern America.
Below is my Faint Signals from Vega compilation of these podcast excerpts.
One excerpt from author James Baldwin (1963):
“Well, I know this,
Anyone who has ever tried to live knows this:
That what you say about somebody else, anybody else… reveals you.
What I think of you as being,
Is dictated by my own necessities,
My own psychology, my own fears and desires.
I’m not describing you when I talk about you,
I’m describing me.
Now, here in this country, we’ve got something called a n-i-g-g-e-r…
We have invented the n-i-g-g-e-r.
I didn’t invent him.
White people invented him.
I’ve always known,
I had to know by the time I was 17 years old,
What you were describing was not me,
And what you were afraid of was not me
It has to be something else,
You invented it, so it had to be something YOU were afraid of – you invested me with.
Now, if that’s so…
No matter what you’ve done to me,
I can say to you this, and I mean it
I know you can’t do anything more and I’ve got nothing to lose.
And I know,
And I’ve always known,
And really always- that’s a part of the agony –
I’ve always known that I am not a n-i-g-g-e-r.
But if I am not the n-i-g-g-e-r,
And if it’s true that your invention reveals you,
Then who is the n-i-g-g-e-r?
I’m not the victim here.
I know one thing from another…
I know I was born, I’m gonna suffer, and I’m gonna die.
The only way to get through life is know the worst things about it.
A person is more important than anything else. Anything else.
I’ve learned this because I had to learn it.
But, you still think, I gather,
That the n-i-g-g-e-r is necessary.
Well, he’s unnecessary to me,
So he must be necessary to you.
So I give you your problem back:
You’re the n-i-g-g-e-r, baby, it isn’t me.”
Author James Baldwin, 1969
Here’s the full talk by Dr. West from which the excerpts were taken. You can find numerous speeches by James Baldwin and Dr. Cornel West on Youtube.
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I discuss an event in Tasmania which happens each year : Dark Mofo. This June during this festival, a young bull is slated to be killed (not in front of the public) prior and his body cut up and used in an installation.
There’s been a huge outcry from the public. I discuss the moral compartmentalisation that occurs every time an instance like this happens in society whether it be Harambe the gorilla, Maurius the giraffe, Cecil the lion and so forth. Most who are outraged by these individuals being killed, are not vegan.
Like most of us before we became vegan, we do not understand that every sentient being loves life just like this bull loves life and does not want to die. Every animal we eat, wear and use as a resource is just like this young bull and will go through the same horror and torture before they are killed and when they are killed. And all of it is for trivial reasons of mostly palate pleasure.
We don’t need animal products to survive, in fact we can *easily* meet all of our nutrition requirements from plants (and other non-animal sources). Since that is the case, the only reason we can give for why we continue participating in this tremendous violence is because they “taste good”. That’s morally unjustifiable.
It’s easy to be vegan.
All we have to do is make that decision to end our participation in this tremendous violence and injustice, and the rest is easy. It just requires a little research. Go no further. Here’s my vegan resource to assist you HowToGoVegan.org
If you are vegan, and you want to politely register your opposition to killing this sentient being for this installation, consider writing to Lord Mayor Sue Hickey –
email: lord.mayor ( at) hobartcity (dot) com (dot) au
or contact Dark Mofo here. Consider asking the Lord Mayor to consider going vegan and ask those at Dark Mofo to consider going vegan 🙂 and to urge the organisers to accept the invitation of Brightside Farm Sanctuary to rescue this young bull and care for him.
Here’s the vlog I did on Faint Signals from Vega on Youtube.
Thanks for listening. 🙂
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