Many of us, when we think of who and what we are, fail to realize that the Earth is an extension of our body and mind or, better yet, we are an extension of the Earth’s body and mind. When one of us wastes the fruit of the Earth, in one of the countless (unsustainable) ways that we, as a civilization, have devised to do so, they are wasting the very fruit of our collective body and mind; a condition which leads to the weakness of and the eventual death of the Gaian (Earth) mind/body/spirit complex.
Many of us are starting to realize that we are personally responsable for a large portion of the ecological devastation that is occuring at an ever increasing rate. Eating meat, for example, causes the following types of ecological devastation:
- To produce a Kilo of feedlot Beef, a farmer uses 50x as much water as a kilo of Soya Beans or Rice
- A pound of Pork requires:
- 16 pounds of grain
- 140 gallons of water
- 1 gallon of gasoline
- The grains fed to animals are grown inorganically and treated with pesticides and insecticides.
Most people don’t realize that, when they consume even a pound of meat, they are, indirectly, releasing several pounds of toxic waste, several cubic feet of climate altering methane and causing thousands of harmful chemicals to be absorbed into the biosphere.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ” ~Albert Einstin
In my view, the most important thing that we can do, as a species, is to immediately reduce the consumption of meat, eventually eliminating this barbaric practice altogether. It is absurd that anyone can feel comfortable with eating meat, when the smallest amount of meat production leads to serious environmental degradation.
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. ~Albert Einstein