I’m writing this in the hopes of finding some common ground between people divided by their views on food. I am in no way placing judgment on anyone, and I feel that, because I’ve experienced both spectrums, I have gained some insights that are worth sharing. The following survey solidifies a believe I’ve held for a few years, which is that vegan extremists, who maintain an all-or-nothing type of attitude in regards to cutting out meat, are actually pushing many people away from even considering this as an option.
Now, I am not saying that I don’t agree with veganism, because I do. And I am not here to downplay any of the incredible health benefits that can be gained from adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle, because there are many. I merely wish to say that judging or even hating people who choose to include meat in their diets, both ethically produced or factory farmed, is just adding fuel to the fire. It won’t work.
“Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
It is important to have compassion toward people who make different choices than you do, even if you strongly disagree with them. If you are a vegan, have you ever asked yourself what you were thinking before you adopted your vegan lifestyle? Many are simply unaware of the atrocities that are taking place on factory farms or of the health benefits that can be gained from switching to a plant-based diet. Others still don’t place as much importance on these things as you do, and may instead value the food traditions of their family and culture. And still more have other reasons entirely, and it’s not our place to judge. It is important to understand that by getting too emotionally triggered when you talk about why people should give up meat, you may be inadvertently putting them off even considering it.
A recent survey conducted on 2,363 omnivores from the UK quizzed people on their diets and their attitude toward switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Of those surveyed, two thirds of the group said that they had considered becoming a vegetarian or vegan in the past year after learning about some of the health benefits of cutting out meat or seeing various videos or images from the meat industry.
So, why didn’t they follow through?
The five most common reasons for not adopting this lifestyle change were as follows:
- I like the taste of meat too much (81%)
- Meat substitutes are too expensive (58%)
- I’d struggle with meal ideas (50%)
- My family eat meat and wouldn’t consider going vegetarian or vegan with me (41%)
- The attitude of certain vegetarians/vegans has put me off (26%)
Even though the other reasons were more common than the last, 26% is still substantial, and represents something that we can all help shift together. And part of that involves asking ourselves why it’s so important for people to give up meat and animal products entirely rather than reducing their intake. Isn’t it worth it for people to at least try cutting back? Isn’t that a huge step in the right direction? I believe it is.
Researchers asked those who gave this answer what people had done specifically to turn them off, and the top responses included that “they were too aggressive to those eating meat” and “they consider their way to be the only way.” Another 25% of the respondents said that they had been lectured about their diets — a tactic people should know by now is ineffective. Nobody enjoys being lectured to.
Sometimes We Have to Take Baby Steps
I have written about animal rights issues for about five years now, and I have learned exactly what the above survey has concluded. Aggressiveness and absolutism about food choices actually make people less willing to change. I used to say that the only answer to this issue was for everyone to quit consuming meat and animal products, but I have since learned that there are many, many other options. And no one is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in regards to the decisions they make about their own diets.
Encouraging others to cut down their intake or make more ethical purchases (I know, there is no humane way to consume meat, but I’d prefer people consume animals that enjoyed a happy, healthy life than the alternative) are more reasonable approaches you can take. Offering plant-based meal ideas and sharing your favourite recipes would also help, as many people simply don’t know what a meal looks like without meat in it.
Try preparing an epic vegan feast and inviting your meat-eating friends over for dinner — in my experience, this speaks far louder than any harsh words. Show people rather than telling them how delicious vegan food can be, and let them make their decisions for themselves.
If meat lovers began to try out a plant-based diet, even for just a few meals a week, they might just begin to see how delicious, inexpensive, and full of variety it can really be, and over time might notice and appreciate some of the health benefits for themselves.
What Else to Consider?
When talking to people about veganism, it is important to keep the other factors that prevent people from adopting this type of lifestyle in mind. If they believe it’s too expensive, then you can offer tips and tricks that you have learned for making this diet more affordable. If they think it’s too time consuming, share ways you’ve learned to make simple and fast meals.
It’s also important to consider how much disinformation is out there in regards to our health, and also the insane amount of lobbying from the meat industry. Our governments and the media do a pretty good job of convincing us that we need meat to be healthy, so many people are simply misinformed. There is so much heath information out there, and so many different diets all claiming to be the best, but no one diet is perfect for everyone, so it’s no wonder that people are confused.
Something I think we can all agree on, however, is the notion that we need to be eating more whole foods, and certainly more plant foods. Even more simply put, we need to be eating more fruits and vegetables! The more fruits and vegetables we are eating, the less meat we are consuming. That change alone would be a huge step in the right direction.
Benefits of a Reducetarian Lifestyle
Nowadays, if I’m promoting anything it’s generally a reducetarian lifestyle. What does this mean exactly? Just as it sounds, it means reducing your consumption of meat and other animal products. Cutting down the amount of meat we are all consuming is a much easier pill to swallow, and won’t seem as daunting to the self-proclaimed carnivores. This approach may also encourage people to put the money they’ve saved on buying meat every day toward buying more ethically sourced products, which in turn supports better business practices.
The best thing we can all do is to check our emotions at the door, remain compassionate, share from the heart, and stay humble. There is no right way — there are many, many ways, and we are all just doing the best we can!
Egypt To Open A Giant Black Mystery Sarcophagus Despite Warnings
Not long ago, Egyptian Archaeologists discovered a huge 2,000-year-old sealed coffin, and as you’d imagine, they want to open it to see who or what is inside.
The sarcophagus was discovered in a tomb deep under the Egyptian city of Alexandria earlier this month (July 2018). It’s believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria. It’s 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft deep, according to Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
This has sparked quite the storm on the internet, as people point to the well known “curse of the pharaohs”, a term used to refer to a supposed curse believed to be thrown upon anyone who disturbs an ancient Egyptian mummy.
CTV News, who also picked up the story, explains,
In the 10 years that followed the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, 11 people who had at least visited the site died under sometimes myserious curcumstances, including lead researcher Howard Carter and several members of his team. Cureses involving ancient Egyptian tombs and artificats have also been the source of several Hollywood movies. Despite being on the verge of a supposed curse, other social media users are too intruiged to worry about the apparent risks.
A lot of mainstream media outlets present the idea of some sort of ‘curse’ as predominately mythological. The human mind definitely does, today that is, have trouble even comprehending how something like that could actually be real. Perhaps it invokes so much fear in one that we simply choose to ignore it, laugh it off and convince ourselves that such things may not exist.
It’s also interesting to note that the sarcophagus is covered in a thick layer of mortar, suggesting it has not been opened since the Ptolemaic period, which dates back between 305BC and 30BC. So, whatever is inside, it will still be intact…
Should It Be Opened?
Personally, I can understand the caution. If these coffins are to be left undisturbed by humanity, as instructed by the ancients, I believe these rules should be followed, and that’s probably because I am convinced in the validity of the concepts discussed in the Encyclopedia of Esoteric Studies, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, written by Manly P. Hall. In it, he describes how ancient rituals, practices, and magic were used by the ancients of different time periods, and this type of magic actually dominated in Egypt, which came to them from Atlantis.
“The masses, deprived of their birthright of understanding and grovelling in ignorance, eventually became the abject slaves of the spiritual impostors. Superstition universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from the sophistries of the priestcrafts of Atlantis and Egypt.”
It seems to be that such a curse could only derive from black magic, because it is associated with punishment and death, in this example, an Egyptian curse. Why should we take the description of Egyptian culture from those who wrote about it so seriously, for example, societal structure, food practices and more, but when it comes to their description of magic, for example, we instantly place it into the theoretical and mythical realm, without even considering the possibility that it could be real? Have we become that closed minded?
You can read a little bit more about the above-mentioned topics in the article linked below.
The sarcophagus wasn’t the only thing discovered in the tomb, there was also an alabaster head of a man who some believe could represent the person who is buried within the coffin.
Most ancient tombs discovered in Egypt were looted in one era or another, often leaving archaeologists with a limited understanding of the person inside. This untouched artifact gives the eager team a rare opportunity to uncover the mummy for themselves….Some people suggested the sarcophagus coupled with the recent discovery of a Neolithic henge in Ireland is either a sign of an impending apocalypse… or a very extravagant marketing scheme for a new Indiana Jones movie.
It’s important to close on the note that, not all which has been discovered is presented to us. We live in a world of secrecy, millions of pages of documents are classified every single year, for anybody to study the true history of, let’s say America, it would truly be impossible because it’s incredibly difficult to get something that actually reflects the truth.
I like to use the United States as an example, specifically, the National Security Agency (NSA) which was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 60’s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years.
What about archaeological discoveries, have they been kept from us? What about the Naszca mummies that were discovered in Peru? And all of the other discoveries within the realms of archaeology, like giants, completely left out of the historical record?
Historial and archaeological discoveries have the power to completely change what we know about human history and the origins of humanity. It wouldn’t be surprising that any artifact or physical traces of past life that don’t fit within the frame of accepted knowledge, or within the theory of evolution, to be completely unknown to humanity. This is one of many ways the global elite contain their control over humanity, and over the story of humanities origins.
Definitely, something to think about…
As far as the coffin goes, it looks they’re going to open it for sure…
The “Unmasking Antifa Act Of 2018”: The Nonsense Never Ends
- The Facts:
A bill has recently been submitted to Congress that specifically targets groups of people wearing masks who are preventing others from exercising their constitutional rights.
- Reflect On:
Can we see how much of what the government is doing with regards to violent protests and counter-protests is complicit with the way these protests are being used to prevent us from dealing effectively with the real issues?
Last year, in an attempt to condemn the ‘violence and domestic terrorism’ that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Senate tabled the ‘Charlottesville Resolution’ whose main purpose was ‘rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.’
Wow. Those Senators are really earning their salaries, aren’t they? Bravo–they’ve given the government more power to suppress the narrative of a certain segment of the population.
Now this year, in an attempt to stem the rising violence perpetrated by the group called Antifa, Congress introduced Bill H. R. 6054:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018’’.
SEC. 2. INTERFERENCE WITH PROTECTED RIGHTS WHILE IN DISGUISE.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 249 the following:
‘‘§ 250. Interference with protected rights while in disguise
‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
Wow. They’re really getting to the heart of the matter here, aren’t they?–the masks. Granted, threatening the ‘free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to <any person> by the Constitution’ was already a punishable crime, even without a mask, but let’s not let that get in the way. The government should be congratulated for their accomplishment here, which again is doing nothing except giving themselves more power to suppress the narrative of a certain segment of the population.
Who Supports These Groups?
I personally don’t know of anyone who supports White Nationalists, White Supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, or other hate groups. I also don’t know anyone who supports Antifa.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure if many of the people that go out to protest and counter-protest in public are necessarily ardent supporters of their respective group’s fundamental ideologies. I believe many are paid mercenaries. Others may be looking for an opportunity to vent their own suppressed anger.
Can We Ignore Them?
Ideally, we should be completely ignoring violent groups with such extremist ideologies. But there is a reason we have a hard time doing so. It is because it is these groups that get to star in the mainstream media circus and in the political discourse, at the exclusion of the vast majority of citizens who are moderate, reasonable, and have legitimate grievances. Isn’t it farcical that we are still talking about the Ku Klux Klan? That they still exist?
There is a reason that groups like the KKK seem to be getting recycled from the dustbin of history, at the same time newer extremist movements like Antifa are being well-funded and supported: their violent confrontations continue to be used by the financial elite as a smoke screen to grab our attention and fill the headlines, all while discouraging the moderate and reasonable majority from actually speaking up in public about the real issues that face us today, about the real and obvious tyranny the financial elite continue to perpetuate.
Embers Of Fear Dying Out
For the financial elite, the agenda itself is irrelevant; as long as violence, chaos, and polarization are created, they are able to keep their game going and hold on to power. But it’s getting harder and harder for them to stoke the fires of fear and violence, as they need to infuse more energy and resources than ever to bring these events together.
As we awaken and evolve, more and more of the population is turning away from angry and violent opposition as a way of dealing with issues. It’s important that we remain conscious and avoid the temptation to participate in the false left/right dichotomy that is constantly on display in the political arena and in the mainstream media. As we see these violent confrontations fundamentally as staged events, and stop giving our emotional energy to one side or other of the polarity, these techniques will no longer have their intended effect, and we can look forward to the day that they will have eventually petered out.
Newly Discovered Crop Circle Has A Message For Humanity (July 2018)
- The Facts:
A new crop circle was recently discovered in the UK on July 8th, 2018. It was the exact depiction of the chemical weapons warning symbol.
- Reflect On:
Does this serve as a message for us to put down the chemical and nuclear weapons for good? Do we need to be using these weapons? This may also cause us to consider the poisoning of our planet in other ways.
A new crop circle was recently discovered on July 8th in Coneybury Hill, Nr Stonehenge, Wiltshire. This circle is the exact same as the chemical weapons warning symbol.
Interestingly this crop circle was found shortly after the death of Dawn Sturgess who had come into contact with a deadly nerve agent.
While we can’t know for sure, this crop circle certainly appears to be a message to humanity about the dangers of chemical weapons and the catastrophic damage they can cause, regardless of who you believe made it. Perhaps this circle symbolizes the fact that these weapons have no place in our world, and it’s time we got rid of them, for good.
Check out some amazing drone footage of this newly discovered crop circle below.
It is not all that surprising to see this message show up in a crop circle, as in the past we have seen deliberate ET intervention when nuclear weapons would have otherwise been used. We have covered this topic before, and the following is an excerpt from an older article,
One of many previously classified reports -out of the thousands in existence -that is now available in the public domain is the intrusion at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, on August 24, 1966. Air Force personnel were concerned about a light in the sky. A team went to check it out and confirmed the object, then saw a second white object while doing so. The object was tracked on radar and moved vertical several times; each time it descended, an air force officer in charge of a missile crew found his radio transmission interrupted by static. The object eventually descended to ground level, and the Air Force sent a team to check it out. They saw the object either on the ground or hovering very low. According to the official report:
“When the team was about ten miles from the landing site, static disrupted radio contact with them. Five to eight minutes later, the glow diminished, and the UFO took off. Another UFO was visually sighted and confirmed by radar. The one that was first sighted passed beneath the second. Radar also confirmed this. The first made for altitude toward the north, and the second seemed to disappear with the glow of red.”
Here are a couple of more articles that go into greater detail regarding the connections between UFO’s and nuclear missiles:
Why Are They Stopping Nukes?
It seems that these extraterrestrials know just how damaging nuclear weapons can be to our planet, and possibly to our entire solar system. There is information that says that UFO’s have been deactivating nuclear weapons since we created them and started to show up a lot more often when we were testing the atomic bomb. Thankfully, someone or something has our back and is helping to stop us, humanity from making a huge mistake.
As Far As Crop Circles Go, You May Be Interested In These Detailed Articles That Go A Little Deeper Into The Phenomenon
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