Confronting My Sanity, My Religion, and My Innocence

(or rather, the loss of all 3)

If you had asked me 10 years ago, ‘where would you be in 10 years’, I never would have thought it’d involve me developing a website dedicated to exposing corruption and preaching about Love and Forgiveness, and speaking about Jesus Christ.

I was off in my own blissful bubble; appreciating the life around me, raising my child, enjoying my job, delving into my hobbies – not a care in the world.

I was happy.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate my life. I feel happiness during certain times. I enjoy those little moments that we shouldn’t take advantage of but some do anyway.

But there is a stark difference between how I used to fall asleep at night – with what used to be a peaceful slight small smile on my lips, to praying every single night for Jesus Christ to return, sometimes crying myself to sleep.

Recently I’ve had to confront the fact that my life is not the way it used to be before. Not just from a normal part of aging, or growing up, or experience… but from the realization that everything I once thought was real/true, may not be true after all. And the fact that my eyes have been opened into seeing all of the atrocities going on in the world, and it has forced me to come to terms that I need to question everything – even things that were so deeply ingrained in me, but now I realize that it may be at the heart of the matter after all.

Questioning my sanity

As I go deep into some of these rabbit holes – CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, the vaccine/pharma agenda, religion vs. atheism vs. spirituality, freemasons/illuminati, Bilderberg group, the Holocaust, the “great reset”, nwo, etc., etc., etc., it’s made me address the very real possibility that most of what I “KNOW”, is merely all lies and falsehoods.

With a governmental agenda to literally get all Americans to believe that everything is a lie, how do we know, FOR SURE, what is real and what is propagandized?

Whether it’s due to hyper-paranoidism, or perhaps just a better understanding now of how “the world” works, I have come to the point where I actually don’t know what to believe anymore, and I doubt that most of what we are taught through history, in schools, etc. is true. I have come to the point where I honestly think that most of our lives is built on lies – ESPECIALLY when it comes to the government, religion, economics, wars, education…

As I have dug deeper into several institutions and what I DO believe is our actual history, there is only one thing really that connects everything.

And that’s our origins, our beginnings, our belief systems, religion, spirituality, the idea of a God or several gods. This is, as it seems, the core of all of our struggles today.

We may not realize it. In fact, I think billions of people DON’T realize it. They are still in the blissful, and/or unacknowledged matrix that I found myself in 10 years ago. They may know, instinctively, that something is wrong. But they can’t put their finger on it and they dismiss this feeling as an uncomfortable sensation that is better to just tune out than to confront it.

But due to certain circumstances that was actually out of my control, I ended up choosing to confront this uncomfortable awareness. Or rather, I was FORCED to do it.

Thus it led me on a downward spiral that revealed what may be the truth of the matter after all. And as such, my mind has a hard time comprehending it all and sometimes I even question myself on what if everything I’m researching is false. What if my own thoughts is false and I’m feeding into the misinformation campaign? I have actually been GASLIGHTING myself that what I am now coming to believe may not be true after all.

I think it’s an attempt at trying to rationalize all of this information away. What if I’M the one being misled and the world isn’t the way I have come to understand it? But I know that this is just a cop-out and a way of trying to lead me back “into the world”.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the source of our problems.

Losing (changing?) my religion…

“18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”John 15:18-19

This verse seems to be the core of what’s going on in the world. “The world” in this context, I believe, is referring to the worldly system set up – not the world as in the planet Earth. It is the whole societal structure that has been set up in an attempt to keep us all in line, and chasing the all-mighty dollar.

It involves the educational institutions, the medical/health industries, politics, economics, financial institutions, trade, stock market… and yes, most of all, RELIGION.

To understand this in better context, you HAVE to come to terms with the idea that there are, indeed, secret societies that exist. Once you can understand this concept, this notion not only becomes believable, but it practically leads all roads down this path and everything starts making sense.

I have touched upon this subject before, but imagine our beginnings, our ancestors, our ACTUAL history. Where did we come from? Imagine if there was a group of people that retained their knowledge of our actual heritage… And what if some of these very same people described in these texts, are still deadset in their ways – and refuse to acknowledge The One, True, Supreme Creator? What if, they are exactly what the Bible describes as those “of the world”?

“23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”John 8:23-24

“43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” – John 8:43-47

Now, this is where things get tricky. I usually say something like the following, “I am not religious. But I am spiritual.”

And it’s been something that I’ve actually come to terms with that I don’t belong to one set religion. And that the battle we’re facing is a spiritual warfare. I still hold to that mindset. I also subscribe to the belief that the things of the material world are meant to lead us astray. The “world” that we should be following is Jesus Christ and the teachings of Love and Forgiveness; a divine/holy way of living. Not of things “of the world”. And that includes this whole societal construct most of us are living in right now.

And during my studies through Genesis, couldn’t help but notice the focus that the Lord is making towards wealth, land, nations, kingdoms, etc. …In my view of God, this does not fit. Now, I don’t want to be presumptuous and say that I know who/what God is, but in my heart, I feel as if the God that I am familiar with would not care about material wealth/possessions. It has rather been hard for me to get through this doctrine. So after doing some more research on this matter, came across a group known as the Cathars.

“Of themselves they say: “We are the poor of Christ, who have no fixed abode and flee from city to city like sheep amidst wolves, are persecuted as were the apostles and the martyrs, despite the fact that we lead a most strict and holy life, persevering day and night in fasts and abstinence, in prayers, and in labour from which we seek only the necessities of life. We undergo this because we are not of this world. But you, lovers of the world, have peace with it because you are of the world. False apostles, who pollute the word of Christ, who seek after their own interest, have led you and your fathers astray from the true path. We and our fathers, of apostolic descent, have continued in the Grace of God and shall so remain to the end of time. To distinguish between us and you Christ said “By their fruits you shall know them”. Our fruits consist in following the footsteps of Christ.”

– Source: Cathars and Cathar Beliefs in the Languedoc | Cathar Beliefs

“Cathar theology was essentially Gnostic in nature. They believed that there were two “gods”—one malevolent and one good. The former was in charge of all visible and material things and was held responsible for all the atrocities in the Old Testament. The benevolent god, on the other hand, was the one the Cathars worshipped and was responsible for the message of Jesus. Accordingly, they made every effort to follow the teachings of Jesus as closely as possible.”

– Source: Cathars & Albigenses: What Was Catharism?

This is fascinating to me. While I was researching Genesis, the incredible focus on land, wealth, material possessions, the aroma of burnt offerings pleasing the Lord… just did not resonate with me. I entertained the idea, “What if the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of the New Testament?” I know this is seen as highly blasphemous by a lot of those following Christianity, and again, I am not Christian, per se, but I do whole-heartedly believe in and love Jesus Christ.

So seeing a group known as the Cathars – who were “all” wiped out, incidently – referring to the Old Testament as having a God different than that of the New Testament, blew my mind. And that their stance about the material world being one of evil inclinations and temptations, and the way to divinity is to live in pure, kind compassion with each other and nature – COMPLETELY resonated with me.

Am I a Cathar and am just now learning about it?

Even more interesting, is coming across a prophecy that the very last Cathar made before he was burned alive (since all the Cathars were considered heretics – albeit, to cover up a different reason why they were genocided…)

“In 700 years, when the laurel grows green again” – Guilhem de Belibaste

Historical documentations point to Guilhem de Belibaste being burned allegedy on August 21, 1321 – although that specific date has been debated. But 1321 has been widely accepted and not contested. So if this date is correct, then of course the prophecy points to the year 2021 as being “when the laurel grows green again”.

But what does that mean, exactly? Again, that is up for debate. And no one really knows if this prophecy will come true as it is, and even if it does, what it will entail. So perhaps it is an obscure statement that could apply to a wide variety of possibilities, and it may not even be noticeable at the moment. But if it means what many people think it does, then it would seem a worldwide revival of the Cathar belief system, whether they consciously realize it or not, may be in effect.

Once you lose your innocence, you can’t get it back.

(Or can you?)

When I went down the rabbit hole and started questioning my own sanity and my religion, I realized something that really struck me at what was wrong with how I intrinsically felt inside.

It was the dawning awareness that my naivete, my innocence, my open-eyed wonder of the world, had come to an abrupt halt, and I was now looking at the grim reality around me. The reality that the world that most people strive to be a part of, one that I used to want to be a part of, is one full of traps, pitfalls, wicked deeds that are now being passed off as “good”, and a systematic powerhouse of leading us away from our true purpose.

Once my eyes opened to all of this deception, the lies, the fraud – most of it pointing to a huge spiritual upset – the sorrow that I felt since I knew that my life would never be the same and I would never get back that child-like innocence, swallowed me and left me feeling alone and desolate, and a yearning for the ways that it used to be.

But then, after struggling with this inner turmoil, I came to the resolution that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now, at least, I am awakening to the horrible atrocities that are committed just to keep the rest of us in the dark. I can step off of this worldly platform and fully dedicate myself to Jesus Christ and His teachings, knowing that I’m doing the right thing. Perhaps this is what must be done in order to raise people’s awareness and spread the message that the spiritual warfare is real, and goes deeper and darker than we think.

Maybe by putting aside this naive gullibility and innocent outlook towards the world, thinking that all of these material enhancements are for our benefit, we can shift our focus onto nature and our true roots – our soul and connection to the Creator.

Although I lost my innocence as a blissfully unaware human, just living my life as best as I can, I have gained an understanding and desire to strive for the Truth, and step out of this harmful paradigm of perpetuating division and materialistic pursuits.

I have asked myself, even though my innocence has been shattered, is there a way I can piece it back together? Not by ignoring all of the situations around us, but by slowly picking up all of these pieces and acknowledging that I can still enjoy the small things in life? The soothing sound of rain falling… A genuine smile from a loved one or stranger… A sweet video of a random act of kindness – or especially initiating the act of kindness ourself…

Maybe I’ve lost my sanity 😛 , maybe even changed my “religion” (although I’m not sure about that yet), and lost my innocence, but I do still have hope and the belief that things will work out in the end anyway. My motto, besides “Love and Forgive”, is “Jesus wins”. So no matter how much darkness seems to surround us, I have faith that “the world” will come to terms to its reality eventually and get back on the right track.

With that being said, my life may not be the same as it was before. And I may miss it at times, but to me, this just means that I’m heading in the right direction.

“20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:20-24

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Genesis 13: Abram Inherits Canaan

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

Version used is from (NKJV) Genesis 13

Abram Inherits Canaan

1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

I find it very interesting that the first two verses in this chapter seems to focus on the material wealth that Abram has. Almost as if that’s what matters… Of course, through Jesus’ teachings, this is far from the truth, but even previous chapters dwell quite a bit on the corporeal and amassing great amount of possessions and properties… it just seems very odd that this would be of such importance. Not to mention the previous chapter of Abram lying about his wife, and the punishment still goes to the one who was not aware of this lie. Perhaps I’m overthinking this strange dichotomy, or I simply don’t understand the sovereignty and plans of the All Mighty. But it is something I bring up because of my confusion to this matter.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Again, I don’t want to make assumptions, but I do have my own beliefs. Whether they’re correct or wrong. And I feel almost sanctimonious by stating them, and again, I don’t want to come across as presumptuous or blasphemous, but it is just another topic that I don’t quite understand. My belief, is that God is Love, and He knows what’s in our hearts. That’s the ONLY thing that matters. So for the Lord to be pleased with an altar or anything of the like, seems to be more concentrated on physical structures and outward display of devotion than what a person truly feels inside.
However, with Abram’s sincere devotion, perhaps it is his way of showing his reverence, and it has nothing to do with the physical construct of the altar or anything that Abram chooses to sacrifice upon it, but more about his supreme trust and faith in the Lord. The “altar” just signifies it, perhaps. And this is what the Lord is pleased with. If Abram is true and genuine in his heart, then the act of building the altar is to just outwardly show this dedication, similar to how an artist would like to do a painting or sculpture of someone or something that they love.
But then, there’s the other reason for someone to build an altar, and it comes back to the sacrifice aspect of things. I’ve already mentioned before how strange it seems for the Lord to be “pleased with the aroma of burning sacrifices”, and it automatically conjures sinister and macabre actions in my mind. And again I have to ask, why would a spiritual, divine entity be so delighted with this type of practice?

5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
This verse again mentions the extreme amount of wealth that not only Abram has, but also Lot. And when we take into account how many times the Lord has promised to bless Abram and that he will have a whole nation unto his own, well, his material possessions will just keep growing it seems.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
I also want to point out how interesting it is that between the generation of Noah and his family, which supposedly spawned the rest of humanity as we know it, and the age of Abram and Lot, there were around 10 generations between the two groups. Meaning that technically, the Canaanites and the Perizzite’s are both descendants of Noah. And Abram and Lot were as well. Of course, due to the Fall of the Tower of Babel, these descendants were then spread out and became unknown to each other and built their own customs and traditions, thus perhaps creating hostility and mistrust between other groups.
In the case of Abram’s herdmen and Lot’s herdmen, it could be due to the sheer amount of possessions that each group had and the disagreements on how to rear the cattle and where to raise them. But it’s interesting that between just 10 generations there could be so much animosity and suspicion developing between all these different groups.

8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
We’re ALL brethren, but I digress…
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Even though the details haven’t been expanded upon yet, I’ve read before that Canaan was also extremely wicked, but perhaps not during this timeframe? While this verse focuses on Sodom being exceedingly wicked, it does not mention Canaan eventually becoming wicked as well. There’s much more I can say about this topic, but since it has not been covered yet, I will wait until the appropriate chapter.
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

I didn’t want to make this connection, but… this sounds eerily similar to this verse: “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”Matthew 4:8-9

Am I insinuating a correlation between the LORD who spoke to Abram offering him all the land of the world, to that of the devil who was trying to tempt Jesus with all the kingdoms of the world?…
I’m saying, there’s an uncanny precedence and curious resemblance between these two verses. Regardless of the real meaning and/or if they have absolutely no bearing with each other, the similarities exist.
Now, can I say that without offending God/Jesus Christ? Well, yes, I daresay I can because I believe in Him and I know that He knows that I love Him and my intentions are pure and not born out of spite or rebelliousness. On the other hand, can I say the same thing without offending some people? …Probably not. But this connection is not to stir up trouble or spite, but only to show what a sincere study into the Bible can reveal without any preconceived notions or being led to a particular conclusion.

16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

I brought up some tough questions/correlations because I feel that to get to the truth of the Bible, one can’t simply read it without inquiring as to the purpose of these verses and their meaning. Although the questions may seem as if it’s coming from a skeptical point of view, it is most definitely not the case and instead comes from a very honest pursuit to finding the significance and message of what it may be sending.

And as usual, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Am I a Compassionate Person?

I learned today, not as much as I’d like to be.

You know, if I were to ask myself this question, I always thought the answer was “yes”. I care about people, I loathe injustices, dishonesty, and corruption; I vouch for the kind, meek, and humble.

But do I really?

If I’m to be honest with myself, the answer is, “No! I cannot say that I vouch for the kind, meek and humble.”

Why is that?

A simple reason.

I eat meat.

Red meat display in a market.

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I LOVE meat. Bacon, steak, porkchops, chicken, seafood, sausage, brisket, turkey, etc., etc., etc. All types of meat, you name it. Even animal byproducts: eggs (which I consider meat), cheese, milk – even honey. And then, of course, you have the multitude of other products that contain these items:

egg: mayonnaise, baked goods, ice cream, pasta, salad dressing, and more.

milk, cheese, butter: packaged foods – like rice, pasta, seasonings, mashed potatoes, etc.

honey: not just used for foods and drinks, but can also be used for: lotions, face masks, lip balm, hair care, etc.

So why is this such a conundrum?

It started from a simple search on youtube. I asked myself, “What does it mean to be a compassionate person?”

As usual when searching on youtube, one thing led to another, and another, until I came across a few videos about how we treat animals. I watched a video from James Aspey – “This Speech Will Change Your Life”, and it certainly was a wake-up call to my hubris of thinking I was a truly compassionate person.

How can I, a person who strives to be compassionate and kind, justify myself into taking part in the meat market to continue and thrive? Even after knowing how cruelly they treat animals?

Well, the answer is, I can’t.

I know some of the counter-arguments:

  • God intended for man to eat animals.
  • Animals don’t feel pain and don’t know any better. Silly.
  • We need meat for health reasons.
  • We need to eat animals so they don’t over populate the world.
  • They’re mass produced for easier and cheaper marketing. And it’s convenient.
  • It’s a way of life. We were raised and conditioned to eat meat. Plus it tastes good.

And each point of these can be addressed with the exact reasons why it’s incorrect or misconstrued.

For instance:

  • (God intended for man to eat animals.) – If one is to take the word of the Bible literally, it is unmistakable that there are passages that will be misconstrued, mistranslated, misunderstood, etc. We have to come to terms that while most of us have been conditioned to believe that every word in the Bible is true, and while a lot of us want to believe in something “set in stone” to trust and have faith in, the fact of the matter is that the Bible being corrupted could be a very real possibility.
18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3
11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
Amos 8:11-12

How do we know that this hasn’t happened already? Or that these verses weren’t changed, mistranslated, or just completely made up, etc., etc.?

We don’t.

Which is why “discernment”, with or without the Bible’s advice, is a very important skill to develop. Besides, there are plenty of atheists who reject animal cruelty and are vegetarians/vegans. Mostly because of pure, genuine, moral ethics. Which is the key point. Even if we were “allowed” to eat the flesh of animals, one must ask themselves how we would feel if we were in place of those animals: “Would I be okay with another being gorging on my flesh, and killing me in a most brutal way to get it?”

I’d like to think most of us would say no.

And yes, humans were once considered the only conscious beings, (which as scientific research has finally concluded, is false) so that gives us the choice to choose between being an omnivore, carnivore, herbivore. Animals, on the other hand, act more of a natural instinct – (by the way, humans are animals too…) – which begs the questions: If us humans keep giving ourselves credit that we’re the most evolved species on the planet, then why are humans the main pollutant and corruption of Earth? Why are there so many extinct animals thanks to the hands of humans?

…I digress (for now). On to the next topic…

  • (Animals don’t feel pain and don’t know any better. Silly.)Lol. I don’t even know where to start with this one. As anyone who has ever owned a pet, or has legitimately loved an animal or animals can attest, animals most certainly do feel pain, suffering, fear, love, sorrow, happiness, compassion… I honestly don’t know what to say to people who don’t believe that animals have emotions. Instead, I’m just going to show a few videos that might shed some light into it:

If, after watching these videos, one can still assume that animals don’t have emotions, then there must be something wrong with you. 🙁 Please see a therapist.

These videos show the gamut of emotions that animals have, including but not limited to: compassion for not only their own species, but that of others as well (such as the beautiful sweet-hearted dog that was trying to save the fishes by pushing water on to them with it’s nose – and the cat that saved a fish’s life by pushing it back into it’s aquarium. Not to mention the group of hippos that came to the rescue of a buffalo being attacked by a couple of crocodiles), love, excitement, concern, protectiveness, defensiveness, sadness, happiness, etc.

It also shows their thinking process; as when the two adult elephants were trying to save the baby elephant: instead of falling automatically into the water, they were smart enough to go around to the entrance of the water, so as to not hurt themselves. And the primate that was trying to save the bird: used an ingenius method by using a leaf for the bird to latch on to, to pull the bird up.

These are incredible insights into the minds of animals, and, consciousness or not, these animals show more kindness and compassion than some humans. And not just for their own species! Yet here humans are… being so divisive of skin color and cultural backgrounds and religious/political affiliations… I digress again.

  • (We need meat for health reasons.)Yes, meat has a lot of protein, B12, and even fish has the very important omega-3 acids. But these are also vitamins and nutrients that we can get from supplements – that aren’t extracted from animals. And there are many studies that show one can be just as healthy, if not healthier, by not eating meat at all. (Again, as long as you take natural supplements.)
  • I do want to mention on the flip side, eating healthy is a matter of self-control and discipline. Yes, one can be vegan and still be very unhealthy – as certain foods such as potatoes, rice – other starchy items aren’t good for you in large doses. And chocolate… lovely chocolate…

    Plus deep fried foods? Definitely not healthy.

    The point is, one can eat healthy without meat. It might not be easy, especially at first. We’re all conditioned to ignore the fact that certain things come from animals – and it depends on if you choose to be vegetarian or vegan. A vegan lifestyle is more strict, depending on the level you strive for: the strictest vegan will refuse to eat or use anything that comes from an animal, or even anything that has been tested on an animal.

    Thankfully, there are tons of websites and cookbooks that help us with our shopping decisions and substitutions into the dishes we already love. Again, I love meat – cheeseburgers, meat lover’s pizza, I love eggs, the list goes on and on. The question I need to ask myself is, “Do I love the taste of these foods more than I love animals?” My answer is a resounding no. Which means I need to get on the road to changing my lifestyle not only for a clearer conscience, but also to no longer have a hand in the slaughter of billions/trillions of innocent animals.

    And some might ponder, “Well, just because you don’t eat it doesn’t mean it’s still not in demand and that millions of others won’t continue to do it. So why not?” And perhaps you’re right. But just one more person to consciously make the decision to not eat meat might plant the seed for others to try it differently as well. Soon, it might help humanity reach the decision that to kill animals for food is extremely unnecessary in our day and age with as much abundance we have in other crops and produce.

    There are a lot of substitutions we can use instead of meat, such as tofu, soy, mushrooms, beans, etc.
    Vegan breakfast bowl using scrambled tofu to resemble and taste like eggs.

    Source: allrecipes.com – Food website with over a thousand vegan recipes.

    • (We need to eat and hunt animals so they don’t over populate the world.) – Hm… I’m sure this reason is purely altruistic. What do you think?

    The argument that we need to keep the animal population in check is an oversight. It’s an oversight to ignore the many animals that were killed, all in the name of sport – including a lot of large predators that would reduce the population of smaller animals quite naturally. Which would help keep the “circle of life” in a balanced, neutral, food-chain sort of environment.

    If it weren’t for us over-hunting animals, I would say there’s a good chance that most animal species would prosper instead of going extinct due to either the aforementioned hunting, which in turn would take food away from the larger animals, thus perpetuating a shortage of food for them – resulting in them dying out from hunger, and so on and so forth.

    And do I need to mention how many animals have been killed off or forced from their habitat due to the invasion of people building cities, establishments, paving roads, etc., etc., etc.? Or from people introducing a new animal species to an already existing habitat, only for that species to drive out or kill the current one?

    Most of the animal species which have gone extinct are due to human hands – directly or indirectly:

    These Animals Went Extinct in the Last 100 Years – animalsake.com

    And due to the importance of the next article, I felt it prudent to include the complete, extremely long title (I took liberties with highlighting a keypoint in this title):

    Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’: Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ / Current global response insufficient; ‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
    Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good / Most comprehensive assessment of its kind; 1,000,000 species threatened with extinction
    – ipbes.net

    • (They’re mass produced for easier and cheaper marketing. And it’s convenient.)
    • (It’s a way of life. We were raised and conditioned to eat meat. Plus it tastes good.)

    For both of these points, I want to mention again, just because something is “acceptable” in society, or “easy” (everyone does it, so why not?) does not mean it’s a good idea. After all, in the past, slavery was a normal part of society – did that make it right? NO. In some countries, the practice of child marriages and arranged marriages still takes place. Does it make it right? NO. The Bible has a lot of incredulous rules that today would be considered barbaric punishment. Do we still practice them today? In some countries, sadly yes. But generally, NO.

    We can’t keep using the excuse that it’s “normal” or “acceptable” to justify the actions to continue a certain “way of life”. Besides, who ultimately makes the decisions of what we can consider normal or who gives a nation/country permission to change the laws and decide what is “right” and “wrong”? There are too many government/scientific laws and rules that I believe actually infringe upon our rights as human beings, not to mention the laws “regulated” on animals’ rights. I won’t go into those topics in this post, since that would derail the subject even further.

    In all honesty, I think the most truthful answer one can give as to why they will continue to eat meat, is simply that it tastes good. I can’t say I blame them. Being conditioned to eat meat and the variety of ways it cooks: grilled, simmered, pan-fried, baked, stewed, broiled, slow-cooked, etc. etc., it’s no wonder it’s a hard lifestyle to turn away from.

    Perhaps it’s an addiction of sorts. But after all, it’s not like it’s known for causing cancer, like cigarettes; an actual addictive item. Sure meat can cause some health problems in certain people, especially if the consumption is not moderated, but generally, meat is relatively healthy – and tastes great to boot.

    So the main factor comes down to, again, how compassionate are we? How willing are we to put aside our desire for flesh, for the welfare of consciously aware animals?

    How to Feel Compassion for the Animals

    I attempted to watch a video on youtube about slaughterhouses. I didn’t even last 23 seconds. And I closed my eyes before the first kill. This tells me that if I feel compassion for these animals, as we all should for any living being, then I should not be supporting this “meat market”. I will not post the video, I will leave that for every individual to decide on their own if they want to search it out and watch them. But beware. If you want to look into these, they show the very real and heartbreaking ways that animals are brutally treated and killed all in order to support our taste buds.

    Of course one could say, “Well, sucks to be an animal. I’m glad I’m not one.” but let me propose this:

    During my studies and research and my own experiences, I truly believe in the “life review” that we will all eventually see. Not only will we see the actions that we’ve done in this life, but we will also feel the actions that we have imposed on others, as if we are experiencing it ourselves. Some testimonies even claim that they were given clear instructions on what our purpose is here on this Earth.

    A few examples of this are below:

    “I heard a voice say to me ‘You have not fulfilled your purpose here.’

    “And I said, ‘What was my purpose?’… I didn’t have a clue. I truly didn’t have a clue — how to live, what life was about, what it was to be a man, what my goals or purpose could have been. So I said ‘What was my purpose?’

    “And this voice says to me, ‘The same as every man. You were put on the Earth to take care of the Earth…’ We, as men, are here to take care of the Earth. That’s one of our responsibilities, as men. It was very personal. He said, ‘You’re not to strip mine the Earth. You’re not to pollute the Earth. You’re not to destroy your home.’ And I was being indicted because I was responsible. I was a litterer. I was one that didn’t care about nature or the environment at all. And this was a beautiful home that God had created for me to live and enjoy.

    “And He said, ‘Secondly, you’re here for the animals. They look up to you. You’re the one with the spirit. You’re the one with reason, with intelligence, with the strength to change things, the ability to protect them and take care of them and do for them. They don’t have that ability. And yet you destroy species after species.’ And I knew that I was responsible, partly responsible. I had hunted for sport. I had no concern for animals. I never showed any compassion — I didn’t have any compassion for animals or men.

    “And He said, ‘Thirdly and most importantly, you’re here for each other. And you — this imperative, YOU — I sent to be part of the answer. You’ve just been part of the problem…’ And He began to try to teach me…”

    – Oliver John Calvert ( the-formula.org / youtube.com )

    “EVERYTHING I ever thought, did, said, hated, helped, did not help, should have helped was shown in front of me, the crowd of hundreds and everyone like a movie. How mean I’d been to people, how I could have helped them, how mean I was (unintentionally also) to animals! Yes! Even the animals had feelings. It was horrible. I fell on my face in shame. I saw how my acting, or not acting, rippled in effect towards other people and their lives. It wasn’t until then, that I understood how each little decision or choice affects the World.”

    – Alexa H. ( the-formula.org / nderf.com )

    “You will be responsible for yourself, judging and reliving what you have done to everything and everybody in very far-reaching ways. Very small, seemingly inconsequential things such as the day when I, nine years old, walked through Seneca Park and loved the appearance of a tree. In my life review I could experience a bit of what the tree experienced in my loving it, two little photons of love and adoration. It was somewhat like the leaves acknowledging my presence.

    Can a tree experience that? Yes, it can. Don’t go kicking trees anymore! You do have that effect on plants. You do have an effect on animals. You do have an effect on the universe. And in your life review you’ll be the universe and experience yourself in what you call your lifetime and how it affects the universe.”

    – Thomas Sawyer ( near-death.com )

    Of course we can’t just take the above testimonies for their word. Some could be fabricated, exaggerated, etc. But in conjunction with all of the other evidence – especially videos that show how animals interact with each other and other species, including us humans, it can no longer be denied that animals do, indeed, feel and go through the same emotions that we do.

    And we have to ask ourselves, “What kind of fear and helplessness are these poor creatures going through, when they’re being mass-killed all in the name of our gratification?” “How would we feel, if we were in their place? Seeing our kin brutally slaughtered and knowing that we were next?”

    These are questions I implore people to ponder before they buy their next meat package – knowing that the poor, innocent animal that unwillingly provided it was in so much fear and torment at the hands of the very species that was meant to protect them.

    Not eating animals is probably going to be very hard for most people, especially if they enjoy the taste and it’s a normal part of their family/social life. To deviate from that is going to take willpower, dedication, and a very conscious awareness of their actions.

    For me, I am taking the steps today. I cried watching the brief snippets of the slaughterhouses from the “This Speech Will Change Your Life” video. I do have compassion. As do a lot of people. And just because you eat meat doesn’t mean you don’t. But if I’m going to be the best version of a compassionate person as I can be, then I have to address this issue.

    Again, I hope you will join me in at least considering it. And at the very least, spread compassion and love and gratitude for the people and animals/nature in our lives, and the animals/nature who sustain us.

    Mother cow licking her baby.

    Image by pisauikan from Pixabay

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