The word Tao is an eastern word which literally translates to “path” or “way”. I have chosen vegetarianism as my “way” to eat.
I am not usually an evangelist for Vegetarianism, but I’ve seen things in the last few weeks that are making me change my mind.
Most recently I saw a Humane Society video taken at the Smithfield Foods pork plant. I won’t post it here, because I wouldn’t subject anyone to it. It is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen.
I used to think I became a Vegetarian for health reasons, and maybe I did. But, each one these videos that I see make me so thankful that, for whatever reason, I did.
Karma is a concept that is much more involved than most people believe. Most people see it as a “what comes around goes around”. But, it is a blend of our previous actions, thoughts, and deeds coupled with the collective karma of those in our world. It’s a little scary to think our future is shaped, in part, by the actions of those around us, particularly in light of the factory farming horrors.
There was a particular photo in the article that caused my heart to open up. It was a shot of a sad pig looking directly into the camera. It made me happy that I’d made the choice to become a vegetarian and it made me hope that my choice was moving the needle on the collective karma of the universe in the right direction.