Sentience

And now for an essay on the connection between what you believe and what you eat.  You knew it was coming.

All living beings have sentience.  That means, all beings are alike in that they are aware of themselves, feel pleasure and pain, and have feelings.  Even plants and mushrooms are alive, although their central nervous system is much simpler than ours, and dislike dying.

The answer is not to be a breatharian, living off the dew on the trees.  That’s just not right.  One of the Buddha’s precepts was to not kill or cause others to kill.  So this insinuates that a lacto vegetarian diet is best.  And that’s what I’m gonna do.

Meat from any animal or fish is procured from violence.  While early in human evolution, as man left Africa, people began to rely on hunting as a means of survival during the winter months when nothing grew.  However, these days are different.  You can get any food you want at any time of the year at the supermarket.  That is true for most of America.

Even the cultivation of eggs and dairy have become violent, crude, senseless exploitation of the animal kingdom.  That doesn’t mean everyone should be vegan and live off of beans and rice.

Since science has proven that the lacto ovo vegetarian diet is best for human health, and sugar restriction is the best way to reduce weight, I suggest aspiring to be as close to this diet as possible.

Remember, protein and fiber are the two most essential nutrients, and sugar and starch is the real culprit in weight gain and excessive calorie consumption.

Diet is not religion, there’s no need to be strict.  Religion and dogma is a hoax anyway, but that’s the subject of a different essay.  But a sensible vegetarian diet with eggs and cheese and yogurt and butter from healthy happy animals is best.  Indulging in fish or any other flesh food won’t make you a bad person or a bad vegetarian.  Meat doesn’t harm the body and it’s not why people are so fat in this country.

So don’t be a strict vegetarian, be a liberal vegetarian.  Or better yet, be a flexetarian.  Do what’s best and most practical for yourself first, then for the animals and others and so on.

Just remember before you down your next baconburger that a pig and a cow had to be slaughtered for your meal.  That fact should make you consider the animal kingdom with great reverence.  Each and every animal has feelings and doesn’t want to die.  When you consume meat, which is muscle tissue, you also consume the fear of death that the animal felt when being slaughtered.  And that causes stress and anxiety.

Writing this essay doesn’t mean I dont want to eat fish or shrimp anymore, I’m sure I will indulge myself at some time soon.  But the point is, I realize that death creates death and life breeds life.

So in conclusion of this essay, lacto ovo vegetarian has been proven to be the best diet.  Yogis have known that for thousands of years.  The best way to live is to be practical, sensible, and compassionate.  I suggest eating in a way that is good for you and others too.  And that includes the animal kingdom, all of which have feelings too.

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