“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” ― Ancient Sanskrit Mantra
Welcome to Livin’ on the Veg! My name is Olivia and I’ve been vegan for 11 years. For me, veganism is not a passing dietary fad but an ethical code that I aspire to live by as much as possible.
Veganism represents a profound paradigm shift in our consciousness – an a-ha!, lightbulb moment – in which we recognize that animals aren’t here for us and that they have the same right to bodily sovereignty and freedom that we do.
When we choose veganism, we are not only affirming animal liberation, but we liberate ourselves from a violent ideology that is pervasive in our culture. This ideology, known as speciesism, basically says that animals don’t matter morally and that we can do whatever we want to them without considering the ethical implications. Speciesism has been passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years – it’s so entrenched that most of us are blind to it. It’s not our fault that we inherited this way of thinking, but we now have the opportunity to break free from it and say “no.” No, I don’t want to live in a world where we torture, confine, abuse, and kill billions of animals every year and consider that to be “normal.” I don’t want to live in a world where we turn a blind eye to the suffering of vulnerable and innocent beings. I want to live in a world where we treat all living beings – nonhuman and human – with respect, dignity, and compassion. I share this vision for a more compassionate world with other vegans, and am inspired when I see our movement growing stronger every year. Soon we will be unstoppable!
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