I had already written a newsletter for this week and then awoke at around 4:30 AM. I’m usually a very sound sleeper and couldn’t understand why I woke up so suddenly. As I rolled over and closed my eyes, trying to go back to sleep, I could hear the mooing of the cows from the farm just up the hill behind my house. I then realized that this was what had roused me out of my deep sleep.
The mooing of the cows is a familiar sound to me around this time each year. It’s the time when the farmer separates the mother cows from the calves. Just as any mother would cry at the loss of their child, these cows will moo day and night for weeks, mourning the loss of their calves. I tossed and turned, trying to ignore the woeful mooing that I could hear. Even after getting up and closing my window, their voices still carried in to my bedroom.
As I continued to toss and turn, I decided that I would change the topic of my newsletter to world peace. After all, what could be more appropriate, than writing about world peace on World Peace Day? World peace Day occurs annually on September 21st. This day was dedicated to peace by the United Nations in 1981. Their intention is to have the absence of war and a cease-fire in combat zones around the world for one day each year. Many people wear T-shirts with white piece doves to commemorate this day.
According to Wikipedia,” Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity. “
Imagine if you could do more for world peace than simply wearing a T-shirt. Imagine if you could affect world peace through the choices you make. Imagine if you could save one calf from being separated from its mother by choosing to introduce Meatless Mondays into your home. Imagine if you could save 200 animals a year by choosing to eat a plant-based diet.
I am not saying these things from an elitist or arrogant point of view. Over 18 years ago, I was farmer who raised bison for slaughter. One day when we were loading the bison onto the truck bound for the slaughterhouse, I was almost crushed to death. This ”planted the seed” about the value of my life and the value of all animals lives.
I became vegetarian in 2002 and had been wavering between vegetarianism and veganism for 12 years. I only decided to become vegan 2 ½ years ago. One of the biggest factors that influenced my decision, was the very knowledgeable and compassionate book written by Dr. Will Tuttle, entitled The World Peace Diet. After reading his book, I was able to connect the dots between the foods I eat and world peace. It was then easy to make the change from a vegetarian to the vegan lifestyle. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to read his book.
I also encourage you to watch this brief video clip of a calf being separated from its mother. I promise you there are no gory scenes, however, it will give you an understanding of what these cows experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYJPbrxdn8w
In celebration of World Peace Day, I leave you with one question: What can you do to contribute towards world peace?
Planting seeds of love and gratitude,
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