Articles in Category: Psychology

Is Veganism a Spiritual Pursuit?

Written by Barbara Frazier on October 29, 2012

Is Veganism a Spiritual Pursuit?

Ahimsa

On our vegan social network, VeganTalk, there seems to be more and more discussion and crossover between the subjects of veganism and spirituality.  In fact, one of our members started a group called “Vegan Spirituality.”  Based on the discussions in that group, it is clear that some vegans see a strong link between a vegan lifestyle and spirituality, particularly in relation to the Eastern concept of “Non-Harm” or in Sanskrit, “Ahimsa.” As a central tenet in the religions of Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism, Ahimsa refers to the avoidance of harming any living being, even unknowingly, as an expression of compassion, and to avoid karmic repercussions in this and future lives. I would offer that the Christian ethic “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a statement of the same.

The Big Split

Written by Barbara Frazier on August 09, 2012

The Big Split

We love our dogs, but we torture, slaughter and eat cows without a thought. We send Michael Vick to prison for abusing and killing dogs, but we erect laws that prevent insider investigation of slaughterhouses. We buy toys for our dogs to unwrap under the Christmas tree, but we heartlessly behead hundreds of thousands of turkeys every holiday season to set on the dinner table so that we can sit around it's roasted carcass and give thanks for our blessings. What's the problem here?  I call it the "big split."