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i’m in a place so high up

the only thing that is bringing me down is that you’re not here with me

 

– g.c.

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i love the lonely nights

when i sit in spite of the clock

its tedious tick

has the characteristic of a gnawing itch

it is a mind game

i win

i make the rules

decide if i will be eluded

i’ve grown stronger now

my perception reaches beyond deception

the quiet night

quiet like myself

words floating closer to the surface

quickly I catch them

spoken

my views face discretion

i will never get them

so i am here on my own

thank god i no longer cling and know how to be alone

if they only knew gentleness

delicate enough to hold the truth

they’d be thrown

the world would spin around and head closer to home

the stars we’ve been shown

but fear kept us from knowing

the pain is showing

i psychoanalyze each and every encounter

i must deal with disguise but i won’t stop trying

because my hunger is not for a lies

try to offer and soothe

hoping the gentle and calm will bring about anxiety and hatred’s demise

those feelings harbor dark places for the ego to thrive

it’s time it was brushed off

for i can see it in their eyes

their shoulders are tired

it is difficult enough to put up the facade

to hold all this weight

dreams crushed instead of made

they can still be saved

i am still hopeful

the night is my rope still

i hold on to move on

forgiveness

i am mending

intertwined with the divine

grasp onto the line

let it lift you

high enough to see the light

then you’ll see just as i

even though the night is dark and lonely

everything is alright

you will be fine

 

stream of consciousness – g.c.

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the persona in my dreams,

a hidden part of me:

“you are not just a nook in time,

miracle being.”

a chasm in the infinite

swallowing a reality

embodiment of it’s totality

reflected valiantly

in works created

sure of divinity

empowered being

living abundantly

commemoration of soul

discovery and realization

truths told

a dream chaser

each day she will grow

goddess – g.c.

Veganism, An Explanation Part 2

In Part 1, of my explanation of why I am vegan, I discussed my personal journey to be coming vegan and also, the health reasons of why one should become vegan.

In Part 2, I will discuss the environmental and ethical reasons. Also, I am a lot more brief in this post, than in Part 1, which contains most of the information I have given on veganism.

So, let’s start off with the environment…

The affects of animal agriculture on the environment:

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. Here’s why:

  • Farm animals release methane gas, which is twenty times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping methane gas in our atmosphere.
  • Animal agriculture accounts for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions which is three hundred times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere

A few more facts (these are not all the affects, but just to list a few):

  • One tenth of the water on this planet is polluted  by animal agriculture, making the land it sits on uninhabitable (destroying entire ecosystems).
  • Millions of acres of rainforest and even forests in the U.S., are destroyed in order to grow crops to feed factory farm animals. (Yes, soy and grain that humans eat come from deforested land, however, we would not need as much land for these crops, if we were not mass producing and feeding billions of animals just to be food.)
  • It takes 2,400 gallons of water (50 full bathtubs) to produce one pound of meat.

I find it odd that we use all this land to grow crops to feed animals, that are born only to then be eaten, yet 795 million people suffer from hunger daily. If we allowed a normal population of farm animals, and stopped mass producing them for food, we could instead, feed these crops to children and families whose stomachs are empty.

“Certain animals are meant for food, others serve us as pets.”

No species is on this planet to serve another species. Animals are sentient beings, meaning we all feel. We all desire to live and we all desire companionship. A mother cow having her baby calf taken away at birth, feels loss and pain. It is her natural instinct to want to care, love, and provide for that baby. We all have these same instincts and emotions. Humans have become disconnected from the world around them, not realizing  or caring, where products come from. We don’t even stop to think that the meat on our plates is flesh, a carcass of a once living being, that was cognizant of its demise. These beings, lived a life only knowing endless slaughter and prolonged emotional and physical pain.

Industries materialize living beings and buying these products will keep these industries afloat.

What about free range and organic?

Organic or not, animal products are just not meant for your bodyand are not the best for you.

And, free range?  

This is the difference between caged chickens and free range:

I would not consider being crammed into a room, without sufficient amount of space to move, freedom. I am not going to go into the details about the cruel methods and conditions of factory farming right now. The point is, we are taking away the animals ability to be as they are. I know people will tell me”But, its tradition, or what people are used to”. Just because something is tradition, does not make it moral, or right. Slavery was,  and is to some still a tradition, but it is clearly immoral. We are enslaving animals. We materialize living souls, slaughter them, then package their dead bodies and put them on shelves to be bought. There are over seven billion people on this planet, currently. Nine billion animals are slaughtered in both the meat and dairy industry each year. Let that sink in. It gives my body chills to think that all these animals can  be mass produced, and then wiped out without anyone blinking an eye, without anyone noticing. For whatever reason humans like to feel superior, they crave power, and whenever possible, exert it over another. In this world, money is  power, so getting rid of these industries, would take a widespread awakening. It would also require a whole lot of, uh oh, change. I know, scary, right? Change is difficult. Getting rid of these industries would also take away jobs and would kill a large money making industry. It’s big business, that is why their isn’t an abundance of knowledge of the effects these products have on your health. Another thing, people would have to change their eating habits, and although we don’t like to admit it, we get addicted to certain foods to the point where we crave them.

“Plants have feelings too. If we are going to kill them, we might as well kill animals too.”

No. No, they don’t. Plants don’t even possess nervous systems to feel pain, and they also don’t have brains. Humans eating plants benefits our ecosystems and actually spreads plant growth through germination. Destroying tons of extra land to grow crops for animal agriculture does not.

Here is another video. This documentary does not sugar coat. It can be graphic. Naturally, it is quite disturbing. It will take away the ability to ignore the truth, and the truth that you see you won’t be able to forget. It is a harsh reality check. I am not asking you to watch this to torture yourself. You obviously don’t have to watch it, and the only reason people chose to watch it, is to become self aware and educated of the cruelty. It reassures you of your  decision to become vegan and serves as a reminder. It is also motivating and drives you to spread love and end suffering. Often where motivation is lacking, is where ignorance remains.

Documentary: Earthlings