Dharmist in Progress

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~ Einstein

Mortality

The deer on the side of the road two nights ago.

 

Surrounded by other deer.

 

Looking at it.  Pacing.

 

Like they didn’t understand why it wouldn’t get up.

 

The tears running down my face.  That’s why I’m a vegetarian.

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Aren’t You Worried About Protein?

I am so tired of this question.  For reals.

If my parents and friends seriously think that I need to eat nothing but pizza and macaroni so that I get enough protein, I really think they need to rethink that.

Here‘s a great article from one of my very favorite websites, Herbivoracious.

An exerpt:

I think on some level this question is symptomatic of the larger issue of nutritionism – the idea that we need to have a scientific understanding of every calorie, every gram of fat, carbohydrate and protein, mineral and vitamin that goes into our body. I’m not saying there is no value in a basic understanding of what science and medicine have learned about food. But hominids have managed to eat just fine for millions of years by paying attention to what their bodies wanted. There probably isn’t a need to make it much more complicated than that, except to avoid eating too much junk food that has been engineered to trick and subvert your body’s basic sense of what is good to eat. You don’t have to have lived many decades to notice that nutritional advice changes constantly anyhow.

So, allow the vegetarians in your life to eat what they want.  Unless, of course, that’s solely macaroni and pizza.

 

Namaste.

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Finding my Path?

Okay, so I know it’s pretty hit or miss how many or few of you are actually Hindu.

But, in case anyone who reads this does tread this path, I need help.

I’ve lost my way.

I’m still a vegetarian, and more and more a pacifist, but that’s it.

I’m not meditating or reading, or anything else.  I know that basically the entire point is that I make my own path, but I could really use a map or a street sign.

I’ve wandered off into the hardships of a full time job and everyday stress, and lost my spiritual way.

Any advice?

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Pastafarianism

Okay, so this post doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

I just something on Reddit mentioning that you can’t be a vegetarian by eating pasta alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I eat other things, but pasta really is my go-to.

Honestly, it’s pretty much the easiest thing to eat when someone else is cooking or I’m going out for dinner.

Ho hum.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

A few days ago, I had a very long and drawn out argument.  I tend to avoid such things, because they stress me out, but I really could not let this one go.

It was, essentially, about whether or not vegetarians should act respectfully toward meat-eaters.

No matter how much I think of sweet little piggies and cows being slaughtered, it’s still against my nature and my beliefs to treat someone differently due to their lifestyle choices.

This person argued that it isn’t a lifestyle choice when death is involved.

I don’t know the point in human development when an omnivorous diet was introduced.  I’m assuming there was some sort of scavenging period before we became hunter-gatherers, and then meat consumption on a larger scale began when we domesticated animals. Fast forward to the settlement of America, and you have people with cows and not much else.

It absolutely makes sense to me how people began eating meat.  It was necessity.  But it has gotten rather out of hand.  I’m sure nearly anyone can admit that meat at every meal is excessive.

Anyway, I digress.

My cats eat meat.  Not only do they eat meat; they tend to run off and kill adorable furry things.  I don’t blame my cats.  It’s in their instincts, and it’s how their mothers raised them.  And so, if I don’t blame my cats for killing adorable furry things because they grew up that way, how can I blame my human family in the same situation?

Some would argue that they know better, and have an overwhelming amount of information against them.  That same argument has been used countless times in the history of the world (see: slavery, segregation, trickle-down economics).  Basically, people aren’t going to change until they’re quite ready to do so.

I am firmly against degrading people for their choices.  If you believe in the kind treatment of animals, you should believe in the kind treatment of humans.  Simple as that.

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Gandhi.

Kill them with kindness, ladies and gentlemen.  The more you push your opinions, the more people will rebel like teenage girls with blue hair and tongue piercings.  Lead by example, without looking back, and hope that others follow.

Namaste.

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Hello Stranger

Wow, so I’ve been gone awhile, huh?

When I first quit posting, in June, it was because I had a new job that was physically and emotionally draining, to the point that I just came home and collapsed every day.

After that, in August, I got a fantastic job at a Child Development Center, but was so caught up in wedding planning that I still didn’t come back to my blog, or really proceed any further into my exploration of Hinduism.

Now that the wedding is behind me, I hope to get the blog kicked back into full gear.  By that I mean several posts a week. I hope you can handle it 😉

While I was gone, I got featured on Project Conversion: Guest Post from Bethany Whisenant on Tolerance, and Becoming a New Student of the Eternal Dharma!

Also, I have managed to remain a vegetarian all this time!  It honestly wasn’t difficult, because meat repulses me now, but it did cause some frustration on my honeymoon in New Orleans 🙂

I look forward to sharing my progress with everyone again!

Namaste.

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