To the editor:

Peace on Earth starts when the killing stops.

In my last letter about veganism, I talked about carnism. In this letter I'm going to answer a specific question I received from a reader related to that belief system. The question is, ''What is your hope for the future of humanity — will the future be vegan? My answer, "I really hope so.''

Here's why:

Leo Tolstoy, a 19th century Russian writer, famous for writing "War and Peace" said, ''As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will always be battlefields.'' What did he mean exactly?

First, his quote is a very pithy rewording of the teaching by Pythagoras.

"As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."

Hence, my number one concern for the future of humanity. For our posterity to find peace, and enjoy a thriving, world civilization, including a healthy planet, peace must be practiced through the non-violent ideology of veganism — the direct opposite of the carnism, which 98 per cent of humanity now embraces.

Peace of Earth starts when the killing stops.

For much more on the ideology of veganism, simply Google: the village vegan, Michael Corthell.

Michael Corthell, The Village Vegan

Bridgton, Maine

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(4) comments

RetVet

So what do we do when the world is overrun by all of the cows, pigs, and chickens?

And how or what do we do to replace the essential nutrients that come from consuming meat protein?

Do we use insecticides to protect all of the plants that it will take to feed the planet? That would be tantamount to "killing" too, as well as poisoning the environment. How do feel about genetically altered crops?

If plants are "living things", why are they not given the same largess as animals?

Anyway, with all the very real and serious issues confronting us today, I think we pretty much have our hands full with things to get morally outraged over.

I think I'll be "back burnering" the vegan thing for a long while...

DavefromConway

The village vegan is a fool. As a Carnist? I don't see the eating of animals, whom G_d gave us to use, as anything wrong. Animals are not in any way equivalent to people. Except of course, they taste much better.

Sage

Whom God gave us to use? Did God call you directly to give you this information Dave? I wasn’t aware that a “DavefromConway” knows exactly what God wants from us. Did God also tell you to add that little jab at the end just in case we didn’t know how much you love stuffing your body full of animal parts? Furthermore I doubt God would believe any of his creations to be superior to another.

Thaddeus

So, any logical connection between slaughtering animals and conflict between humans? Or are you just regurgitating quotes you found on Google?

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