ethics

Gentle World: A Brief History

March 5, 2015 ethics
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When Light and I became vegan in February of 1970, there was one reason and one reason only. It wasn’t because of its health benefits, which were unknown at the time, as was its positive effect on the environment. If factory farms existed, we hadn’t heard of them. Animal rights was not yet an issue, […]

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Taking Our Ethical Commitments Seriously

March 3, 2015 ethics
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We often presume, without much thought, that we deserve the circumstances of our lives. But let’s consider this presumption. We didn’t choose to be born. We didn’t choose our parents, race, sex, mental capacity, era in history, or our species. All of these are matters of pure luck, and yet largely define our lifelong experience […]

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The Power is Ours

January 4, 2015 ethics
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As we ring out the old, tumultuous year that was 2014, it is tempting to bemoan the current state of the world, and the potential disasters we face at the hands of the powers that seem to be. But the promise of change that comes with ringing in the new demands that we put those thoughts aside, and focus instead on whatever reasons we can find to inspire our hope that somehow, 2015 will bring the changes we so desperately need.

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The Magic Rabbit

December 1, 2014 ethics
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Yesterday, while staying in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, I visited an historic house constructed in the 1800s. The ‘Colonial Cottage’ had housed children and grandchildren of the original settlers who built it, until it was bequeathed to the city in the 1960s. As we came down a set of narrow steps and through an old wooden door, […]

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A Better World for Us All

December 1, 2014 ethics
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It’s been nearly 14 years since I had my vegan epiphany and vowed to never again partake of or participate in anything offered by the machine of violence that we call the animal industry. Since that time, my appreciation of veganism has continued to grow and deepen, until it has become such an integral part of […]

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Plants Feel Pain Too? What’s a Vegan To Do?

December 1, 2014 ethics
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The following article is part of a Q&A with Dr. Will Tuttle, and originally appeared on his website. … Question: I had a chance to attend one of your recent lectures and left inspired to spread awareness about veganism, and began posting messages on my FaceBook page. A lengthy exchange of views followed in which an acquaintance […]

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A Vegan Guide to Thanksgiving

November 1, 2014 ethics
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As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. While the rest of the country looks forward in eager anticipation to a day of feast and celebration, we vegans tend to be seen as a thorn in the side of the collective consciousness. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending […]

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

October 31, 2014 ethics
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We’re excited to announce that Gentle World will be hosting a free screening of Cowspiracy, on Sunday November 16th at our North Kohala Center on the Big Island, Hawaii.

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The Foundation of our Higher Selves

October 31, 2014 ethics
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In the heat of the summer of 1966, revolution was in the air. Black people were revolting against the injustice of whites, women against the domination of men, and young people everywhere were expanding their minds beyond the restrictive perceptions imposed upon them by their parents, teachers and governments. Like a hurricane, the winds of […]

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They Can Count On Me

September 30, 2014 ethics
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This is the first irrefutable truth I discovered in my life; that eating and using animals is, no matter how you look at it, an act of abject cruelty. When we eat or use animals, we are hiring the butcher or dairyman or furrier to kill or abuse the animal for us. We are, in […]

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