Review by Angel Flinn
“We are not predatory by nature, but we’ve been taught that we are, in the most potent way possible: we’ve been raised from birth to eat like predators. We’ve thus been initiated into a predatory culture and been forced to see ourselves at the deepest levels as predators. Farming animals is simply a refined and perverse form of predation in which the animals are confined before being attacked and killed. It doesn’t stop with animals, however. As we all know in our bones, there is a predatory quality to our economic system, and competition underlies all our institutions. We prey upon each other.”
~ from The World Peace Diet, by Dr. Will Tuttle, award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician
As someone who takes my commitment to veganism as seriously as I take anything else in my life, reading Will Tuttle’s book felt like finding a powerful ally in the quest for a peaceful future. I have never before read a book that addresses our relationship with other animals as deeply and profoundly as does The World Peace Diet.
The bold and insightful statements in Tuttle’s book cut right to the core of our most serious cultural problems, powerfully addressing our society’s need to rise above the predatory paradigm and into a new age of nonviolence.
“Our inherited meal traditions require a mentality of violence and denial that silently radiates into every aspect of our private and public lives, permeating our institutions and generating the crises, dilemmas, inequities, and suffering that we seek in vain to understand and effectively address.”
Despite humanity’s constant yearning for harmony, with each other and with the rest of the natural world, the overwhelming majority of people remain unwilling to acknowledge the part they themselves can play in the transformation of our culture into one that takes the idea of peace seriously.
“From the outside, it may look like and be called ‘veganism,’ but it is simply awareness and the expression of our sense of interconnectedness. It manifests naturally as inclusiveness and caring. It’s no big deal, for it’s the normal functioning of our original nature, which unfailingly sees beings rather than things when it looks at our neighbors on this earth.”
In a time when violence, both personal and planetary, is reaching pandemic proportions, The World Peace Diet is a book whose importance can not be overstated. For those who want to truly understand the profound connection between our food and our mentality, the importance of veganism as a personal commitment to the principle of nonviolence can not be overlooked.