by Laura Callas, Lake Worth, Florida, USA
I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just.
I ventured into a slightly less foggy life, for my health, that is. No meat, chicken or pork. So much better I thought. For my health, yes, for me, myself and I. I was in that semi smoggy life for a very, very long time. Yes, I was eating right for me. I loved my animal friends, and thought I was doing good. Oh, how lost I still very much was. Then one day I started to ponder, what if this wasn’t enough? Was there more?
That day finally came, the haze had cleared. The sun shone down, and I could really see, crisp and clear. Oh how lost I had been, all these years. I had heard a speech, and that’s all it took. It made all the sense in the world to me.
With the fog gone, I could see that I had been thinking only of me. Now, my heart, along with my eyes, has been opened. I see and feel the empathy, compassion, and the way to make life truly just. No harm, to ANY living being, will I be ever part of, that’s a must.
Once you’ve seen, and felt the truth, you can never go back. My heart bleeds for the innocent lives that are lost every day. I must do my part, day after day, to help clear the fog from those that surround me. So happy they will be, so many more lives to save.
Special thanks to Butterflies Katz for publishing this as one of 100+ entries in her short essay contest and eBook: Why I Will Always be Vegan.
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