A better way Forward
Veganism in its truest form is not the most practical way of life with our current level of technological and social progress. Our society is built around using animals for our means. To allow every sentient beings the same rights we reserve for ourselves is not possible overnight, but if we recognize that sentient beings should not be enslaved or killed for arbitrary reason, then we have already taken the first step in correcting our dichotomies.
Killing is wrong. To take a life for no reason other than to consume, when there are plenty of non-sentient sources available, is deplorable. We have already reached the technological advancement needed to synthesize many of our needs from other sources. As more people lean away from our current habits and start incorporating better alternatives, the pace of advancement will increase to make these alternatives cheaper and more widely available.
Our habits are failing us, failing the planet, and are not consistent with our highest ideals. Our subjugation, enslavement, and slaughter of other sentient beings does not reflect well on us. Fundamentally, most of us are inherently good and like to live according to the golden rule. The sooner we become more mindful of our actions, the quicker we will recognize that there are better ways of doing things. and the faster things will improve for all concerned.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy