“Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place. It means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.” ~ Melanie Joy
Veganism is not a religion. It is not a diet or even a ‘lifestyle.’ Being vegan is, simply put, living the very values you already convey — nothing more. For decades, probably like you, I let others dictate many choices for me. Once I learned how to think and act for myself, vegan is what I became.
One Square Inch of Silence is the book by Gordon Hempton I’m consuming at the moment. It is true what he says, that silence is an endangered species. The sound of people on the nearest road from me drown out everything else at all hours of the day and night. It never ceases.
Nature has her own sounds, her own words to speak, but we’ve somehow forgotten to listen. As we grow our population centers, fly in our airplanes over pristine spaces, build our roads to get to and from this place or that, and destroy more and more of their habitats to make way for more of ours, perhaps she might be trying to tell us something. Without the silence, we are unable to hear her message.
Krista Tippet of OnBeing.org interviewed him some weeks back which prompted me to read the book. Click on the link for the full interview, or listen to this excerpt from the Olympic National Forest in Washington, a place I’m hoping to visit sometime very soon!
Is there room for wild nature on a planet with seven billion people? There are many of us who say unequivocally, yes. If you missed the series A New Wild on the first pass on your PBS station, don’t worry. It can be watched entirely right there on your computer screen. Homes, Forests, Plains, Oceans and Water, whichever you like first, you’ll want to watch them all, breathtaking and thought-provoking every one.