The Diet Revolution – John Robbins

6 Jan

I have been checking out the book The Diet Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins which is now on my library hold list.

The following is an excerpt from the author’s introduction which really spoke to me.  This basically sums up, in a way that I never could, what I have been feeling and experiencing about myself and my capacity for compassion since deciding to become a vegetarian/vegan.

“There is still strong in our society the belief that animals and the natural world have value only insofar as they can be converted into revenue. That nature is a commodity.  And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.

There are many of us, on the other hand, who believe that animals and the natural world have value by virtue of being alive.

I believe there is within every human being a desire to make choices that help create a healthier future for ourselves, for our children and for our beleaguered planet and all the life it holds.  The desire may be buried, it may be twisted, bent and broken, it may seem all but destroyed, but it still remains, driving each of us even if from afar, hungering for an opportunity to be seen and heard and felt.

Judging by what appears in the mass media, it would be easy to think that people are only interested in the most shallow and trivial of concerns, that all we want is to eat our burgers, that we couldn’t care less about how our food is produced and what the consequences will be to our health and to the wider Earth community.  But that’s a grievous lie, and it dishonors who we are. The truth is, most people care about world hunger, they are deeply concerned about global warming, they abhor cruelty to animals, they know the planet is in crisis, they sense much of the food we eat in this society is unhealthy, they are all alarmed about the uncertainties of genetic engineering, and they are looking for ways to express their caring and concern.

I don’t care whether you call yourself a vegetarian, a vegan or an asparagus. I care whether you live in accord with your values, whether your life has integrity and purpose, whether you act with compassion for yourself and for all of life.

I don’t care whether your diet is politically correct. I care whether your food choices are consistent with your love. I care whether they bring you health, uphold your spirit, and help you fulfill your true nature and  reason for being alive.

The truth, it has been said countless times, will set you free.  But first it will make you confront habits of behavior and thought that might be limiting to you, so that you might attain the awareness to use your freedom for the benefit of your greater self and all of life.”

 

I also love John’s story about how he was raised, as the son of a co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, to follow in his father’s typical consumerist conquest for more financial success and yet he left all that behind to live in a one room cabin on an Island and eventually become a vegan activist!  So inspiring to know that there are people who can turn their back on greed and consumption even when it stares them in the face 24/7.

For more information and to read the entire introduction please visit Amazon…http://www.amazon.com/Food-Revolution-Your-Diet-World/dp/1573244872/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1294343331&sr=8-3

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