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On Change + "Kale" vs. "Cow"

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 in Theories, Vegan

Some people say things never change. I disagree. Things are changing all the time, everyday. The secret is that the change needs to start with you.

I hold Gandhi’s saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” close to my heart. I try to live it. I’ve changed a lot over the past couple of years. I continue to try to better myself to be the best person I can be. My foundation has always been a good one; as I am a sweetheart, so maybe I had a better starting point than most. Most people don’t really want to look at themselves and see who they truly are.

To look at yourself honestly, means looking at both the good and bad. No one is perfect. Most people like to believe things without fact or logic to back it up. I have never been able to blindly accept anything. I question things constantly. As a fortune cookie I got a couple of months ago said, “Change begins with discontent.”

The truth is that most people don’t want to change. They don’t see anything wrong with themselves. Or to admit to being flawed would also be admitting to being mortal. That is something that some people can’t face because they aren’t willing to or they are afraid. To really look at yourself objectively is to sometimes see things you may not like.

I didn’t like the realization that I was causing harm to lots of innocent animals by being a carnivore. I’m the type of person who can’t kill a bug because I believed all life is sacred. I had to accept the fact I was being a hypocrite. That my beliefs and practices didn’t match. I remember saying I could never be vegan about five years ago. Somehow, I changed along the way.

I think it’s a matter of figuring out what’s important to you and pursuing that. So many people are afraid to try to live their dream because of fear of failure or something fear of success. It takes courage and fearlessness to be what you want to be.

Sometimes, I still think I’m a monster because I live in a capitalistic society. That I participate in a system that oppresses the many but I am also fighting to try to change it. Most of my work has the end goal of profits from my endeavors to go to charities and causes I believe in. It’s almost impossible to be guilt free in this world and some people don’t even want to admit they are guilty.

I remember I got someone so upset when I pointed out that they’d rather spend their money on an ipod than feed the hungry. We’re all guilty of things like that in this society. They didn’t want to hear that they were a murderer – both by neglect and association. I don’t met many people who accept the blame that the first world creates the third world, or people willing to try to change it. I want to find the others who don’t lie to themselves about reality and are strong enough to take a stand to try to fix the corrupt system.


Onto a lighter subject, I was talking about wanting to try kale chips the other day. “Kale” and “cow” sound a lot alike. So, my dad and his wife thought the vegan was talking about wanting to eat “cow” chips – cow poop. Haha.

Bring on the comments

  1. Pythos says:

    I just received a mailing from Unicef, asking for a donation down to $25, up to $500.
    I thought on this. I would love to help people, I wish every one would donate a percentage of their income or net worth to the poor of the world.
    The two things working against my donating however are, 1) that unicef will receive my donation, and proceed to bombard me weekly with more donation requests, which make me feel like crud due to my inability to donate, not to mention throwing this mail away is a waste of paper, that was the result of some industrialized production that used up resorces and polluted the earth in one way or another.

    Another issue I have is this donation is for Darfur. I know the situation in Darfur is pretty damned awful, But I really really wish these places people donate to would spread the proceeds evenly to all troubled areas of the world, including the poor areas of the US.

    The letter is also from…The CEO of Unicef. I am sorry, I do not want one dime of my donation going into a CEO’s pocket, but then I am led to another problem. Unicef has employees, and these employees also need food, and a place to live that is safe, so some money needs to go to support the organization. But what percent goes to the people that really need it?

    In the end, I will most likely make the mininum donation, I just hope I don’t get bombarded, and my donation goes to those in need. It is gonna hurt me financially, but it just means one more week before I can get a CD I would like, or one more month before I can replace my worn out leggings. I can stand that.

  2. Pythos says:

    If you are wondering how this is related to the main topic, it is about making a change by helping others and postponing those things our culture deems necessary.
    It’s loose but it is there. 🙂

  3. tinako says:

    I’ve made kale chips a couple of times. They are good, and most people who have tried them liked them – some people surprised me.

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