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From: Keith (
Subject: Hi, Mylène. Long time no see!
Date: March 4, 2005 at 6:28 pm PST

In Reply to: Where do your spiritual / religious beliefs and veg*nism mesh? posted by Mylène on March 4, 2005 at 3:31 pm:

Good to see you again!

You probably already know about my beliefs, but, for the record, I have always had a feeling of connection and empathy for animals, ever since I was in elementary school. When I learned about Buddhism and found that it fully supported by beliefs about animals, it was a natural fit. Then, the ethics of Buddhism became the motivation for me to go first vegetarian and then vegan.

In Buddhism, animals are held to be no different from us humans. The commonly-held belief that we don't eat them because "they were once human" is a misconception. It would imply that the human state is somehow more worthy than animals. In fact, we believe that animals are just like us, distinguished only by karma - good fortune, if you will.

In terms of ethics, this means that we should treat them as we would wish to be treated. (The Golden Rule is valued in many religions.) Since we do not wish to be eaten, it follows that we should not eat them.


In other news, I can't remember when you last dropped in, so forgive me if you already know this: I am married now. What is new, though, is that my wife and I are moving to one of the Gulf Islands off the B.C. coast. We just signed the final real estate papers today, and we are moving April 1st.

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