Do you dream of a vegan world? A place where all sentient beings can live in peace, love and freedom?
I know I certainly do, and I believe that, together, we can make this dream a reality. That idea might sound crazy, but before you dismiss it completely, consider these words from Gary Smith of Evolutus PR :
150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery. 100 years ago, they would have laughed at you for suggesting that women should have the right to vote. 50 years ago, they would object to the idea of African Americans receiving equal rights under the law. 25 years ago they would have called you a pervert if you advocated for gay rights. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended. Some day they won't be laughing.”
Co-founder, Evolutus PR
A vegan world doesn’t sound quite so crazy anymore, does it?
Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s at this time of year that we hear lots of talk about “peace on earth”.
Of course, that line is usually followed by the phrase “goodwill toward men”, but that’s not all that’s required to create a peaceful world.
We humans will never know peace ourselves until we stop inflicting needless violence on billions of our fellow earthlings.
This is not a new idea. Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, said in the 6th century BC that:
For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Greek philosopher and mathematician
Or to put it in more modern language, singer-songwriter Vegan Smythe says “world peace begins in the kitchen”.
And so, as we begin a new year in 2017, I’m GOING ALL IN in and doing everything I can to bring peace to kitchens all across the world.
Up until now, The Nomadic Vegan has been a side project. Something I did in my spare time while holding down a “real job”.
But that’s all about to change.
The Nomadic Vegan will be much more than just a vegan travel blog. With your help, together we can use this platform to create a global movement of peace and compassion for all. Are you with me?
Beginning on 1 January 2017, I am quitting my day job and devoting all my time to spreading the vegan message of peace for all beings across the globe.
How, you ask?
Well, for one, The Nomadic Vegan will finally be (semi)nomadic. Nick and I will be setting up a new home base in Lisbon, Portugal, but we plan to spend the majority of our time on the road.
You may be familiar with our tagline here at The Nomadic Vegan:
Be vegan anywhere. Spread compassion everywhere.
Thus far, my work has focused mostly on the first part of that mission. I’ve been highlighting the naturally vegan dishes of world cuisines and showing my readers that it’s really not that hard to travel as a vegan, and that in most places it’s an absolute joy.
In 2017, I will continue that work, not only on the blog but also through books and online courses.
But I’ll also be focusing more on “spreading compassion everywhere” by incorporating vegan education, outreach and activism into my travels.
This could take many different forms, such as hosting film screenings, encouraging menu changes at restaurants, or supporting and connecting fledgling vegan communities in isolated areas.
Rachel Carson once said:
We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.”
And while that’s true, thankfully the vast majority of people DON’T find delight in killing. In fact, many of us can’t stomach the thought of actually killing an animal ourselves.
We support exploitation and killing only because it’s part of our cultural norm. But cultural norms can change, and do change, and will continue to change (see quote from Gary Smith above).
Throughout history, we humans have been gradually learning to accept and respect those who seem different from us at first glance, whether that's because of their race, their gender, their sexual orientation, or their species.
There have been setbacks, of course. But when you look at the long game, we are moving steadily towards a future where social justice is a reality for everyone.
By making a push in the right direction, we really can change the game and make the world a better place.
I’ve got lots of ideas about how to do that, and there will be some trial and error while, together, we figure out what’s most effective.
But while there’s plenty of uncertainty about the future ahead, one thing’s for sure – we’ve got to do something.
Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, once said:
Don't wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of harmony and peace. It is up to you, and it always has been.”
Co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method
Of course, I’m just one person, and I can’t create a vegan world all by myself. But together, we are strong. Together, you and I can spread the vegan message to every corner of the globe.
Do you share my vision of spreading peace and compassion for all beings?
If so, I invite you to join the Nomadic Vegan Community on Patreon. I’ve created a space there where we can brainstorm, share ideas, and encourage each other on this journey as we manifest a vegan world.
Or if you prefer to just lend your financial support to our efforts, you can do that there too. You’ll even get some cool rewards in appreciation of your support.
I will be eternally grateful for whatever you can do, big or small. And so will the animals.
Let’s make 2017 a great year for them.