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1094. Time to get back to the task of writing.  I have been off my game lately.  I have to reset the 77 with 2 goals only.  3,000 words per day.  Destroy diabetes by eating real food only.  Easy on the dense carbs.  I hate salads but will eat them if it leads to the end of diabetes.

1095. “Abolitionism or abolitionist veganism is the animal rights based opposition to all animal use by humans. Abolitionism maintains that all sentient beings, humans or nonhumans, share a basic right: the right not to be treated as the property of others.[1][2] Abolitionist vegans emphasise that animal products require treating animals as property or resources and that animal products are not necessary for human health in modern societies.[3][4] Abolitionists believe that everyone who can live vegan is therefore morally obligated to be vegan.”

~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionism_(animal_rights)

1096. If you love animals, then a vegan lifestyle should come naturally.  How can you eat the beings you love?  To love some animals like dogs and cats, but eating others like cows, chickens, and pigs, is a form of speciesism.

About 99% of the people on the planet no longer need meat to survive.  We eat animals to satisfy our taste buds.  When you go vegan and decide not to kill animals to satisfy your appetite, you start to feel a little superior.  I started to fight and beat diabetes, but to continue past diet alone, you have to develop a moral conscious.

Harm comes to animals in many forms.  Do you still buy leather shoes, belts, or bags?  Where do those items come from?  Cows maybe.  Even alligators and ostriches.  

Some people try to transition to veganism.  I did not.  My personality is more addictive in nature.  I have to go all in, or it won't work for me.  In the case of veganism, I don't think middle ground helps.  You won't buy fur but you eat burgers?  Big deal.  You are still killing animals.  You want grass fed beef and humanely treated cows?  Great.  They are still slaughtered before their time.  Some radical vegans will not wear wool or silk or eat honey.  Put me in that camp.

1097. Eating dead animals is a recipe for increasing your chances of contracting heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and even impotence.  Nutrients are in the plants. Animals eat them.  Any nutrition any animal gets begin in plants.

Do you really want to consume sick animal flesh?  In today's world, we have no idea if the meat we consume comes for sick or healthy animals.  Animal agriculture is good at hiding problems from the consumer.  And that doesn't take into account problems like E. Coli, trichinosis, and salmonella.

Our society and culture hide the process of killing and slaughtering animals for food.  We no longer live on the farm and see this process up close.  Except for hunters who skin and share the kill, we do not see the ugly process at work.  Ask children where meat comes from, and they will most likely say the grocery store.  Animals today spend their short, miserable lives in horrible conditions, suffering abuse, and then painful deaths.  Knowing the truth makes veganism easier, and maybe even a lifelong way of living.

1098. Gary Francione is the leading spokesperson for animals.  As a professor of law and philosophy, he rebutts the the notions of animals as property, and shoots down the proponents of animal welfare as making consumption of animals acceptable if the animals are “humanely” slaughtered.

The exploitation of nonhuman animals is pervasive in our culture.  We treat animals as property, and we can kill them with impunity.  Violence against people is roundly condemned, but killing animals is acceptable if done in a “humane” way.

By removing ourselves from the production of animal products, we leave it to animal agriculture to satisfy our demand for meat.  These exploiters are fulfilling our demand.  It's similar to drug smugglers and dealers who supply opioids to the masses.  We vilify drug dealers who exploit our human weaknesses, but not those who supply our meat, eggs, and poultry.

The moral answer is not to regulate or improve animal exploitation, but to abolish it.  Violence against nonhuman animals is just wrong.  Many call for a revolution on a macro scale.  While I would love to see that happen, I believe we must start one individual at a time.  A silent revolution.

Start with your own veganism.  No one but you controls what you put into your mouth.  Extend that curtesy to not wearing or otherwise using animals, not even for work or entertainment.  Make your life a fundamental and non-negotiable commitment to nonviolence.  Make your life an example to educate friends and family without preaching.

To this end, animal charities are part of the problem, not the solution.  Large animal groups are businesses who con money from the public to make people feel better.  They work for larger cages for hens, or bigger pens for pigs and cows.  Maybe the animals need a more humane slaughter process.  All of this is designed to help people feel better about animal consumption.  If you make a donation, these groups promise to minimize animal suffering and eliminate extreme animal abuse.

1099. I remember an old All in the Family episode where Gloria complains to Archie about people being killed by handguns.  Archie asks, "Would you prefer they be pushed out of windows?"  Dying is dying.

https://youtu.be/GzFWRPiNXOI

1100. We need to rethink the way we think about violence toward nonhumans.  You cannot achieve no exploitation by promoting "humane" exploitation.  Many propose a grassroots political movement to promote veganism, but I don't think that can work.  We can only control ourselves and teach by example.

At the core of the abolitionist movement is the idea that the main moral issue is not the treatment of animals but the use at all.  Reducing harm does not address the fundamental issues.  Animals as property become mere resources for humans.

If you promote welfare reform or single issue campaigns (remember "Save the Whales" - or a funnier slogan, "Nuke the Whales"), you are not an abolitionist.  Anyone who cares morally about animals is obligated to go all in today - not gradually.  Animal use is immoral and unjust.  By going vegan, you can do something today to end the violence against animals.  Veganism is the only morally acceptable position, and anything short of that is participation in animal exploitation.

1101. I have been working to improve my health by going vegan and fighting diabetes, but I also have to work to earn money with Walkabout Solopreneur.  It’s the only way I can escape this hell.

1102. Abolitionists believe that all sentient beings, human or nonhuman, have a basic right not to be treated as property.  Anything less is a form of slavery.  Animals regarded as things have no moral value, only economic.  

If you recognize this basic right, then we must abolish - not regulate - institutional animal exploitation and animal agriculture.  Humane slaughtering is a fiction designed to mask the horror of death.

Both welfare campaigns and single-issue campaigns, in reality, promote animal exploitation by joining alleged animal advocates and institutional animal exploiters.

Veganism is the moral base for animal rights.

1103. For abolitionists, there is veganism and there is animal exploitation.  There is no middle ground.  If animals have moral value, and only you can decide if they do, veganism is the only rational answer.  Moral beings cannot be treated as commodities to eat, wear, or use.  Veganism is a fundamental matter of justice.

Promoting veganism does not require large charities or leaders.  It is something each individual can and must do.  If enough come over, a grassroots movement may emerge, but I'm not waiting for that to happen.

All sentient beings deserve the right to life without being used as property or as a resource for humans.  Sentience is subjective awareness.  sentient beings have wants and desires.  They can differ from humans.

Abolitionists reject speciesism as well as all forms of human discrimination.

Discrimination such as racism and sexism use morally irrelevant criteria to devalue the interests of others.

1104. Abolitionists embrace the principle of nonviolence.

Nonviolence toward animals is an extension of the peace movement.  Violence is regarded as normal in our culture.  At a social level, you can engage in nonviolent vegan education.

Animals are considered as property and used as resources for humans.  They have no moral value to the masses.  

But speciesism is alive and well.  Michael Vick graduated from my high school in Newport News, Virginia.  Dog fighting made him a villian in the eyes of the world, cost him millions of dollars, and sent him to jail.  We rail against dog fighting, but kill millions of other animals every day.  Is he worse than a meat eater?  I don't know.  To a true vegan, both are animal exploiters.

Our human communities recognize that all humans must be accorded a basic human right not to be property.  While it still exists around the world, slavery is condemned by all decent societies.  Animals, if not accorded the same respect, are things.  All animal use is morally unjustified.

1105. As part of my revised 77, I will eat only plant based unprocessed foods for all 77 days.  No added sugar.  No added fats.  Easy on complex carbs.  I will eliminate diabetes from my system.  I am looking forward to A1C levels at the next appointment.

1106. https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/03/jrg-guido-hlsmann/bastiats-legacy-in-economics/

The interests of all members of society are harmonious as long as they respect each other’s property, deriving from self-ownership, because cooperative production is more physically productive than individual production.5 Each member of society can profit from a well-ordered division of labor, and there is nothing in the market that would make such a division of labor from the outset impossible.

1107. https://www.yang2020.com/policies/

1108. We have some doubts about whether certain animals are sentient.  Insects come to mind.  Do we know if they experience pain and suffering?  Radical vegans will not wear silk as well as fur or wool.  In Korea, children loved snacking on silkworm larvae.  Also, it's hard to imagine sentience for mollusks like oysters and clams.  Maybe.  We use oysters by seeding to create pearls.

I don't think we can doubt that animals we routinely consume - cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, fish, lobsters, goats, among others - are sentient.  

My nephew once brought a pet pig into the house.  He was an alleged mini pig, and he in fact, did not get too big.  Named him Vittles.  Pigs are every bit as smart as cats and dogs.  The only difference is taste.  They feel pain, and interact with humans in ways more profound than bacon.

1109. If animals are property, they are always subject to having their natural interests ignored.  Humans will protect those interests only when there is an economic incentive to do so.

Pet owners usually treat their animals very well.  They live alongside humans and live better than in the wild.  No matter if your dog fetches your proverbial slippers, Fido is still your property.

About 6 months ago, a neighborhood cat adopted me.  She was seen roaming the neighborhood along with what looked like her mother.  Both were black cats with bright green eyes.  Eventually the little one would accept some attention and food.  She was skinny beyond belief.  I took her down to a no kill vet clinic to be spayed, and it turned out that she already had been.  She had a chip, so someone had spent money on her.  I posted my information for the owner to get in touch with me and retrieve his cat, but it never happened.  I had her given rabies shots and had her dewormed, but her owner remains a mystery.

Keeping animals as pets goes against veganism.  Pets are owned.  Her owner must have turned her loose as well as what looked like her mother.  I can see taking care of strays, and I have no beef with animal rescue charities like for old circus animals.  There is just no room for buying pet dogs from stores that get them from awful puppy mills.

1110. If we provide our animals with basic food, water, and shelter, we can treat them as we please without fear of being cited by animal control.  Michael Vick excepted.  Even when that case broke, I was in Newport News burying my father. The local news had many reports that didn't make the national news.  He took the heat as a celebrity athlete, but his useless relatives threw him under the bus.  

Vick's abuse of pit bulls is not unique.  I'm not sure how much more abusive it is than junkyard dogs left out in the elements and taught to be aggressive to strange humans.  Fighting dogs are dog aggressive, but generally okay with humans.

In South Florida, greyhounds are raced and worked for a few years until they can no longer compete.  Humans pamper the greyhounds during their racing careers, much like any elite athletes.  Greyhound rescue agencies exist to get the retired dogs adopted, and many are.  But many more are gassed and thrown into dumpsters like garbage.  

Pitbulls and greyhounds and guard dogs are property, and we can work them and fight them and race them as we wish.  With impunity.

1111. As for animals, we get to decide every aspect of their lives, including whether they live or die.  The black cat that adopted me was likely turned out by an owner who moved and did not even have the decency to find the girl a home.  She is a sweet cat, and now somewhat street smart.

We have a legal right to dump our pets at a shelter, and people won't even do that.  We even have a right to have a veterinarian kill and cremate our animals, as long as we have it done "humanely".

Animals have intrinsic interests in not suffering and in not being killed.  If we are to give animals one right, it would be the right not to be chattel.  We have no go reason to treat nonhuman animals differently.

Many people treat animals differently due to less sophistated intelligence.  We can use language, and write and share ideas.  We can even build cars and houses and airplanes making us the natural higher form of life, and the natural rulers of the universe.

1112. We do the valuing and determine the relative worth of animals, human and nonhuman. We can do math and build weapons, while birds can soar in flight while others can hear and smell things no human ever could.  

We deal in abstract ideas and assign a greater moral value to human intellect than to nonhuman abilities.

Abolitionists contend that just as recognizing the moral value of humans requires the abolition of slavery, recognizing the moral value of nonhuman animals requires that we abolish the institutional exploitation of animals.

We are morally obligated to cease treating animals as property and commodities.

We don't have to treat humans and animals the same.  After all, we don't treat humans the same.  Not all humans can be trusted to drive a car or to perform Abrain surgery.

1113. Minimalist Power

I am an advocate of the power of not owning things.  We build our prisons by desiring stuff.  Cars.  Houses.  Fancy clothes.  Backyard pools.  Motorcycles.  Campers.  Even rich fatty sugary foods that make us obese.

The ultimate minimalist was Mohandas K. Gandhi.  At the time of his death, he supposedly owned 12 items.

I am happiest when all of my belonging fit in a 33 liter backpack.  Whenever I stay too long in one spot, things accumulate.  We can’t help it.  It’s the old ant and the grasshopper syndrome.  Work like a dog and save for a rainy day or you’ll starve in winter.

I’ve never gotten it down to twelve items, but I strive for under 100.

Gandhi’s attitude toward material things is straight out of Buddha:

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” ~Gandhi

No attachments.

It’s funny that both Gandhi and Buddha were born into wealthy families.  I guess you if you can have all the possessions you want, you understand how little they really contribute to happiness.  Reminds me of why the Kennedys were liberal democrats, at least by the standards of the day.

1.  Accumulate Only What You Need

Gandhi believed in possessing little except the clothes he wore and some utensils for cooking and eating. He gave away or auctioned gifts that were given to him.

It may not be possible these days for us to get down to less than ten possessions like Gandhi did, but start cutting down to bare basics. Recycle or give unwanted or unused items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or a local women’s shelter.

“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.”

Read more: http://www.keepinspiring.me/bruce-lee-quotes/#ixzz5RDVFctob

No one said it better than Bruce Lee.

2. Eat A Plant-Based Diet

While I recommend eating a low fat, plant-based vegan diet, you may not have to go that far.  I eat vegan to fight diabetes.

Gandhi followed a strict vegetarian diet and cooked his own simple food, which was locally produced.  He ate this simple food from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately, and mindfully.

So eat simply and moderately.  And vegan.

3. Dress Simply

This can sometimes be difficult given your ego.

If I need to go to downtown Jacksonville, I take the bus even if a car is available.  I don’t like parking down there, and I don’t trust bad things not to happen.

I do dress simply.  Trouble is, I look like the Unabomber, or at least, most of the homeless guys on the street.

You can simplify your life by dressing for comfort, not to impress.

4. Lead A Simple Life

Getting rid of useless stuff, whether physical items or relationships, simplifies a life and reduces stress.

Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection.  Most of us would be lucky to get in 10 or 20 minutes of meditation.  I personally prefer walking meditation which combines some gentle exercise with ho’oponopono.

At the root of a simple life is doing everything for yourself that you can.  Simple work.  Self-sufficiency.

So don’t take life too seriously.  Remember to take time out to play.

5. Your Life Legacy

Even though I enjoy writing, we have to let our life be our legacy.  By living a simple life, you are able to devote your life to a chosen higher purpose.  

For example, by living a vegan lifestyle, you do not participate in the killing of other animals on the planet, pollution and greenhouse gases from animal agriculture are reduced, and you live a healthier life.

I don’t have to tell anyone what I’m doing unless I’m ordering lunch at a restaurant.  I don’t have to convert anyone or change the planet.  I just contribute by deciding with each bite not to contribute to animal suffering.

As a note on Gandhi, his eyeglasses and pocket watch and some other possessions sold at auction in 2009 for $1.8 million.

The auction of items once owned by Mohandas K. Gandhi, including a pocket watch and spectacles, touched off outrage in India.  Even after his death, governments and some other people believe they have a right to your stuff.  

No one can take his legacy.