Biologically we are all human. We are all a massive group of the same species yet we seem to forget that under our skin we are all the same color. Prejudice and racism has never made sense in my mind yet it is a reality. No one is feeling that reality today as much as the Muslim community. With all of the confusion and the biased messages that we receive over the events in France it is very difficult to know who the victim is. I saw a short article on The Washington Post about what Pope Francis had to say about the prejudice against Muslims and I found it very inspiring. His main point was that the best way to eliminate the prejudice and stop the violence between Christians and Muslims is by “learning about each other and accepting the differences.” Pope Francis then makes the point that this can only be achieved through open and patient interreligious dialogue. Its so simply put yet so insightful. I feel like prejudice comes from ignorance. If we could only understand the other perspective then we would be able to understand them on a human to human level.
Shout out to Alanah for the great title.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein
It is amazing to think that what you put in your mouth affects the entire planet. It is now common knowledge that we are killing our planet with the pollution that we produce. Many species of marine life as well as land dwelling creatures are becoming endangered due to rapid climate change caused by humans. One of the largest sources of pollution in the United States comes from the livestock industry. According to the LEAD initiative, livestock production accounts for 18 percent of global carbon dioxide and 37 percent of the even more harmful, methane gas. Not only that but LEAD also reported that more than two-thirds of all agricultural land is devoted to growing feed for livestock, while only 8 percent is used to grow food for direct human consumption. I’m not saying we should kill all the livestock (even though we technically are) I am just saying that if we stopped raising 10 billion animals every year just to be eaten, both the animals and the planet would be very thankful. There’s a common saying that if slaughterhouses were made of glass, everyone would be vegan. I definitely agree. Those poor animals go through terrible conditions that we would never even imagine putting our household pets through and we don’t even need to consume them to survive. If we could cut something out of our lives that we don’t need, that is actually bad for you, and would save our planet why wouldn’t you? Go green.
Recently I have been extremely interested by how humans live and eat. This opened my eyes to one of the largest threats to humanity, one that many people do not even realize exists, and it all depends on what you decide to put in your mouth three times a day. Heart disease is the number one killer in the world today. How can we expect to fight terrorists and make great discoveries that advance the human race when a majority of people are too busy recovering from bypass surgery? This summer I shadowed a cardiologist and followed a patient through his journey at the hospital. I was there when he was diagnosed with coronary artery disease, watched as his wife was told that her husband had to have bypass surgery. I witnessed the surgery and his recovery and nowhere throughout that entire process did anyone mention a change in diet, which was ultimately the cause. Approximately two months ago I was told to watch the documentary, Forks Over Knives, which would eventually guide me into a whole new world of nutrition, or lack there of. It led to a further fascination with the Western Diet and its negative effects on health and the planet. This film is eye opening and many big names like Sanjay Gupta, M.D. have said great things in regard to this film. Robert Ebert, from the Chicago Sun-Times, called this “a film that can save your life.” Not only can it save your life but it can help us save our planet so that others may be able to enjoy it as well.