Teach your children well, is Veganism just an easy way out?

Teach your children well, is Veganism just an easy way out?

July 27th, 2012 // 4:41 pm @

One of my oldest and dearest friends, James Campion writes the “Reality Check” column for the “Aquarian Weekly – NJ’s oldest Alt-Weekly”, for the last 10 years. He is a truly cantankerous, curmudgeon who blurs the line between madness and brilliance on a weekly basis and I love him for that and many other reasons!

His latest ramblings are about a childrens book called “Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action“. This is a new book by Ruby Roth, suggesting that children adhere to the Vegan way, which is a strict vegetarian diet, consuming no animal food or dairy products and also abstain from using animal products.

Campion says in his column:

Roth’s mission for “Vegan is Love” is to offer an alternate view for children, and for our daughter, it is a helpful reinforcement of something she has embraced thus far; something she will need when entering a world that doesn’t accept alternatives to anything easily. But hell, the kid is already behind the eight ball with a lunatic like me for a father.

I have nothing against Vegans, at least nothing more than I do for any well meaning but somewhat naive institutions. But I wonder, if you want an alternative view for children, how about we go whole hog! (ooops sorry Vegans) How about we start them off at a young age with the REAL TRUTH. The truth that we have no freakin idea what’s going on. That the world is an illusion and you should take it no more seriously than any movie you watch.

I mean, have you read any physics?

The  Heisenburg uncertainty principle and the “collapse of wave functions” are in themselves enough to make you unsure if the world even really exists…

…since they basically say that we have no idea where anything really is and there are an infinite number of possibilities for everything until we experience them which somehow magically reduces the possibilities from infinite to only one!

As a believer in Vedantic Philosophy and “Oneness” I think Erwin Schroedinger, most famous for his “Schroedinger’s cat thought experiment” summed it up nicely, saying:

“Inconceivable as it may seem, you and all other conscious beings are all in all. hence this life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is, in a sense, the WHOLE.

SO, My Reply to James was:

Mr. Campion
Calling yourself a Vegan or anything else as such, is to buy into our ego and think we are separate from everything else and anything more than one in total. Eating meat, or fruit for that matter, actually makes us closer to cannibals, not vegans! Perhaps we should all become breatharians. 😉 Seek Truth! – Bo Blaze

Now I realize it might not be pragmatic that we tell our children “nothing matters”, lest we raise even lazier children, who do less than they do now, which is pretty little. But I just thought I’d point out that if we are going to go for truth, maybe we should go even deeper.

Sure, being a vegan is a nice concept. Its kind to adorable and ugly animals alike and sweet in nature.  But is it truth? if deep down you believed as I do, you’d have to admit it’s really just an intermediary step, in your thought process? One that sits somewhere between the truth and the dogma of organized religion? How often do we do this?

How often do we try to do the right thing for our kids but fall spectacularly short because of our own fears and limitations?

  • Should we just tell our kids fairly tales even though we don’t believe them?
  • Should we tell them the truth as we know it?
  • Or perhaps it’s time to stop our incessant need to be all knowing gods in front of our children and really fess up and let them know…

…we really don’t have a clue!

That existence is infinite and unknowable, beautiful and mysterious, and that their guess at things is probably just as good as yours. Let’s face it, you only fight that concept because you are desperate to believe that “this life” matters, and makes some kind of sense. 😉

Keep it in mind next time you talk to your kids about something deep. Are you perpetuating nonsense that you were told by your parents, that their parents told them, just because it’s easier than sitting down and telling your kids the truth? Are you so frightened by what might be the “real truth”, that you can’t be objective? Are you pushing your cherished belief system on them, even though you have no idea if it’s really valid?

Maybe you could just say “No one knows for sure, but this is what I believe!”

What do you think? Please reply below in our facebook or wordpress comment sections!

Category : Story Archive &Truth &Uncategorized

One Comment → “Teach your children well, is Veganism just an easy way out?”

  1. Starr

    11 years ago

    As a parent, I don’t want to lie to my son but I have not told him that Santa, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy don’t really exist. To put an end to those lies feels like putting an end to that part of childhood. Then it seems that some lies are ok, and some aren’t which also doesn’t feel right. We do the best we can as parents but it can be hard figuring out what the right thing is to do. One of the important things I teach my son is to show respect for other people and to treat them as he would want to be treated. If he wants a hamburger with his fries, I’m fine with that!


Leave a Reply

Bo Blaze is the "Alternative" life coach. Specializing in the Entertainment Industry, Alternative Relationships & Sexuality and anyone else who's life is just a little bit left of center. He has 20 years of experience in the music industry and has worked with a variety of entertainers and touring musicians from the "most high profile" to the "completely unknown". He has vast experience with alternative lifestyles & communities including, Polyamory, Leather, BDSM, Kinky, Queer, Fetish, Adult, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Transsexual, Crossdressing, LGBT, Leather Family, adult entertainers, sex workers etc. Bo's own struggle and subsequent success fighting his food addiction makes him an excellent choice as a Bulimia and Food Addiction Coach.