this is a piece written for T.O.F.U. Magazine’s 12th issue on mental health & veganism. lots more of fantastic pieces to be found there, all at pay-what-you-can, so check it out.
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It is different for different people, but you just know it when it happens.
That lightbulb moment, tasting some epiphany, enlightenment, apotheosis, conversion; or whatever term fits your fancy. When your perspective on life broadens, deepens, dramatically enough for true insight to shine through – leaving no possibility of ever forgetting this meaningful revelation.
Think of Alice finding Wonderland: her curiosity about a mysterious white rabbit has her leaving behind the old for somewhere else, completely at odds with everything she thought she knew.
And this is what this writing is all about: new perspectives on old ideas.
Most vegans are familiar with this experience, in one fashion or another, witnessing their sense of self-bloom with change. Our relationship with animals, other earthlings, and to ourselves undergoing a murky transformative process that is both beautiful and tragic. The whole trip demands of us to reassess core values, basic habits, and general priorities in life.
And it is the very same when one gets sick. Continue reading