Meat-free diet could help
Feb. 14 marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.
The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham, yet as traditional as the Bible (Genesis 1:29). Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen G. White all followed this higher call.
A meat-free diet is not just about Christian devotion. Dozens of medical studies have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases. A United Nations report named meat production as the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Undercover investigations have documented farm animals routinely caged, crowded, mutilated and beaten.
Today’s supermarkets are well in tune with the call to abstain from eating animals. They offer a rich array of plant-based meats, milks, cheeses and ice creams, as well as the more traditional vegetables, fruits and grains. Entering “vegetarian” or “vegan” in your favorite search engine provides lots of meat replacement products, recipes and transition tips.
Leo Gushiken, Kauai
Coco Palms opportunity
True ownership is not about money. It is about relationship. To own something is to have a heart/life relationship to it. The third dimensional mind is controlled by the ego which is subject to power and control. Money cannot own anything, especially now as the planet is in transition out of patriarchal domination (power and control) we have all been programmed with. Process is 4th dimensional and feminine or heart based. Michelle Edwards in her Other Voices article, “Let’s work together on Coco Palms,” spelled out the opportunity.
The two occupiers represent the Hawaiian spirits whose bodies lived and died there. Their spirits are very much a part of the land.
The developers whose money bought the land can never own the land unless they honor the Hawaiians’ love of the aina, and form a cooperative relationship with the Hawaiians who can let the heart lead.
A great master said, “Let the heart be the master; the mind, a useful servant.”
To work together as Michelle suggested can demonstrate a new way of being on the planet, which honors Mother Earth, instead of raping her to the point of destruction.
To trust the process, is to honor the love that we are as one self, and release our “belief in separation,” said to be the cause of all the misery on the planet. Listening to the voice for love in our hearts instead of the voice of fear can help us make new choices for being on Planet Earth.
Petra Sundheim, Lihue