Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The Amazon tropical rain forest is burning up and you are still eating meat?

Source of 20% of the world’s oxygen
Wikipedia, smoke from the wildfires seen by satellite. Image Courtesy: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).
Wikipedia, smoke from the wildfires seen by satellite. Image Courtesy: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).

Not even speaking about its indigenous owners, unique plant and wild life, its world record capacity to absorb CO2 and produce water (rain).

If we manage not to drive the human race to total extinction, what are you going to tell your great-grandchildren when they ask: “When the Amazon was burning, were you still eating meat?”

They would know that nothing was more damaging our climate than the meat industry. Not only for bovine farts but also for the deforesting (burning down the forest) that is done to plant corn and grow grass for cow’s meat to provide some Westerners 14 meat meals a day. (Compare: even lions, that can’t eat much else, only hunt and eat meat once a week.)

The damage from the 80,000 Amazon fires now raging is already enormous and it’s hard to see how to get them under control.

Powerlessness is a terrible feeling. We would all like to do something to enlarge human survival.

Well, I know something that you can do. It won’t cost you money. It will save you money. It won’t cost you your health. It will improve your health.

Eat less meat. If at all.

They used to say: Meat is Murder. They meant, the deliberate killing of animals. But it’s now truer than ever. Meat is in fact, suicide.

I became vegan at the age of 58 so don’t tell me you’re too old to change.

Don’t just feel guilty. Do something. Become at least a partial vegan.

Get some practical background reading. And some philosophical stuff.

AIDS, the threats of bird flu and Ebola worldwide epidemics, climate change, and the Amazon rain forest burning show that it’s not anymore “us” against “them” but rather “us all together” for the survival of all or none. We’re all in the same boat.

Full disclosure: I didn’t grow up in a city, town or village but in a forest.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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