Choosing Compassion 3 Times A Day

Will you choose compassion?

Or apathy?

Will you choose curiosity?

Or tradition?

Will you choose peace?

Or taste pleasure?

Each day we can choose what world we want to live in.

Each meal deciding the fate of innocent animals.

Each meal deciding the future of our species.

Each meal deciding our health outcome.

We vote with our wallets each day & meal.

The first step is awareness.

The next is action.

Consider a vegan diet & lifestyle.

With Aloha,

Johnny

Human Evolution & Saving Our Planet

From single cell
To hairless apes
Humans left their jungle home
For the great unknown
Soon they ate what they could to survive
Then hunter-gathers began to settle
Building thriving empires on maize, rice, wheat, & rye
The next evolution of the human species
No more need to slaughter
No more need to abuse & exploit their fellow earthlings
In 2021, humanity is still stuck in the past
Stuck in greed, tradition, & fear
Some though are waking up to the suffering of the world & it’s beautiful creatures
Choosing compassion at every meal
If humanity takes the next step towards a vegan world
The world will heal
The animals will live
Pandemics will end

With Aloha,

Johnny

Check out the documentaries “forks over knives”, “cowspiracy”, & “dominion” for why switching to a vegan diet is crucial for saving ourself & earth. Check out nutritionfacts.org for how to eat a healthy plant based diet.

Karma.

For every action

There is an equal & opposite reaction

No right or wrong

No morality

No judgment

Just an observation of the law of nature

When we cause unneeded suffering to non-human animals

Humanity suffers

Suffer from viruses like covid-19,  sars, and swine flu

Suffer from pood poisoning, air pollution, & toxic water pollution

When we justify violence

We can become violent, cold, and apathetic

Not seeing reality through the lens of compassion

 

Insanity

Repeating the same mistakes

Expecting different results

We can support peace

We can support our mother nature

Invest in solutions to wean ourselves off meat, dairy, and eggs.

Whether this be whole food plants, plant-based alternatives, or cellular meat

We must choose another path

If we want to thrive into the next century

As individuals we can support the future we would like to see

Do we want a peaceful world full of compassion with less suffering & illness?

Or do we want to support violence and unneeded suffering?

 

I don’t judge anyone for supporting animal agriculture for I did for 28 years

Humanity must decide which path it would like to take

Not through force but through awareness, education, & compassion

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Earthlings.

I have a dream

That one day our fellow earthlings will not be exploited

Whether it be for taste, fashion, science or sport

I have a dream that no mother cows will have their calves stolen from them and sold to veal farmers

Exploited for their milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt

Used & abused they are then sent to the slaughter house

I have a dream that no animal will have to live a life of suffering & pain

No animal used for leather or wool

A life is worth more then a fashion statement

I have a dream that no dogs, cats, monkeys, etc will be forced to suffer for science

Forcefully injected with chemicals, drugs, & radiation

I have a dream that no whale, dolphin, seal, or fish will be dragged out of the ocean for fun or food

I have a dream

That all circuses, zoos, slaughter houses, fisheries, and all forms of animal exploitation will come to an end

That humanity will wake up to the suffering of their fellow earthlings

To see them as sentient beings who need our protection

Not things to be exploited for our taste or entertainment

All beings want freedom

Animals suffer just life you & I

Please do your own research

Watch documentaries like “earthlings” or “dominion” and you will see what I have seen

We together can change this world into a more compassionate & peaceful world

This dream of mine will not happen today nor tomorrow

Not even in my lifetime

But the mere fact that I & many others care gives me hope

That maybe one day this dream will come true

For now I will do what I can to help alleviate suffering in this world

Earthlings Documentary:

Practicing Peace.

I recently went to a Vegfest in my local community. The food was great and overall the message was a positive one. A message that we can help stop climate change, transform our health, and vote with our wallets to stop cruelty against animals through eating a plant based diet. A few of the vegans were so angry at meat eaters though. One of the presenters went on an angry tangent about decapitated pigs heads at the grocery store. She yelled at the crowd that she couldn’t understand meat eaters(even though she ate these products most of her life). It was a friendly reminder to me that true compassion encompasses all beings, not just those who live the same way as you. The way of peace doesn’t condone violence but seeks to understand others instead of judge. True compassion encompasses Hitler, Stalin, and Charles Manson.

If we want others to be more peaceful we must be peaceful, it’s as simple as that. Maybe we could just focus on ourself, making our own life our message to others? Our message of peace will be watered down if we communicate in a violent way. Practicing non-violence is something MLK, Gandhi, Jesus, Buddha, and mother Theresa all agreed on. It’s something they wanted us to practice on a daily basis. The next time we complain about the world affairs we could ask ourself “how can we expect the world to be at peace if we aren’t?”

Focus within. One lit candle can light a thousand candles.

With Aloha,

Johnny Hoffman

True Compassion.

As I glance through YouTube I see many arguing over diet, ethics, and the environmental problems of animal agriculture. I see my fellow vegans becoming angry with meat eaters. I hear the words ” I just don’t understand” being repeated over & over again. To develop compassion for others we must first understand them. Us vegans will drive ourselves crazy with this mindset of misunderstanding. I hope to inspire others to practice a vegan lifestyle but do not wish to force others to be vegan. People change on their own time. You can not force anyone to be more compassionate to animals or care about the health of themselves & the planet. Forcing another is a violent act in itself, which goes against my vow of non violence. The world will change in it’s own time. All we can do is live our message and share it with others. If our message is peace & compassion, then we must be peaceful & compassionate with our meat eating brothers & sisters. Peace is the way.

Understanding others is necessary for compassion, love, & peace. I ate a meat/dairy/egg based diet for 27 years and have been vegan for 2 years. How can I judge anyone who still consumes animal products when I ate them most of my life? My focus as of now is to develop true compassion for those who consume animal products and especially for those who advocate for them in ones diet. True compassion is when we can show compassion to those we disagree with. It’s easy to show compassion to the innocent & weak. It’s much more difficult to show compassion to a slaughterhouse worker but nothing could be more important than developing compassion for them as well. Slaughterhouse workers are often immigrants who are recruited to work long hours for little wages. They often suffer from PTSD from the horrific violent acts they see on a regular basis. There are documented cases of slaughterhouse workers dieing from bacterial diseases and neurological diseases from freshly slaughtered animals.

I also feel strong compassion for those who suffer from chronic diseases from eating animal products all their life. From heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, colon cancer, and many other diseases that could of been prevented with a whole food plant based diet. They were lied to be industry and led to believe that they are wild carnivores that need to eat meat every meal for protein. So much unnecessary human suffering. My heart goes out to them & their families.

I hope to inspire my fellow vegans to be more compassionate & understanding to our meat eating brothers & sisters. Many of us were meat eaters most of our life. Who are we to judge? We are not perfect enlightened beings floating above others. Let’s focus our energy on educating others while showing compassion & understanding to them. This way we don’t drag ourself down with anger, rage, & misunderstanding. We can allow compassion guide our life. How will they ever understand compassion if all we show them is apathy? How will they know peace if all we show them is violence? Our own life is our message to the world.

With Aloha,

Johnny Hoffman

One More Light.

Inspired by the late Chester Bennington & the band Linkin Park’s song “One More Light”.

I wake today,

Fueled not by apathy,

But compassion.

For the 150 billion of animals slaughtered each year.

For the million of children who die from disease and famine.

For those who commit suicide & those who suffer silently each day.

I vow to live a life that reduces the amount of suffering I cause in this world.

To speak for those who have no voice.

Who cares if one more light goes out in the sky of billions stars?

I do.

All life is precious.

Oneness.

We are nature.

A gentle breeze grazes me.

As I gaze into the deep blue sea.

Nature reminding me once more,

How beautiful she truly is.

May we see the oneness of nature.

Oneness of everything.

The illusion of separation blind us from the ultimate truth.

We are nature.

As long as this illusion lasts.

We will not wake up to save ourselves.

Saving Our Planet.

Why are we here?

What is our purpose?

To mindlessly consume?

To suffer & cause suffering?

Humanity has hit a turning point.

We can not mindlessly consume much longer.

Our path must change.

To a more mindful one.

To uplift and inspire change.

To help alleviate the suffering of all sentient beings.

To save our precious planet from mindless consumerism & ego.

To be the change,

We seek in the universe.

Be the Change.

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.”

Mohandas Gandhi

The world seems to be on the brink of destruction. News station reporting new mass shootings every week. ISIS beheading videos posted each month. Global climate change killing our ocean’s coral reefs and causing severe hurricanes. How do we keep sain? How do we live our lives with love in a world full of hate? That last question is a tricky one. We are actually living in the most peaceful time in human history! The difference is that our ancestors lived in small communities with little knowledge of events happening outside of their village let alone other countries. In a world of 24/7 news, we have become addicted to outrage, fear, and worry. We are not only what we eat. We become what we watch, listen, and pay attention too. So if we only watch the news, then it’s understandable why we have become fearful of the world. The internet is a medium of total human consciousness. Lots of random thoughts and ideas scattered throughout YouTube, blogs, and Facebook. Within the internet, there is a lot of fear, hatred, and worry. The internet is full of white noise. This white noise can distract us from living a meaningful life full of purpose, altruism, and growth.

Back to the purpose of this blog post, how can we change the world when we are just one small part of it? As Gandhi said, we must become the change we want to see in the world. This will keep our spirits high and keep us motivated on our path. You would be surprised at how much you can change the world with your diet, consumer choices, and by simply living your life in line with your values.

To begin our journey to living an intentional life we must be radically honest with our self. Radical honesty is saying what you truly mean without being mean. Many of us walk around being dishonest with our self. This leads to pain, suffering, and steals joy from our lives. We are fearful of the truth because it will make us uncomfortable. What we don’t realize is that our happiness is often found going through that discomfort. If we don’t face it, we often suffer in stagnation for the rest of life.

I now eat a whole food plant-based diet. Most of my life I was eating a standard meat & dairy diet all while claiming to love animals, environment, and my personal health. BUT my actions were not in line with what I was saying. I was being radically dishonest with myself. I knew the horrors of factory farming but still contributed to it. I was fearful of the discomfort of switching my diet and having to let go of a tradition. Through cognitive dissonance, I rationalized violence and unneeded suffering for my taste buds. I recommend watching “Cowspiracy”, “What the Health”, or “Forks over Knives” on Netflix.

Saying we are compassionate does not make the world more compassionate. To change the world into a more compassionate place we must take compassionate actions every day. Be the change.

We also can take action in the clothes we choose to buy. Many sweatshops make their employee’s work 16 hour days in unsanitary and deadly work conditions. They pay their employee’s extremely low wages so we as consumers can get cheap clothing and goods. “The True Cost” is a great documentary on Netflix about the problems of fast fashion in developing worlds. We can change the world by being more intentional with our dollar by choosing to buy used clothing or from companies that provide better working conditions and wages for their employees.

Do we want to be part of the solution or the pollution?

My intention is to never judge another for causing unneeded suffering in the world. I have caused plenty of pain and suffering in my life. My true intention is to empower myself and others to make healthier choices that cause less suffering in the world. Shaming rarely get’s other people to make long-lasting changes while empowering others energizes the spirit and keeps us strong for the long haul.

Here are some of the ways we can take action today to make the world a more peaceful place for all living beings.

-Transitioning to a 100% plant-based diet.

-Choosing fair trade.

-Organic produce.

-Buying ethical clothing.

-Not buying wool or leather.

-Reusable water bottles and containers.

-Less driving. More biking & walking.

-Buying locally.

-Cutting back on consumer goods.

-Buying used.

-Transitioning to solar energy.

We can take action right now to make the world a better place today, tomorrow, and for the coming generations. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. In this way, we can preserve compassion, peace, and love in our hearts and minds. We will be living intentionally and authentically with our true self. We will be living our message with is much stronger than just speaking it.

With Aloha,

Johnny Hoffman

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