“…It’s easy to dismiss peace of mind and peace on planet Earth as utopian ideals.
However, a visit with our vegan friends – with 40 years of a truly peaceful lifestyle under their belts –
– gives us tangible proof that we are actually evolving in that direction. (Disclaimer: this writer is a carnivore.)
Gentle World is a 30-year-old, non-profit organization based in Kohala – dedicated to the vegan way of life –
– and helping create a more peaceful society by educating people about the reasons for being vegan –
– the benefits of a plant-based life – and how to go about making that transition.
“The only thing to live for is what you believe in,” said Sun, one of Gentle World’s founders.
“When your conscience is at peace, your body is at peace.”
Things weren’t always so peaceful, however.
Forty-one years ago, Sun and her husband Light were witness to a graphic film that depicted how animals are slaughtered.
That bloody carnage motivated them to change their
“We were idealistic, we were going to find the truth.
It was a very powerful time and going vegan felt right,” said Sun, who chose her name.
Like her husband Light and other Gentle World members, Summer and Sky, they select a single moniker, believing that names are powerful.
You associate yourself with that identity – and so they chose something associated with nature –
– and perhaps something to reach for.
“I felt liberated. It was a different kind of freedom,” she said.
But back then, they didn’t even know there was a word for non-carnivores.
There were no vegan cookies or vegan pizza – let alone a health food store.
About the only thing they knew was safe to eat was spaghetti.
So, they started to grow their own food – and gradually stopped eating and using any animal products whatsoever.
“People told us we were going to die. They said ‘What are you going to eat?’” said Light.
“It was a big thing for us back then.”..”
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