A Myth is a MYTH is a M Y T H.

It seems to me that I’ve spent my life slowly, waking from a dream.                                                                    Feeling impelled to increasingly, spend my time outside the ‘main stream’.

The eccentric life-style that I choose to live,                                                                                                                 Largely frees me from rule by others.                                                                                                                         I I I I see the puppet-masters behind the screen.                                                                                                          – Corruption under covers.

NO-ONE LIKES TO BE TOLD THAT THEY’RE DELUDED.

Just like  Catholicism, Terrorism, Protestantism, Methodism, etc, Vegetarianism and Veganism are belief systems all based on a myth – or at very least – a profound mis-understanding.

While Catholicism, Protestantism and Methodism are founded on the Jesus/God myth, Vegetarianism and Veganism are founded on the mis-understanding that humans do not need to eat meat and will become healthier physically and psychologically more gentle etc.by avoiding it’s consumption.

Like all myths the truth of the matter, the actual reality, conflicts with the promise, the dream, the dogma.

In the case of Vegetarianism and Veganism, the reality is that humans have a fundamental nutritional need for vitamin B12, and the deficiency resulting from a lack of this critically important vitamin, is every bit as destructive.to human well-being as the deficiency of understanding that provoked the Inquisition and Witch burning.

The saying “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is as true today as it ever was and those Vegatarians and Vegans who mistakenly believe their meat and dairy free diets will somehow magically (miraculously) provide them with vitamin B12, are every bit as deluded as the Muslim jihadist who believes  blowing up infidels will secure him a place in heaven.

BELIEVING SOMETHING, DOES NOT MAKE IT REAL.

The irreversible damage, which vitamin B12 deficiency causes in the unfortunate children and other victims of this myth, is simply more insidious and devastating  than the abrupt and dramatic dis-integration-by-explosion of the jihadist’s bomb, but is no less deadly, pointless and totally un-necessary.

Ex-Vegan Lierre Keith’s masterly ‘The Vegetarian Myth” is  compelling, intelligent and scholarly read for any Vegetarian or Vegan who still has an open mind on the subject.

THE MIND IS LIKE A PARACHUTE.    IT  ONLY  WORKS  WHEN  IT’S  OPEN.

Whatever justification is there for Vipassana Meditation courses to provide vegetarian-only food and to recommend that diet?

Like so many others in the 1960 – 70’s, I questioned the life-style I was leading, the belief system I was living under and the diet I had but without having the necessary questions to apply to the alternatives I chose.

I rejected one system of belief, with many of it’s errors,inadequacies and follies exposed, and blindly accepted another one without fully appreciating the holes, blind spots and inconsistencies which riddled it.

“OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE” pretty well sums it up as I inadvertently swapped one destructive ‘Blind Alley’ for another, in the mistaken (deluded?) belief it was some how a better option – one way or another.

In my case, Vegetarianism was ‘better’ because it meant I was longer involved in the killing of other beings and I religiously (!) pursued a Vegetarian and then Vegan diet for some fourteen years, only ‘changing tracks’ when a visit to a doctor showed I was dangerously low in vitamnin B12.

I changed my diet and eventually began significant supplementation – especially after my research efforts and blood tests indicated  the seriousness of my situation. My ignorance and depth of delusion. were really exposed by Lierre Keith.    There was no where to hide from such clarity.

Her wonderfully well written book (treatise, expose’?) presents her clearly expressed argument which is supported by much irrefutable evidence.

In-as-much as it provided me with a clear and complete examination of the folly of both Vegetarianism and Veganism, it’s one of the three or four most significant and influential books I’ve ever read. (*)

I found that reading it was a truly enlightening experience.

(*)   1.  ‘The Continuum Concept’  Jean Liedloff.

2.  “The Vegetarian Myth”  Lierre Keith.

3.   “Beyond Civilization”    Daniel Quinn.

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