This book is first on the list of suggested readings. My library doesn’t carry it so I bought a used copy. Fine with me because it’s such a well-written (it’s not a “diet” book with recipes), passionate–but not harsh–wake-up call for a vegan revolution and world of peace.
“The calling we hear today is the persistent call to evolve. It is part of a larger song to which we all contribute and that lives in our cells and in the essential nature of the universe that gives rise to our being. It is a song, ultimately, of healing, joy, and celebration because all of us, humans and non-humans alike, are expressions of a beautiful and benevolent universe. It is also a song of darkest pain and violation, due to our accepted practices of dominating, commodifying, and killing animals and people. In order to confine and kill animals for food, we must repress our natural compassion, warping us away from intuition and toward materialism, violence, and disconnectedness.” (p. XVI)
And a fitting first quote:
“The world is his who can see through its pretensions. What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold, is there only by sufferance–your sufferance. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it a mortal blow.” –Emerson