COWS | HEY LIAO!: COWS

23.7.14

COWS

Two days ago while out on a little walk I found myself staring at a herd of beautiful cows! I ran home and got the camera. I mean come on, when does one ever FIND oneself sharing space with a herd of beautiful cows near their home? They had no tags on them, no "owner" near by, it was as if they were alone and "wild". I definitely think they thought I was a weirdo. Just look at the way they looked at me lol... I was this crazy lady snapping, snapping away!
I was told they never come so close to the houses, they are usually quite far away, you only occasionally see sheep and goats. Well I was a very happy person that day! They were so calm, friendly and gracious. I could really see that they were taking care of each other and the young ones.
What a massive cow! Majestic Beast! Gracious Majestic Beast.

The first question that popped in my head was.. "Are these free range cows? Will they be used for meat?" I bet they were.. I definitely believe living a vegan lifestyle is the way to go. I'm not there yet, but it is always on my mind. I don't feel anger towards people who eat meat (unless they are eating exotic animals because  to them it is "delicacy" and is a "status" thing, which I find extremely selfish, like fur). The less we eat the better, for ourselves and for these lovely animals. I don't think farmed animals are any less precious and beautiful compared to our family animals. It's just how many of us were brought up, consuming farmed animals, now it's a harder habit to quit. The positive news is, we can all strive to be better and eat less meat.

It is all about the cruelty humans inflict on animals. Unnecessary cruelty. I can't imagine inflicting cruelty on these beautiful majestic animals, yet I am not a Vegan. I'm a goddamn hypocrite. I feel so sorry. I am so sorry.

I have been cutting down a lot on meat. I used to be a heavy meat eater, always the beef, bring on the beef, that was 6 years ago. Thank God for the Internet, it has really changed me. Learning about the conditions they have to go through so that "I" can get my steak. All I can say to them is, thank you and I'm sorry. Animals take on so much, treated so terribly and so cruelly by our industry and by extremely ill individuals yet they are so well mannered and gracious. It really makes one think. I think humans should give their prayers and thanks to the animals which inhabit this world. They are the ones making the world a better place. Truly. We learn from them, we eat them, we use them in experiments, put them under immense pain and trauma.  yet they don't condemn us (maybe they do) but they don't show it, they never attack humans randomly. Unless we threaten them. I think it's time more people think about this. It's not about being a "tree hugger" (Trees are actually quite nice to hug), but it's about being a human being and looking at these gracious animals and saying sorry to them. 

Cutting down on meat because we can. We all have a choice, I know there are those vegans who yell at everyone and make you feel like a piece of good for nothing dirt ball, they pick at all the wrong things you've done simply because you want to spread awareness about a plant based diet. The way they speak to you with terrible rudeness makes you want to avoid them and the whole community, but don't feel that way. Lets combine our strength and willpower and eat more plant based and to live more holistically! Better for the planet! Better for our health! What's there not to like? Never stop doing good because of others, you do it for yourself and for what you believe is right. You don't have to feel rejected just because you aren't perfect, because who is perfect? There is so much to care about and we can only get better by adding up the steps. Baby steps, one step at a time! 
One thing about living here in Israel that I've really enjoyed is the amount of delicious Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. Yokneam being one of the greenest cities in Israel has taught me about appreciating nature and conservation. I just need to hike a bit and there are wild figs to pick, If I need chalk I can just get it from the ground. Need to make a campfire? There are fire stones available. 

Deers, Hedgehogs, Eagles, lizards, wild boars and little foxes all inhabit these lands. This is their home too. Due to the current conflict between Israel and Gaza, I've been seeing so much racism all over social media. These lands have been conquered by so many kinds of people. There is no "pure race" of any human being (I don't believe so and certainly not on this land.) yet because of religious reasons, a reason of hatred because of the past they (whoever it may concern) condemn  a whole countries residents for what has happened in the past. 

What about animals which have roamed these lands for thousands of years? What about the animals which suffer due to humans selfish ways, extinct, destroyed, completely ruined, where is their justice?
Innocents and Civilians always  suffer because of politics because of the ones in power. Fighting for justice, what justice? This is our home. All of us. The world is "OUR COUNTRY". What is right and wrong? If it serves nature and humanity it is right everything else highly debatable. No matter how many times I hear about killing due to religious reasons or which god is right. It is ludicrous (to me). God is in your heart and God is gracious and kind. Whoever says otherwise is mistaken, look at these lands and beautiful beings he has created. Killing is all man. Only man can stop the pain and cruelty. You will not be saved just because you believe in God. Believing in God means acceptance, love and mercy. Most importantly forgiveness. If people haven't learnt that already. It's a true shame. Fighting a pointless war that only kills more beautiful civilians and beautiful innocent lives. 

Justice will never be served with killing. Justice will never be served with racism and prejudice. Remember that, this new generation now are not the ones who inflicted pain upon those you love. Remember that the true enemy are not those  living on the "enemies side". Remember that life is more precious than the actions carried out in the goal of justice, the kind of justice which only kills more innocent lives. Remember that there will never be anything worthy enough or good enough to free hatred from an extremist's heart. Hatred consumed them already. There is nothing to prove.

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU ARE TOLD TO BELIEVE
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - ThinkHumanity


GIVE UP LABELS
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” - ThinkHumanity


LOVE. LIVE. LET GO.
“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” - ThinkHumanity


THE SECRET OF GOOD HEALTH IS TO LIVE FULLY IN THE NOW.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” - ThinkHumanity

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