Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. -Thomas Edison Within the 8 limbs of yoga is ahimsa, non harming, which gets more and more complex as you continue to think about that concept in more depth. But vaguely it's the moral idea of not harming others or yourself. Others including animals, so many yogis are vegetarian. The truth is though anymore one cannot truly follow ahimsa if continuing to indulge in all the milks and cheeses. This industry is just as disgusting and ugly as the corporate meat world. (This picture is pretty and those cows are living much mightier than the ones most consume-if you don't know the truth look into it.) Also, what is this idea of fish not having feeling? I will never understand that. Go fishing. Watch a fish suffocate out of water. Hear their noises as you unhook them. Look into what we are doing to the oceans. This is not ahimsa either. Sorry but it just is not. I know that many haven't had this realization and I understand that and I'm not judging, but once you know you know. It's really not that hard to be vegan. Yes, maybe you have to think about what you're eating a little more and really read ingredients of processed foods, but shouldn't we be doing that anyway? So you change your shopping list a bit, big deal. I get a lot of grains and stuff on amazon too. Couldn't be any easier. And you can build muscle just as easily, I'm just as strong (actually stronger) as I was before, way healthier and feel waaaaaay better all the time. True story. #justsayin
While the situation was frustrating, I can’t help but be proud of Jaceon. Yesterday, he came home in tears saying he might get suspended. I asked him to tell me why and he said that he had pinned a boy down at school. Knowing that Jaceon is not a violent person, I asked him what the reason was for it. He told me that there was a boy taunting a group of girls and made them cry. He asked the boy to stop, but when he didn’t, Jaceon took matters into his own hands and pinned the kid to the ground, told him he needed to stop and to apologize to the girls. Al and I talked to him about needing to tell an adult, that putting his hands on another person, boy or girl, isn’t appropriate, but that we were proud that he stood up for those being bullied. Frustrating was not knowing how the situation would be handed by the school as it was referred to the principal. Today the principal called and said he spoke with all parties involved and with Jaceon reinforced what we had said; Jaceons punishment was to apologize to the boy for putting his hands on him and to sit in with the principal during lunch. Pleased with the end result to say the least. It was understood that Jaceon was trying to do the right thing, but could have handled it differently. A serious talk was also had with the other boy and hopefully he takes it to heart. While I don’t approve of Jaceons pinning him down, I do respect why he did it and I am so so proud of him for sticking to what he believes in.