What motivates a conscientious individual to, amongst other things, become vegan is the wish to contribute towards lessening this vast, hidden world of suffering. The question asked is simply this: would I rather that there was slightly more or slightly less suffering and harm in the world?
In the tiny corner of the world that one has a presence, one’s actions have direct and indirect consequences to the lives of other living, sensitive beings – both the other humans in our lives as well as all the countless other animal beings we interact with on a daily basis.
Let us not consume animals and use them – the impact we ourselves personally contribute to is something we ought all take very seriously. The willful decision to be kind and compassionate is in direct recognition of this consequential view of life.
Our decisions and actions have consequences – simple cause and effect. The reality is that we operate a key part in the connectedness of life – as conscious, thinking human beings, we are absolutely aware of the impact of our harmful decisions towards other animal beings, yet we do it regardless.
This is abuse of the largest scale that collectively we negligently and/or willfully commit. We think of ourselves as decent, yet many of us are knowingly or unknowingly part of a large social crime – a crime against the most vulnerable and weakest member of natural society – other animal beings, notably those smaller and far weaker than ourselves
Like an iceberg, the vast majority of the damage of pain and suffering lies beneath the surface, out of sight, imperceptible. This very property of suffering is what prevents stopping unnecessary suffering.
If we spent more time considering others, more time caring for the harmful consequences of our actions. It is easy for us to not realise that some of our behaviours and actions may be accidentally causing harm that we aren’t aware of? We all remember times when we didn’t notice how we were behaving or thinking in a certain way at some point in our lives.
Given how easily this is done, it is understandable and forgivable that most of us have never rationally thought about how we should treat other beings, especially all human and non-human animals that don’t touch our own individual lives. If someone were to tell you that you may or may not be causing great harm in a way you aren’t aware of, but that you have never spent the time carefully considering your behaviour and consequences of?