Vegan Action #73

    Someone asked me once, "What if you were on your way to a city council meeting to make the deciding vote to end factory farming in your city and you passed a dog that had just been hit by a car.  Do you stop for the dog or get to the meeting one time?"  I know about these never likely, hypothetical questions and often find them to be intriguing.  In fact, almost every time I'm leafleting, someone asks me the old, "If you were stranded on an island with a cow would you eat it?" question a lot.  It is a way for people to find out your views in a less straight forward but more comfortable approach I guess. 
    So, the dog question.  I think about it for a few minutes but really I immediately decided what I would do as soon as I visualized the scenario.  Sadly, I have come to second guess my immediate reactions a lot of the time as they are usually emotion based and sometimes not very logical.  Society has been telling me that strong women resist their emotional urges and try to be more logical (read as more like men). 
    And so I struggle with my brain and my emotions regularly in this way.  But, another thing I realized while pondering this question and my response is that we do come across conundrums like these everyday, not as extreme, but we are regularly faced with choices about our belief systems consistently, sometimes we just don't notice it.  Or, perhaps we don't know what our belief systems are at all.  I've started seeing, more and more, that people's perceptions are often not their own but the groups mentality.  I'm not talking about the majority of america in this instance, I mean radicals, activists, lefties, etc.  The folks that are being reactive and not proactive, the people being an activist and not thinking as an activist.  I'm realizing that many of us are swallowing radical propaganda the same way everyone else believes the mainstream propaganda.  We're basing our notions on someone else's or some groups belief system and failing to develop our own.  It makes us just as fooled as the average person living in america reading the Washington post.  We end up following the rules dictated by our minority group. 
    So, we are really only fighting half of the battle, if fighting for revolution and change is what we are trying to do.  We have more impact on the people we come across everyday than we could have with strangers even if we protested, demonstrated and leafleted every day.  We really need to focus on revolutionizing ourselves. 
    We spend so much time being reactive that we forget about ourselves.  We need to educate ourselves constantly and not be afraid to follow our emotions.  We need to do the right things for the right reasons.  And not fail to do something because no one else is doing it or because someone else eventually will. 
    I have been constantly wondering, for years and years, why people 'sell out' and drop out of things they were once so passionate about.  Why they feel defeated and give up.  I've realized the most common reason is that they never understood what they were working towards or what they were fighting for.  How could you expect to last if you don't really know why you're doing what you do?  If you honestly understand and believe in your own ideas you are going to stand behind them until the end, whatever they may be and however they might evolve.  We can never be revolutionaries as long as we are working for someone else's goals and ideals.  As long as we don't know why -we can't give it everything we have.  We are all revolutionaries in some way or other and as long as we can understand and explain why, we have solid ground to work from.   Thanks.  Xoxo-krissi.  p.o. box 4288 richmond, va 23220  krissi@vegan.org.

Suggested reading:  
The Declaration of Independence, A Cross-Examination of American Ideology, Howard Zinn.
The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley.
Practical Ethics, Peter Singer.
Why We Can't Wait, Martin Luther King Jr.
Living My Life, Emma Goldman.

VEGAN BREAKFAST RULES!   French Toast:  8 slices french or some thick bread, 1 cup soy milk, 2 tbsp flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp corn starch, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix it all together with a fork really well, no lumps.  Dip that bread in and fry it up good.  You have to use real maple syrup on this, no crap syrup.  It  is so good.  Vegan Sausage:  Steam 1 package of tempeh for 15 minutes.  Cool, grate and mix in 2 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp warm water, 1/2 tsp. of sage, marjoram, thyme, cumin, caraway seed, rubbed sage, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes and garlic powder or 2 cloves minced garlic.  Press into patties and fry them up until brown.  Enjoy!

DON'T HAVE A COW #1 cookzine by John Johnson. I'm adding this to my suggested vegan cookzine list for sure. (see the review section for a review of this new cookzine)