The Most Powerful 10 Minutes Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Vegan. All of us are earthlings.

Check out this video on YouTube. “Vegan” food for thought for the weekend. All of us are earthlings.

I am a great fan of Mr. Phoenix. I loved him in the Johnny Cash biography Walk the Line, and his performance in the romantic movie Her is truly inspirational. Inherent Vice is one of the weirdest and surprising movies of the last years, and Mr. Phoenix provides key quirkiness in his role as the detective in this who-done-it set in the seventies.

I was very interested to hear that he is vegan.

By his own admission, Mr. Phoenix has been a vegan for all his life. I am a vegetarian and at least partially vegan myself; mostly because of the dramatic impact of the meat industry on animal welfare, our environment and our health. The YouTube movie below provides some very relevant statements; core focus on the similarity between humans and animals, which I (as a trained biologist) find very inspiring.

http://youtu.be/cEBXZuPbHQs

Treat animals with the respect that they deserve

An Earthling walking the streets of Cairo

Alan, the hero of two journeys and fields of fire is a vegetarian too. I suspect that Alan mostly does this out of compassion for animals. After all, in a post-apocalyptic world there won’t be any necessity to protect the environment. With human kind gone, nature will again take over, and many species that are currently struggling to survive due to the tremendous evolutionary pressure delivered by man, will flourish again.

Compassion towards animals is what makes us truly human and going vegan is the way to go. As recent research on animal behavior shows (and research methods have dramatically progressed over the last decennia) The boundaries between being a human and a ‘mere’ animal have become very fuzzy. There is much more of the animal in humans, and much more human in animals.

 

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