On Using the Holocaust Analogy
Several times last week, I (and a vegan friend) was met with: If billions of cows are going to die this year, how in the world does me not ordering the filet mignon make a difference?
Here was our response: If, during the Holocaust, a Jew or one of the five million non-Jews ("the others") came to your door in need of refuge, and you could save that one person’s life, would you say, "millions are dying and are going to die, what difference does it make if I save this one person?"
You would (I hope) save that one individual, despite the harsh reality of what was happening to other individuals similar to that one.
Though there are oodles of differences in the two scenarios, the point is that when you can save the life of an individual (someone who has an interest in living their life free of pain, imprisonment, enslavement, or an untimely and gruesome death), you do that.
With each meal, we have the opportunity to save lives. Others–far more others–will surely die each minute. But with each person who chooses to opt out of the slaughter, more lives are saved. If by being vegan you save 100 lives per year, you will save thousands–all by yourself–in your lifetime. And each person you help transition to veganism will save thousands more.
If that boggles your mind, begin with your next meal today and decide to save a life. I’m having an all-organic meal composed of quinoa, asparagus, broccoli, peas and shallots (with a touch of Earth Balance and some Bragg’s) for lunch today. There’s plenty of protein, fiber, calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and folic acid, plus all the amino acids in Bragg’s. It’s low in fat, its glycemic value is nice and low so my blood sugar won’t go crazy, and it’ll give me plenty of energy for my afternoon run.
And nobody died for it. Each meal gives you an opportunity to express your belief in nonviolence and your desire to save lives.
What are you having for lunch?