How do we transcend this anthropocentric world and realize that animals are here with us, not for us?

Already the Buddha, ancient, medieval and ecclesiastical philosophers have emphasized that we will do good, that is, in accordance with morality, if we use self-discipline and control of our passions and desires. As Plato said, the first and greatest victory is to overcome yourself; being defeated by oneself, however, is something most shameful and base.

Nevertheless, today’s society perceives renunciation and self-control as something bad, as these notions are foreign to a consumer and hedonistic society that wants you to spend more, more and more every day, and to enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy again. And because our system is based on the exploitation of animals, we have been taught from birth that this is normal, acceptable and necessary, so self-reflection is a really difficult task. However, day by day we become more and more persons who are not able to control their actions and impulses, but are just puppets, guided by a constant flow of external stimuli that cause them to ignite desires for things that are evil or support evil – in the case of animal products, animal suffering. But we don’t even think about the reason for these desires, why we have to eat like a gourmand with a bloody trail on a plate, dress like we live in Siberia, with cofki skinned animals, why our face must be without lines and wrinkles at the expense of suffering millions who just wanted to live. To sum up Spinoza, greed, ambition, and lust are indeed types of madness, although they are not classified as diseases. And if at the same time we present veganism as a life full of renunciation, difficult changes and sacrifices, most people quickly turn away and prefer to listen to their passions, which in addition to normalcy also offer them comfort. Because, what is left for you in this life, full of troubles, as if you enjoy a little, even at the expense of another? However, acting morally brings happiness to life. Veganism should never be associated with renunciation and loss, as it offers so much more, empowers life, adds color and depth to our existence, quality insight that we are not alone on this planet. A happy life is a life we live morally, full of virtues. And it is only when we realize the value of other beings on this planet, whether human or non-human, that it motivates us to act in a direction that empowers the lives of others and consequently our own. Therefore, moral vegans also do not regret becoming vegans; the only regret is that they have not done so before.

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