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Is there any right way to believe and live?

If you read Facebook, many people post things about their beliefs and causes. Some even try to badger people to join them by showing gross and disturbing posts. Arguments ensue, friends block each other. And for what? Is anyone’s belief or way of life any “righter” than another?

I believe in “live and let live” but sometimes I have to wonder why people need to challenge each other on how the other lives their lives. I have my way of life, you have yours. We can still be friends and if our differences cause issues, just don’t discuss them.

Meat eaters and vegans go at it all the time. I will sit down to dinner and eat a hamburger while a friend has a salad. I don’t complain to them and I don’t want them to complain to me. Some will remind you an animal suffered and died just so you could have that burger…

Well, I truly believe that plants have feelings too and scientists are even conducting experiments on them to prove it. I watched a video where they burned a plant and was excited to see that the plant appeared to feel it. I think that’s cruel too, but I am not badgering friends about it.

Groups protest when trees are cut down. I wonder if those same groups use a piece of paper to write their complaints on or have wood furniture in their homes. I could go on and on, but does it matter? People are going to live and believe however they want too. I don’t think my way of life is totally right, and maybe others isn’t either.

The thing is we are all entitled to make our own decisions about how we live and believe. Am I wrong to consume meat that an animal had to die for? Maybe, but I have been taught the “waste not, want not” theory. My Native American blood teaches me to appreciate ever animal that sacrificed its life so that I can feed my family.

I even appreciate the vegetables that go along with the meat on my table. I talk to my plants as well and even play music for them. Don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover and a plant lover and believe they should be treated humanely, even when they sacrifice their lives to feed others. Yes, I DO believe a plant is a living thing too!

I realize this post may cause a lot of comments with different opinions. Discussion is fine, just be nice about it. We are all adults and should be able to offer opinions in an adult manner. I have purposely chosen not to include a photo with this because I don’t think startling someone with a photo is the way to get a message across.

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TerrieSchultz wrote on November 2, 2014, 12:11 PM

I agree 100%, Donna! I get so tired of seeing that sort of thing on my Facebook feed, and in real life as well! Veganism is a big one. I was a vegetarian for many years, but now I eat meat because I feel that my body needs it. I don't try to get anyone to change their diet, and I don't want anyone to tell me what I should or should not eat. Same is true for all other lifestyle issues. Live and let live.

Scorpie wrote on November 2, 2014, 12:21 PM

The overall methodology I embrace is to develop my own virtue then apply it to every aspect of my life. Leave things they way you found them, give when you encounter someone with less, advise those who seek it, connect with everything and judge none.

Crin wrote on November 2, 2014, 1:08 PM

Ha, ha, ha, if we all agreed with each other, Earth would be such a boring place to live!

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 2, 2014, 3:20 PM

You are right Terrie. I believe eating meat has been instilled in us for many, many years and our bodies do need it, but I don't complain to people who choose not to. And I certainly don't need "enlightened" about anyone's choices.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 2, 2014, 3:21 PM

Sounds like a wonderful methodology and I too try to do these things as best as I can. Am I perfect at it? No, but then who is perfect in everything?

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 2, 2014, 3:22 PM

Yes it would! I am g;lad folks have differing opinions and don't mind discussing them, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Donna_Thacker wrote on November 2, 2014, 3:25 PM

I agree and have unfriended a few because of their posts. The thing is, I really like some folks, even in real life, except for a couple things like always having to listen to why they are right about what they choose and why I am wrong!

Kasman wrote on November 2, 2014, 3:55 PM

The human race is omnivorous. We evolved that way and it is a large part of our success as a species. Other people foisting their ideas and philosophies upon me is something I don't appreciate. Like you, 'live and let live' is motto.

Scorpie wrote on November 2, 2014, 6:17 PM

I don't think places can be boring, only people.

bestwriter wrote on November 2, 2014, 7:02 PM

No one has the right to impose their beliefs and lifestyles on others. One should adapt and adopt to situations that suit them but in so doing that should not make life of others around miserable This is my 'mantra'

Crin wrote on November 2, 2014, 7:12 PM

The right way to do it is to avoid the topic, but that requires understanding, patience, good grooming, all components missing in a lot of people's basic education.