Pantheism – Do I believe in Reincarnation and an Afterlife?

I won’t be able to provide my more detailed and in-depth answer in this one video presentation and essay, for it is such a profound topic that requires a very lengthy discussion. But for now, I will at least provide a brief synopsis that is hopefully worthy in the minds of those who are interested. I do plan to eventually try to fully explain and illustrate what exactly I believe happens to us after death to hopefully explain that remarkable transition I strongly believe each of us have already experienced and will continue to experience from one life to the next. So stay tuned.

As a pantheist, people often ask me whether or not I believe in reincarnation, which usually refers to the rebirth of a soul in a new body after death. For the most part, the answers is, yes. But it really depends on what is truly meant by ‘reincarnation’ or how one may personally define the soul and/or the body.

I usually prefer to avoid using the term soul, because so many define it so differently. So for the sake of clarity, I will refer to the perceiving mind and the physical body. I believe each of us is like a passenger within a vessel mainly along for the ride or, if you prefer, a driver within a vehicle who has some control. We move from one vessel to another like a snake that sheds its old skin, again and again, or a hermit crab that moves from one shell to the next as it grows.

In terms of physical systems, there are living things and there are non-living things or dead things. All living physical bodies age, change, and sooner or later die, decay and wither away. But that perceiving entity that is you escapes that dying human form and continues onward. As your physical human vessel begins to die, it loses its needed order and balance to sustain itself. This imbalance and disorder finally reaches a critical point where the universe sort of gags on that dying version of you and then reflexively regurgitates or spits out that inner version of you from that dying vessel to go elsewhere.

Some believe it is all a mere physical world and that is all there is. Physical parts randomly interacting and that’s all. To me, that view falls short. There are those who would say it is all ultimately within the mind and that’s all there is. I don’t mind that view as long as that view includes an uncontrollable lawful aspect. It’s always difficult to fully define or explain what one means by ‘the mind’ or that which is ‘physical’. Personally, I view the physical material world as the resistant lawful portion of reality. So when I say physical or material or body, just know I mean that resistant portion of the cosmos, whether that be in the mind or not. So even if one says, it’s all in the mind, then at least know that there are unchangeable rules that your mind has to abide by. If you jump from the roof of your house, for instance, then due to gravity and all other physical laws, you will fall—unless you use other physical laws to alter that fall, such as a parachute or aircraft or some other lawful contraption. If it was all in the mind, in the way many often characterize it, then we would all be completely free to control our world and destiny or to defy the laws of physics. But I believe the mind is always bridled by laws of the All, laws of the cosmos. Even in dreams are we prisoners of this truth that we are not in full control. So even if it is all somehow technically in the mind, then it is as though the physical world (in the traditional sense of the word) still exists.

Some hate the idea of a dualist world-view, of trying to divide the universe or reality into two main separate camps like the mind and the body or the physical and the non-physical, often depicted by the Yin-Yang symbol, and claim that it is ultimately all one thing. I too, in many ways, believe it is all ultimately one symphony, one ocean of waves, so-to-speak, but at the same time, I believe that oneness can be differentiated or divided in the eyes of the perceivers. I am what is known as a dialectic or dualistic monist, one who sees both sides of the same coin. I’m also one who conceptually further divides the universe, that single coin, into higher resolution for further examination. So yes, I do view all of reality to ultimately be a unified whole, but this whole must express itself in dualistic terms to us perceiving beings.

For me, I believe the perceiving mind can never be fully extinguished nor separated from the physical world, for you can never have one without the other, because they go hand-in-hand like the black and white values on a written page. If you try to remove the white of the page the black text is no more or vice versa. Call it your spirit, your soul, your ghost or inner being, but it will always have a body or a physical aspect. In other words, whether your mind separates from your current human vessel by some means of spiritual ethereal mitosis or some type of quantum leap, from one physical vessel to the next, it will always be both of the physical and the non-physical, the mind and the body. It will never be otherwise.

Our levels of consciousness and awareness may come and go, it can wax and wane with sleep and wakefulness but can never be completely turned off like a light switch or a water faucet. However, your mind and identity are always changing, for a variety of reasons, thanks to the physical, material part of the world, and you will lose your memories eventually if not right away after your human death. But there has never been a time when you, the mental passenger, did not exist. I believe you will move from one life to the next, forever and ever. Because you, the perceiving entity, the passenger, are not like a mere physical structure like a house or chair that has only a fixed number of physical parts that can be assembled and then taken apart to be no more. That would unjustly cheapen the universe and what you truly are. Don’t misunderstand. Your human vessel does, indeed, have a fixed number of parts but that inner core version of you does not. You are so much more than that. You, that mental passenger, that perceiving entity is a hub, a core, an apex of the Forever All that is the universe from your unique point-of-view in time and space and you always will be. Your true body is the entire infinite physical universe. You are all that physicality and all that in between along with all its rules. Your mind is part of an unending continuum. It has always required the whole interconnected package we call the universe to make you possible. That will never change. There is no force powerful enough or a device clever enough to separate your inner perceiving light from the infinite cosmic lantern. That flame that is your local perceiving self merely changes its shape and position in the grand scheme of things as one might perceive it.

Putting aside our human death that will eventually come—sorry—in a very real sense, each of us are constantly being reincarnated from one moment to the next. We are all being reincarnated right now as I speak. Isn’t it amazing how the universe can allow our mind to have trains of thought, durations of existence, even though in a physical sense, as we often view it, we are a collection of tiny particles that don’t even physically touch one another? Observe the amazing physical processes that happen during the birth of any and all life and even observe the amazing processes that occur during death. Consider all the amazing mechanisms at play. Chemicals dance around, electrons change energy states and at times are emitted. Things bubble and flare up, they twist, contort, and move about, fluids flow, they squirt, spray, and flush themselves out as organic life tends to do whether it’s being born or dying. The universe is a remarkable machine with some remarkable mechanisms. Don’t so easily dismiss its ability to use similar awesome mechanisms to keep your perceiving mind going like an eternal flame that can never be completely blown out. Your wick and your wax will never run out. They are unending. They are eternal.

Some have suggested this view to be wishful thinking. That I and others are comforted by the thought and belief in reincarnation. Well, they’re partly correct. I would be lying if I said I had absolutely no hopes or desires to continue on after this present human life or that the idea of rebirth is not comforting, because to some extent, it is comforting. But as we all well know, life is not always comforting or pleasurable. It’s a mixed bag. In fact, it is too often quite the opposite. It can be rather painful, very cruel, very frightening, and extremely exhausting. I’ll admit, there’s a part of me that sometimes wishes it would not continue or that the whole thing would just stop. I don’t believe we get to live happily ever after in a blissful state of joy. Far from it. I will likely lose much of what I believe I know about the universe and have to relearn it all over again. In the next life, I will likely be very vulnerable like a child walking into a new classroom for the first time. So never forget, life is not all that great, but fortunately, it’s also not all that bad, either. It’s a mixed bag, always has been and always will be. So not mainly due to wishful thinking.

However, I always try to remove my emotions from the equation, so it doesn’t cloud my judgement, and I try to always base all my philosophical views on what I believe to be the truth and reality of the world, based on all that the universe has taught me so far, whether it’s actually right or wrong and whether I like it or not, and not on what I would like that reality or truth to be or need it to be or wish it to be. I know all too well that I would only be cheating myself to do otherwise, and I’m rarely ever able to fool myself into believing anything mainly out of comfort. I’m one of those who is always compelled to see behind the curtain, so-to-speak, to use any available evidence, logic, and/or valid reasoning before I believe in anything. Also, once anyone becomes familiar enough with my personal philosophical views, they will quickly learn that I believe in things that are very uncomforting and at times quite frightening or depressing. But I continue to believe in them, regardless, due to logic and lines of reasoning that are subject to error and could change the very next day.

Even in the absence of logic and going on instinct, I just never could believe that once my human body dies that my perceiving mind permanently and fully dies along with it never to reemerge, not ever. Think about that for a moment, what that would be like. Try to imagine simply not existing ever again. A hundred years roll by here on Earth, where you once lived as a human, then thousands, then billions, long after planet Earth, then trillions and still no you—not ever again. Not ever. As my grandpa Jack used to often say, “If it can happen once, it can happen again. It is now more difficult for me to believe we don’t continue than to believe we do.

Based on all the evidence I have gathered over the course of my life, thus far, I’m afraid you and I are here to stay, eternally trapped here within this infinite cosmic soup like prisoners, who will at times be treated well for good behavior and at times treated very badly and unjustly, back and forth, forever and ever, for better or worse. So we will have times of suffering as well as times of pleasure, times of sadness as well as times of great joy, moments of wakefulness as well as moments of sleepful rest. It will be perceived by each being to be both good and bad, both beautiful and ugly. Our minds will forever undulate between consciousness and unconsciousness to experience all the beautiful pleasurable highs and all the ugly painful lows and all the moments in between, over and over, in an endless cosmic cycle.


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Why I Don’t Believe in the Big Bang Theory

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There are now multiple variations of the Big Bang Theory, which many believe was partially promoted at first for religious reasons, since it was initially proposed by a Catholic priest, Georges Lemaître, and because it somewhat parallels with the Abrahamic creation story, but it essentially states that all matter and energy of the ‘entire’ universe sprang from a super-heated, infinitely dense singularity point, that the ‘whole’ universe could have once fit on the head of a pin, and that the ‘entire’ universe has been ‘simultaneously’ expanding ever since and may or may not contract and return to a singularity point and possibly do this in a cyclical fashion. As a safe measure, mainstream science is now careful to include the phrase “observable known universe” when describing the BB theory, which is a major improvement.

Before I continue, I would first like to provide my definition of the universe to avoid any confusions, because some people’s view of the universe may vary a bit. The term universe, according to its original use, means the totality of all things that exist and is synonymous with the word cosmos. The term multiverse (multiple universes) is relatively new and was popularized by mainstream, modern science as a fix to work around the limited idea of a finite universe. So as I use the term, any and all subsets of the universe may be called parallel worlds, multiworlds, multiverses, subworlds, etc., but in my view, it’s all a part of the one, overall, infinite uni-verse (meaning one song), the whole package, the entire universal set.

For many decades, scientists, along with documentaries on the subject, have always presented the Big Bang event as a kind of origin story, a beginning to everything. Some sources will actually say that all matter and energy in the universe was “created” during the Big Bang or “originated” from the described singularity before the Big Bang occurred. If anyone was to watch any of the old documentaries made during the 80’s and early 90’s about the cosmos and the Big Bang theory, you’ll usually hear the narrator say things like, “It all ‘started’ with a Bang” or “In the beginning” or “the universe is 13.8 billion years old,” implying that the universe did not always exist—certainly not before the Big Bang because there was no “before,” since time did not yet even exist. I have to quickly say, for anyone to claim that there could ever be a state of the universe where time did not exist, to me, is as nonsensical as saying a triangle can exist without angles. In my opinion, the two can never be divorced. They will always go side-by-side. You can’t have one without the other. What they should say is “The ‘observable portion of the universe’ seems to have been much smaller and denser further back in time and leave it at that. But to mentally rewind or reverse-engineer the entire universe (based on the idea that the universe seems to be expanding in all directions) in a non-stop, uninterrupted, continuous way (which nature never does) is almost as bad as me reverse-engineering the growth of a tree back to the moment of its seed and to continue onward with that projection to say it too sprang from a singularity. Yet we know that’s not true. Nature never does anything so uniformly and continuously without some eventual interruption of its processes. Nature always undulates and quavers and has gradations between the extremes. It always has divisions, sectors, shifts, and gradual changes.

Nowadays, many modern scientists are trying to back-peddle this view of an ultimate beginning, because many scientists have collectively caught on that a universe from nothing is nonsensical, even given quantum theory, and that their own sacred law of conservation (that matter and energy cannot be created nor destroyed but only changed from one form to another) prohibits it, so there must have always been a universe or something, regardless of how dense or hot or frozen in time it once was. However, there are some who vehemently promote the idea that you can get something from nothing and that the universe can spring from nothing, such as Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, who has personally given many oral presentations on the concept. They use all sorts of fancy impressive terminology and complex explanations to describe it, but I just don’t see it or buy it—not yet.

The main reasons I’ve never believed in any of the traditional mainstream Big Bang theories, even from a very young age, is because I could never help but to believe that the universe is infinite as well as eternal. I believe the universe is infinite for a variety of reasons that would be too long to go into, here and now, within this essay. For now, just know it mainly has to do with my conception and world-view model of the universe.

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I believe the universe has always existed and always will, because I could never see how everything could have spontaneously come from nothing (not to suggest the Big Bang theory officially claims it did, because it doesn’t). Fortunately, I’m not alone. Many philosophers as well as scientists have shared that view, all throughout human history. The ancient Greek philosopher Parmenides was one of the first ever known to announce this particular view. He, too, believed that it’s impossible for something to ever come from nothing and for something to ever become nothing. Again, the Big Bang theory doesn’t technically state that all came into existence from nothingness, despite bad documentaries and ill-informed promoters of the theory. It doesn’t explain the ultimate creation of the universe. It only states that the whole universe expanded from somethingness. We have to ask ourselves, how did the somethingness get here? What set the stage to allow such an event to happen? There must have been something that initiated the Big Bang and something that initiated the initiator, and so on, leading to an endless chain of causation. So I concluded many years ago that the universe could not have an ultimate beginning or origin. It has more likely always existed and always will. This, of course, does not necessarily negate the possibility of a Big Bang event, just that the universe doesn’t have an ultimate beginning. So it’s hard for me to see how an infinite eternal universe could have spontaneously sprung from some type of singularity point. Even a cyclical model of the universe that expands and collapses, repeatedly, doesn’t sit well with me (although I do believe the universe is cyclical in many ways), because I don’t see how an infinite universe, the whole thing, could ever be entirely encapsulated on a physical level. I believe it can be encapsulated intellectually and conceptually but not physically. I even believe an infinite series of sub-verses can be encapsulated within any grain of dust or within any subatomic particle, but I don’t believe all copies of the universe can ever be simultaneously encapsulated, not even for the briefest of moments.

There are now a lot of respectable scientists who are finally coming forward and admitting that the BB theory “doesn’t hold water,” that there is not enough valid evidence to support it and there never was. For instance, scientists have repeatedly expressed for years now that the red shifts observed in starlight (that give the impression of an expanding universe according to Hubble’s Law) is more likely due to interstellar dust reducing the energy of these observed electromagnetic waves during their long transit through space and not an indicator of an expanding universe. So it would stand to reason that the further something is from an observer the “redder” it would appear, because it would have more dust to pass through. Scientists have also proposed other more valid theories regarding all the background radiation and have expressed it doesn’t necessary prove that there was a Big Bang event, whereby all matter sprang from. More importantly, modern observations of quasars seem to prove quite firmly, once and for all, that Hubble’s Law, which states that the further away an object is the faster it’s moving away, has its flaws and is not consistent and can’t be relied on. To learn more about these scientific findings and opinions, watch the videos provided below.

UNIVERSE: The Cosmology Quest PART I

For anyone in a hurry, I suggest watching the above video clip starting at 5:35 to 8:00 (only 3 minutes) and then hopefully later on the whole thing.

UNIVERSE: The Cosmology Quest PART 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2uvQ_MJz8&t=1566s

Listen to the part at 19:50 (for at least 5 minutes and then at 24:40)

I also don’t get why the universe was so unevenly distributed if it did come from a singularity point. You would think that such a singularity, as described by the theory, would be perfectly uniform and perfectly symmetrical. If not, why is it asymmetrical? And what caused the first offset in it? This is one of the reasons why I believe there are always antecedents, prior conditions, and external arenas that all things reside in. One could never truly be able to say, “There’s the universe and nothing lies beyond its finite walls or boundaries.”

However, even though I don’t believe in the traditional mainstream Big Bang theory, I do believe big bangs and big crunches, on a more local scale, have and do occur throughout the infinite universe all the time like frothing bubbles within an infinite cosmic bubble bath, where there is a concert of endless spheres of physical reality expanding or exploding as well as contracting or imploding, over and over, in a cyclical fashion. I often think of it as an intricate cosmic conveyor belt, whereby portions of the universe are always growing and expanding and becoming more complex, while other portions are always shrinking, collapsing, and becoming less complex. Things like atoms, molecules, stars and planets are constantly being created or constructed while other parts of the universe are being destroyed or deconstructed. So things expand in a variety of ways and at all possible speeds, relatively speaking. They spring, grow, blossom, and at times even explode to reach their apex, their high cue, their climax, to then reduce, shrink, shrivel up, and ultimately contract. The universe is like one infinite, cosmic garden, laden with an endless number of fruits and berries of all possible colors and sizes that are always blossoming and blooming and coming into fruition as well as in decay or recession. The universe as a whole never does just one or the other, all at once. The totality of it all doesn’t become more ordered, or more complex, or more conscious, or more functional, or more evolved. Overall, it is a conserved system, a perfect balance beam, in every way.

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In a sense, we are in a “Singularity” right now, always have been, always will be, but not as mainstream science describes it of course. In my view, it’s an open-ended, differentiated and eternal singularity that always holds all possible attributes and complexities. It is an eternal tapestry that can never be altered or destroyed or improved upon.

Some may suggest I need to abandon the idea that the universe is infinite, since that view doesn’t agree with mainstream science, and accept that it’s finite and has an ‘edge’ to it. I’ve often wondered, if the universe did have an edge, what would future explorers observe if they ever reached its edge? Would they see an eternal empty blackness or would there be some sort of force field that would prevent them from venturing further beyond that boundary? It’s too difficult for me to image–far more difficult for me to image or accept than an infinite universe. Although, in all fairness, both versions are pretty damn weird!

In my opinion, any view of a first time Big Bang theory, whereby the totality of the whole universe sprang from a singularity point of infinite density and where time was born or set forth is extremely outdated and needs to be done away with as soon as possible. I believe it is leading way too many people astray, both scientists and philosophers and all those in between.

 

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Relativity – The Universe from a Photon’s Point-of-View

Is The Universe Infinite or Finite?

In this video, I discuss how Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity implies that the universe is finite instead of infinite by considering the universe from a photon’s point-of-view. The theory states that as objects increase their velocity, relative to an observer, he or she will measure its length to be less and it’s time to be slower. At the speed of light, 300,000,000 m/s, length shrinks to zero and time stops! So if a photon considers itself to be at rest and that it is the universe that is moving, instead, since motion is relative, then the photon should observe the universe to have zero length and all the motion within the universe to be frozen in time. The idea that the universe could have zero length implies that the universe is finite instead of infinite. However, I believe the universe is infinite (for a variety of reasons I will write about and discuss more in later videos) so there must be a flaw somewhere–maybe in me. 🙂

Don’t hesitate to let me know whether you believe the universe is infinite or finite and why–if you have a strong opinion on the subject.

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The Touch of God

Here’s an oil painting I had started many years ago (around 1996). It’s my version of Michelangelo’s Adam receiving the touch of God’s finger that was painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, meant to express my pantheistic view that the universe is the constant causation of our existence. It’s still a work in progress–talk about a project that’s been on the back burner! I recently took a high resolution digital photo of it, so I could start working on it again, digitally, within Photoshop. It’s nearly complete, but there are still a lot of little things I would like to clean up and do to it, here-and-there.

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“The Touch of God” by Guyus Seralius. Copyright 1996 – 2018.

 

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I Sold My Very First Art Print

I recently sold my very first official art print ever! It was a print of a digital painting I had created titled, “The Greatest Epiphany.” The lucky buyer and owner of this 1st open edition is Edward Tedeschi, who had come across one of my YouTube videos showcasing it. He expressed a strong appreciation for it and asked if he could get a print of it. As fate would have it, I was just gearing up to start selling high quality archival giclee prints onto high quality, acid free paper, so I told him, yes. About a week or two earlier, another fella had also come across another painting of mine titled, “Touch of God” (my pantheistic version of Michelangelo’s Adam about to receive the touch of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), which I had posted on one of my social media sites, but I told him I wasn’t quite ready to provide prints just yet. I need to track him down. I sure hope to continue producing and selling prints of my artwork. 

To view more samples of my artwork, please visit my website at www.guyusart.com

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17″ x 24″ on Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170). Copyright 2018.

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17″ x 24″ on Premium Semigloss Photo Paper (170). Copyright 2018.

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Below is the other digital painting I mentioned above titled, “The Touch of God.”
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My Grim Reaper for Halloween Themed Art

Okay, here’s my Grim Reaper I digitally composed and rendered in Photoshop to get into the Halloween spirit. This took me several days and many hours, so I sure hope it’s appreciated by all those who love this holiday and season.  And to anyone who may be interested, I recorded a live video stream of me adding some finishing touches to it, which I will insert down below.

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Below is a brief video of me adding some finishing touch-ups on my Grim Reaper, using Photoshop, for some Halloween themed art. It’s a video from my Facebook timeline.

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Halloween Creature Drawing

Here’s the finished results of the Halloween creature I drew during a LIVE Facebook video stream on Oct 21, 2018. I basically did some more shading, fixed her left ring finger, added some more grass blades, and then just cleaned up unwanted lines and smudges. It was fun to draw and helped me to get into the Halloween spirit.  If anyone still wants to watch that video to watch the drawing process, I’ll insert it down below.

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This is me, in the video below, attempting to draw a creepy Halloween creature in the unique style of my artistic friend Angie Dilaj. Feel free to skip ahead about 9 mins, because I didn’t realize how light toned my initial sketching was–you could hardly see it. I’ll remember that for next time and will use a darker pencil sooner. Although, I do discuss interesting things in the first 9 minutes. 🙂

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Below is a link to Angie Dilaj’s Inktober Album on her Facebook Page, Art Inspiration. She has a lot of cool artwork on it, so give it a gander.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/angiedilajart/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2364064967004550

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Drawing a Hot Teen Girl in a Wheatfield-Time Lapse Video

Here is a time-lapse video of me drawing a hot teen girl in a wheatfield. It took me 18 hours and 57 minutes to complete but is sped up 60 to 100 times faster so you can enjoy the whole process in a little over 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Music: All For You by Tom Day http://soundcloud.com/tomdays

Below is a high resolution image of the finished portrait resting on my art desk.

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Three Main Reasons to Become a Vegan

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I just celebrated my first year anniversary, on April 30th, for becoming a vegan in 2017, and I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I definitely look forward to many more years to come as a happy, healthy vegan.

Most of what we have been told for decades, in terms of what we should be eating to be healthy, is actually the complete opposite. Even top nutritionists have been misled or outright lied to by those claiming to be experts on the subject, involving bogus studies and misinterpreted experiments, mainly due to the profit-driven motives of the animal food industries who make billions each year.

Leading scientists and nutritionists are now realizing that the consumption of animal-based products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs are linked to most illnesses, diseases, and cancers. There is a huge wealth of information, provided by multiple reliable studies and experiments, that clearly reveals three main reasons why we should all become vegans and eat a strictly plant-based diet.

1. Eating animal-based products is extremely detrimental to your health.

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The top 15 leading causes of death in the United States and in most other developed countries have been scientifically linked to the consumption of animal-based products. The complete list of illnesses, diseases and cancers is too long to go into now as well as the health benefits that come with minimizing or entirely removing those type of foods, but know there is a great deal of evidence that shows a person who lives strictly on a plant-based diet is far more healthier, stronger, and will live longer and better fight off cancers and even reverse many illnesses and diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ED, inflammatory bowel diseases (irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease) just to name a few. A vegan diet has also proven to greatly alleviate ADD and ADHD and to help one overcome severe drug addictions in far less time.

Source: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death (YouTube video lecture by Dr. Greger)

The meat and dairy and egg industries have paid millions and even billions over the decades to push the false view that we need these unhealthy food products to live and thrive. They have fooled and/or collaborated with top universities, researchers, nutritionists, publishers, TV shows, and websites to lie to consumers and to suppress the truth; that all our nutritional needs can be gained strictly from a plant-based diet and that animal-based products are in fact bad for us, for the animals, and for our planet.

2. Eating animal-based products is extremely detrimental to the environment.

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Factory farming is one of the main causes of Green House Gases which is scientifically believed to be the leading cause of Global Warming. Mass breeding of livestock is also the main cause of deforestation all over the planet which has reach an alarming unsustainable rate! Currently, to have enough land to grow enough grain to feed all the mass-bred livestock and to graze them, 1 acre of forest is being cut down every second! More and more land is needed each year, because the human population is exploding and so is their appetite for meat, dairy, and eggs.

Factory farming of animals consumes intolerable amounts of freshwater. As Rachel Curit from One Green Planet explains, “Meat, dairy, and eggs require more water to “produce” than any other food out there. Farmed animals eat 70% of the grains and cereals grown in the United States and those grains have to be watered to grow! In fact, it takes 100 calories of grain to produce three calories worth of beef. And it requires 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat. According to the American Meat Institute itself, in 2012 America produced 26 billion pounds of beef. So it took roughly 65 trillion gallons of water to produce beef in 2012. And that is just beef. Fortunately, each one of us can make a huge impact by simply rethinking our diet. Just imagine if everyone cut their meat consumption by one-third. If you eat one-third less meat, then you use one-third less water. We could go even further and cut our meat consumption in half and the impact would be that much greater. The truth is, whether you decide to eat less meat or you abstain from it all together, we all can make a big difference on our individual water footprint with the power of our forks and knives.”

“By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock. With the wealth of available plant-based options available, it has never been easier to eat with the planet in mind.”

Source: One Green Planet
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/how-does-eating-meat-impact-your-water-footprint

3. Eating animal-based products is extremely cruel to animals, given how they are routinely raised and slaughtered.

I almost didn’t include the link to the documentary titled, “Earthlings,” which shows hidden camera footage of what all takes place in the lives of these animals (how they are cruelly raised, terribly treated, and then horribly slaughtered), because I think the content is way too strong and dark for most people’s minds to psychologically handle. I couldn’t watch it all, myself. I had no idea this was going on or even legal. Just know it is very cruel, very dark, and very inhumane!

Ever since I went vegan, my health has dramatically improved well beyond any placebo effect (I had been struggling with a severe digestive illness for over 10 years) and my freshwater and carbon footprint has been greatly reduced, which should help our planet, and of course I’m saving the lives and ill treatment of animals. So I definitely prefer the vegan way and still have no desires to turn back. I owe a strong debt of gratitude and thanks to three vegan friends who helped to open my eyes with knowledge and wisdom and, thus, inspired me to go vegan. They are, drum roll, Poffo OrtizAngie Dilaj, and Chandler Klebs. Thanks you guys! You helped to change my life for the better and likely helped to save it!

Below, is a list of some very good documentaries that could help change your whole view on what you should and shouldn’t be eating in order to maximize your health and the health of the planet (animal-based foods vs plant-based foods). I listed them in the order I recommend.

  1. Forks over Knives – discusses many of the unhealthy aspects of an animal-based diet as well as the healthy benefits of a plant-based diet (available on Netflix).
  2. Food Choices – another really good documentary discussing many of the health benefits of a plant-based diet and much of the harm an animal-based diet causes to your health and to the planet (available on Netflix).
  3. Cowspiracy – this documentary mainly discusses the harm factory farming is doing to the environment and our planet (available on Netflix).
  4. What The Health – discusses much of the corruption by the meat, dairy, and egg industries who over the decades have infiltrated all the main government regulatory agencies meant to protect us the consumers and our health, such as The American Cancer Association (ACA), American Heart Association (AHA), The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA), and The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by inserting their own hired members where there is major conflicts of interests–profits before people (this may still be available on YouTube but keeps getting removed).
  5. Food, Inc. – also discusses corruption and legal bullying by those powerful food corporations at the top (available on Netflix).
  6. Earthlings hidden cameras were snuck into slaughter houses to show the horrible nightmarish condition animals are raised in and how they’re slaughtered. If your mind and stomach are strong enough, you can watch it for free by clicking this link, http://documentary-movie.com/earthlings
  7. The Gerson Miracle – discusses a very effective natural therapy and cure for cancer and most chronic diseases. It was discovered many years ago in 1928 by a doctor named Max Gerson who lived to the age of 117, but was suppressed and even made illegal to practice in the United States. Gerson discovered that the two main causes of most cancers and diseases are toxin overloads and nutrient deficiencies. The therapy is essentially a vegan diet involving lots of organic juicing and detoxing your body, which has been clinically shown to be extremely effective in fighting off many diseases, illnesses, and even aggressive cancers. To find this documentary, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj8JoJXP9dI or simply type in the title within YouTube’s search engine. You can also find a lot of good information on Dr. Max Gerson and his daughter Charlotte Gerson, who has continued her father’s work by Googling his or her name.
  8. DRAMATIC NEWS FROM CHARLOTTE GERSON – a very good video of Charlotte Gerson (Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter) discussing the Gerson Therapy and healthy eating at the 2012 Health and Healing Crusade. To watch it, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL5qSegu2ds&t=893s

YouTube Video Clips (mostly 5-10 mins long)

Meat and Dairy Gives You Diabetes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIcSPwsNUyE
Vegan Blood Kills Cancer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fSabEgAAJo
Cause and Cure?: Ulcerative Colitis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hceq5FUpadA
The Starch Solution – John McDougall MD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XVf36nwraw
Inspiration | 102 Years Young
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa7Ob19d5SE
Dr OZ Says Vegan Is The Big Movement of 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J182ImE20NA
How Your Body Transforms On A Vegan Diet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKp8-X1zZqo
How to Prevent Deficiencies on a Vegan Diet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKwnMCEp3HM
Diet Debunked: The Ketogenic Diet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzHLAqyO7PQ
Antinutrients: The Dark Side of Plants?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HbsyF-xBkc

Good YouTube Channels on Veganism

Mic. The Vegan – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGJq0eQZoFSwgcqgxIE9MHw
VegSource – https://www.youtube.com/user/headveg
Happy Healthy Vegan – https://www.youtube.com/user/HappyHealthyVegan
John McDougall – https://www.youtube.com/user/drmcdougallmd
Veggie Channel – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Veggie+Channel
BonnyRebecca – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOu3SAozsyQyKE2wDAIJtdQ
The Vegan Activist – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE0yGL4Bgs2QNomOrslyLtw

Good Vegan Websites

The Natural Human Diet
http://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet

Common Anti-Vegan Arguments
https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-slusher/common-anti-vegan-arguments-how-to-quickly-refute-the-same-lame-excuses-that-are/120926087965760

A response to typical comments vegans hear from non-vegans
http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2012/02/response-to-typical-comments-vegans.html

Gerson Institute – http://gerson.org/gerpress

I’m fairly confident at this point, after watching these documentaries and video clips and after reading countless articles, that veganism is the diet and lifestyle of the future! People of the future will look back on meat and dairy consumption the way we currently look back on the times when people routinely smoked cigarettes. Studies show that you can likely extend your life 40 or more years by becoming a vegan. Another way to put it is you could dramatically shorten your life by not becoming a vegan, it’s your choice, but I strongly recommend that you go vegan. Please do it for your own health, for the animals, and for our planet. You can make a difference!

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A Flash from The Past- Skipping High School to Eat at Burger King in 1992

Back in 1992, almost every day, during lunch period, me and a few friends would skip school to smoke cigarettes and to eat at Burger King. The funny thing is I had come up with the brilliant idea of just casually walking out the front doors with complete confidence as though we definitely had permission to leave. My friends were a little afraid to experiment and try this reverse psychology on the administrators, who might be watching, but it worked every time. No one ever stopped us or asked to see our pass. Many of the other kids who tried to sneak out the traditional way, like suspiciously out a side or back door, got caught and punished. When returning, we would again simply walk right through the front doors. On one occasion, we took a video camera with us and documented one of our skips. I finally had it digitized from an old VHS tape, so here it is. Enjoy!

Oh, and by the way, I can no longer recommend this type of fast food, such as the food offered by Burger King, because I now believe it to be poisonous to our bodies! And now that I’m a non-smoker, I hope this video doesn’t encourage tobacco use by anyone of any age, because it has proven to be way too harmful to one’s health.

 

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