The question of adopting a vegan lifestyle extends far beyond the labels of ‘vegan’ or ‘carnivore.’ Indeed, what matters most is not the diet itself but the motivation and beliefs underlying one’s dietary choices. Many who embark on a vegan journey do so for highly emotive reasons, such as compassion for animals. However, if these emotions clash with deeper, unacknowledged desires or needs, the resulting cognitive dissonance can be more detrimental to one’s health than any food choice. The same applies to those who adopt an extreme carnivorous diet, a trend that is only now gaining momentum.
It’s crucial to emphasize that the debate surrounding veganism often distracts from a more nuanced issue: the quality of the relationship one has with the food they consume and the energy exchanges involved. Our dietary needs can differ based on numerous factors, including physical health, spiritual beliefs, and even the collective consciousness we participate in. Hence, it’s not a simple equation of plant-based versus animal-based sustenance; it’s about aligning one’s diet with both physiological needs and personal beliefs in a balanced manner.
The focus should be on holistic well-being, where the spiritual and physical dimensions coalesce. For some, this might involve an animal-based diet that honors the life consumed through practices steeped in gratitude and spiritual symbiosis. For others, plant-based sustenance might be the ideal choice, but it should be pursued with a consciousness that plants, too, are living beings. To be in authentic alignment, one should examine their deep-rooted beliefs about nutrition and life. This could mean reassessing societal norms or even questioning scientific consensus, both of which often reflect broader, collective beliefs rather than individual needs.
We must also consider the influence of social media, which often amplifies extreme positions and contributes to mental and emotional imbalances. The real enemy is not a specific diet but the extremism it can foster—this is where the actual psychological damage occurs. The fight should not be against a particular dietary lifestyle but against the extreme ideologies that social media perpetuates, causing individuals to oscillate between harmful extremes.
In sum, the key to a healthier life lies not in the food we eat but in our relationship with it—how we consume it, why we consume it, and the emotional and spiritual dimensions we bring to that act of consumption. The more aligned we are with our true selves, the less room there is for extremism and the negative health impacts that come with it.