You can stay here, but you have to eat what we eat…

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gentleworldWhile this statement may come off as the seemingly innocuous opening to the beginning of a classic horror flic or at the very least a psychological thriller, it is in fact the beginning of my veganism which is still thundering along some 6 and a half years now.
There I was, confused and wondering what to do, I had just separated ways with my former patron/employer in Hawaii and had no clue of where to go or what to do and the 2 weeks I managed to wrangle for myself was coming to an end. I was spending a lot of time in Hilo, the East Side of Hawaii, super lush and a bit more to do as it had the University there and Pahoa and Puna were super close by.
My birthday was coming and I decided to get a guitar, you know, learn something that would grow into a lover and a best friend, kick around the globe just me n my guee-tar…
Boy oh boy, I called up from an ad I saw posted on the wall of the organic shop in the Hilo shopping center and talked with a guy named Birds. In our talk I told him that if i was gonna drive for 3 hours to get take a look at this guitar, it had better be something special… little did I know what was in store!
I found the house within the myriad of Hawaiiana directions including taking a left after such and such a house, or a right after the yellow children crossing sign and of course, let us not forget to drive by the big grove of pine trees.  True directions that you can really sink your teeth into… Hawaiian style!
When I arrived in my used Toyota 4Runner, which a bit of back story will help for the scene set up as I had been having transmission troubles and losing fluid…
As I was saying…  When I arrived I noticed that some people, plural, gathered round to check me out and in so doing were not looking at me so much as at the ground beneath my truck.
When I got out and introduced myself, I quickly asked a multitude of questions to try and figure out what kind of setting I was now finding myself as I was now semi surrounded by 5 people and no one knew of my guitar.
Who are you guys, does anyone know of a “Birds”, whats the name of this area, is that your farm, why do so many of you live in the house and, why are you all looking at the ground?
To which the eldest gentleman replied, you are at GentleWorld, we’re a vegan community, yes this is all ours including the farm, Birds is down at the garden [farm], and you’re truck is leakin’ all the way down our driveway, looks like you aren’t going to be able to get very far… well, you can stay here, but you have to eat what we eat.”
“What do you eat” I asked with no small amount of trepidation.
“We’re Vegan”, he replied, he being Light, the main founder at the Gentle World Community.

On that day, my life was forever transformed, my first meal of the day was scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and homefreis with butter, toast with butter and coffee.  My next meal would be a giant salad, seitan with some sort of gravy and steamed kale and swiss chard.  I would never turn back to my original way of eating.

Thus began a three month training in which I not only learned farming and how to replace a Toyota Transmission seal, which, if you have never had the joy of said work, imagine taking two months of 3 to 4 hours a day disassembling the entire drive train from a vehicle only to realize the part you are replacing is a 7 dollar ‘o’ ring, that would usually cost 1500 in labor to install [By doing ‘impossible’ tasks, you demystify your world and let in room for real magic]!  What horses ass is responsible for auto design is beyond me.

But I digress from why you are hear…  I learned how to be vegan, which is a bit more complex than simply ditching meat and diary in exchange for fruits, nuts and veggies.

One of the biggest set backs for people aspiring to make the change, is precisely to much of a headstrong charge, almost as though they are worried that they may change their minds.  Next thing they are at the grocery store buying up anything and everything that does not include eggs, milk or meat [this includes fish, yes I have been asked it that many times that I need to reinforce this fact – HEAVILY=].  Upon returning home you look at your assorted groceries on the table, floor, refrig and wonder to yourself…WTF?

As with anything, go into it with eyes wide open and as the story relates, give it some time… give any change in your life some time.  Anything worth having takes time.

You are going to have to learn some basics about what your body needs to survive and since you are doing this for your overall health to feel better, you want to know what your body needs to thrive.  Big difference between the two.  One is stoked to be alive the other is trying to figure out how best to stay that way.

I was most fortunate to find, or perhaps to be found by Gentleworld as one of the biggest surprises to me came about the 2nd to 3rd month in where I began to heavily detox.  You must first get a clear understanding of the food you are eating when you eat animal products.  There is a lot of saturated fat, in this saturated fat is all manner of chemicals and antibiotics and anything else that was going on/in/or around the animals world.  it is now in you.  Further, when you eat animal products you “trap” fragments of your world as well.  I do believe at one point I nearly fell out during a particularly hard days work with what i can only describe as a coke flashback!

Again, being with this group allowed me to understand what was happening and to make it through this portion of the experience where i would come to learn many people assume the diet is making them sick, when in fact, the exact opposite is happening and they are finally breaking through to a level of health as yet unexperienced by them!  It literally pays to have guidance from such a solid grounded source like the Gentleworld Community!

Thats the story of how I became vegan.  In the next article Im gong to pen my musings to this electronic sheet and do my best to make a pain free as possible transition to a healthier way of eating which will be plant based and dairy free.  Aloha!

gentleworld

Know your food, know thyself, or something like that….

 

Its clear as day down here

3rd world… 1st world, there will always be a sort of third world or under class countries, its how you keep the schmoes in the first world country happy.  The rulers f the third world countries and first world countries made thier deal and depending on where you first poked your head out of a vagina, there is your first roll of dice by the fates.
For those of the first world…  The thinking that getting starbucks is equivalent to having it all worked out, well, bingo moron, its the same down here, just not as many options, but same shit, has been that way since man put it all together and you voted for and continue to vote for today.
You wake up, depending on the time and your position, your morning ritual will vary. Some of you will have time to grab a McScrewU to go with a cuppa joe, others a starbucks latte with a pastry, some perhaps a power green smoothie and a power bar and others will have poached eggs on toast triangles with Blue Mountain cofee served in Sterling Silver, on and on up the food chain, the higher you go, the more choices you have.
Most of the workers herel Mexico (considered by you and your govt to be 3rd world) have three options, OXXO, which is akin to 7-11, local super tiny joints with home coffee brewer as coffee service or coffee simply at home.
Why am I prostelytizing… I guess Im sick of living a lie and now that it is so abundantly clear to me, I want everyone else to stop living it as well.  Right, like if I found the cure for cancer or aids or stupidity, I would share it with evryone, this, for me is a potemtial cure for ignorance.  Once you are able to look at how the food you eat got on your plate, you are in bliss.  I have posted the video “Farm to Fridge”, what, I dunno, 15 times on Facebook, usually the same two people like it everytime.  i post a picture of a guy getting a soccerball in the face, BAM, 20 likes…?
And yet you all eat, but NO ONE wants to even talk about it, no one wants to know.  You dont even want to know, dont want to see.  You dont wish to hear about how your greens and fruits come from far and wide….  No, none of that, then you may have to realize the life you live is a L I E.  Unfortunately for me, the reason this is all so moving for me, is it is a lie for me as well.  I never once in my current position could do what I am doing without help from many.  My food, my bike, tent, etc.  I didnt make a bit, nor a stitch of my clothing,mso, please understand, I do not decry your actions as evil, so much as Inwish this to be a mutual comiseration of guilt in the hopes of making some real change…
Well, liars or not, moving on….
Unless you are at the top of the command chain, you are a cog, you think youre not but thats only because you allow yourself the comfort of ignorance (arrogance is usually just before the fall:). You think you arent a cog and yet most of what you do is base on fear of what will happen if you dont do it, produced by situations you dont really want yet wont “fit in” unless you do them!  What kind of existence is that, and then we teach generation after generation to do the same, which at this point, with the veritable cornucopia of knowledge floating around, you are essentially teaching ignorance generation after generation.
I just passed by a couple mega farms down here, the produce of which will see the U.S. before it trickles back  the country it was grown in.  Driscolls and FreshPac were the two farms I saw….  all those veggies you eat, yummy goodness, both organic and non organic and by god he chemical factories down here, you had best be getting the organic, or your hosed, we see it first hand, cause we are here, you are not, you are the consumer, be informed.  There are chemical companies down here by the dozen.  Why, if I were in the market for petro chemical fertilizer, bug sprays, weed killers, you name it, no problem, try to find a bottle of simple ice tea with no sugar, problem.
Point is, its in your food, we saw three tractors geared for spraying leaving a chem plant this morning, the drivers, dressed like NEST response team members at an alien crash landing…  Plants absorb chemicals, this may be rocket science to some, but it is true none the less.
Your food is being grown in a desert and shipped to you.  Even if it is “organic”, It is grown with water that isnt drinkable, thats why everyone buys bottled water, in the whole country… You didnt think they watered the many acres of berries and greens with bottled water for you… ?!?HAHAHAHAHA!
Of course its not grown in your own country or the E.U., (for those given the basic US education, E.U., stands for European Union, that big clump of area above Africa where your diamonds and a lot of oil and raw materials come from, and to the left of Mother Russia, who once they chilled out with thier Commie Antics, your government then created “Terrorists” to take up the potential slack in defense spending.).
Why does it go to EU and USA, cause all they do is grow genetically modified soy, wheat, corn, cotton and rice (this is a blanket statement for the production of the ENTIRE USA and E.U., dont be upset if you know a guy who has a farm and grows eggplants, thats great, really is, its just that it doesnt represent your country anymore, it represents what you wish your country would do, but instead you keep voting not only at the joke elections, but at the supermarket, and you what you buy is then subsidised by thier respective governments as it is a more valuable crop.  Cause you eat unhealthy, dont believe me, why then is there an “Obesity Epidemic”?  Riddle me that…
Know we can start to put some of this insane picture together, or we can simply call of this incoherent rambling and continue being ignorant, which is fine, that kind of works itself out in the hospital later….  Just sayin, it does, and YOU KNOW it does.
So what can you do?  Enough bashing me and tell me where to sign on!  I wish it were so easy.  I used to think that if I ate healthy, I was doing something good for the planet, but, when you peer a little closer….well, lets do just that!
When you buy from a mega health store such as Whole Foods, you arent helping anything or anyone in the world but yourself.  If you really wanted to do the world a favor with the standard hippie/yuppie new age vegan organic field raised etc etc etc, save the planet diet, you would eat what is readily available in your area where you live.  Problem is you have this job and cant afford to move just yet to a place where you can grow your own veggies and milk your own fing cow and blah blah blah?… but thats a goal of yours.  Like you would really milk a cow, you cant even sprout a seed!
In the meantime more beer from monks in France, cheese from Holland, crackers from Germany, veggies and fruit from the rest of the Americas (you are a citizen of the United States of America, ths oweer is only one part of America as a whole, for instance, people in Mexico, live in America, they do not live in the United States.  People in Guatemala, they too live in America, they live in Central America….  I know a whole Xenophobia thing, its O.K., you were taught that, the ignorance thing, well, at least you were taught its O.K., as for doing it on a daily basis, thats all you…) and there you are, healthy person helping out right.?  Do you really think so?  You must be able to tell that by buying things that are shipped in from all over the world because they arent grown OR -M A D E- in your country you are definitely contributing to an imbalance, especially when the people that grow/make the damn shit in the first place cant even afford to buy it or are even given the CHANCE to do so!
Its a tough world, especially if you find yourself a parent or morals, now you have to make peace with the fact that you are stealing from future generations with your purpose driven ignorance.
Maybe thats mans affliction, a “Purpose Driven Ignorance”, or PDI, caused by the ability to rationalize coupled with a linear time frame.  We’ll get into that later…
Now of course, time for me to be the hypocritical healthy guy and have a beer, one that I am proud to say is brewed and bottled here, but like up the road, we passed it on the ride in:)

 

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