August 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm (Quotes, Random)
Tags: Filters, Hot Water, Impurities, Lead, Quote, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tap Water, Vegan, Vegetarian, Water Heater
Tidbit of the day:
Using cold tap water is safer than using hot tap water for cooking. This lies in the fact that hot tap water may have been (and most likely was) sitting in your water heater for some time, allowing it to obtain more impurities and increased lead amounts. The difference in the amount of time the hot water vs. cold water would take to boil is minimal, so it is best to use cold water whenever possible. If you have a filter on your faucet, this is not as large of a concern since filters are built to, well, filter impurities including lead. However, filtering hot water will most likely decrease the life of your filter because of the extra strain.
So remember, the few extra minutes it takes for cold water to boil is worth it!!
Quote of the day:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson–
Yet another short, sweet and deep quote from our fellow veg Ralph Waldo Emerson!!!
August 7, 2008 at 8:30 am (Quotes)
Tags: Alexander Hamilton, Quote
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
–Alexander Hamilton, 1st United States Secretary of Treasury, military officer, historical figure–
All I have to say is: believe in something so strongly that you are willing to fight for it. Whether that be veganism, animals, human rights, your spouse or whatever you wish. I just think that everyone should have a passion in life, otherwise your life will not be full.
August 6, 2008 at 2:59 am (Quotes)
Tags: Inventor, Quote, Thomas Edison
“Until we stop harming all living beings, we are still savages.”
–Thomas A. Edison, American inventor, invented light bulb and phonograph and 100s more things!–
Need I say more?
I will be writing at least a couple posts today, sorry for the lack of posts yesterday! I was quite busy! We all know how that can be!
August 3, 2008 at 3:34 pm (Quotes)
Tags: Charles Mayo, Mayo Clinic, Quote
“I abhor vivisection. It should at least be curbed. Better, it should be abolished. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery, that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty. The whole thing is evil.”
–Charles Mayo, Found of the Mayo Clinic–
I guess this quote really should have been posted the day of the Petri Dish Meat post, as this quote expresses one of my reasons quite well. But oh well, better late than never!
July 31, 2008 at 11:54 pm (Quotes)
Tags: Animal Suffering, Jeremy Bentham, Quote
“The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?”
–Jeremy Bentham, Philosopher, 1748 to 1832–
I don’t think anything needs to be added to this poignant quote.
July 29, 2008 at 2:12 am (Quotes, Uncategorized)
Tags: Leo Tolstoy, Quote, Vegetarian, Western Diets
I’m so proud of myself, blogging the quote of the day when it really can be called that . I figured out my issue with the publish later feature of wordpress. So hopefully this will be a common occurrence: on time quotes!
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
–Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher–
Yes, the man that has befuddled many a college student or literary lover with War and Peace was in fact a vegetarian! They say that vegetarians/vegans have higher IQs (obviously the case since I’m so brilliant! jk) so now we know why his books are so complicated to read. Which I’m sure gives meat eaters another reason to dislike Tolstoy, wishing that he could have dumbed down his books a wee bit for them! (Yes I am joking, it doesn’t matter what you eat, Tolstoy is a complicated read!)
I find the quote interesting for a number of reasons, mainly because I completely agree. But it is also interesting due to the fact that nowadays so many people proclaim that it is unhealthy to be vegan or vegetarian. I wonder if it was in fact the same way in Russia during his lifetime. The amount of issues this world is plagued with (at least those who have or are adopting “western style” diets) you would think would lead people to understand that a diet swarming with meat isn’t any good–so what is their reasoning for thinking our diets could possibly be worse???
June 24, 2008 at 2:44 am (Quotes)
Tags: Emerson, Endangered species, Quote, Vegetarian
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson–
Emerson, while being a fantastic famous author, was also a vegetarian. To be honest, I did not choose this quote because of this. I always greatly enjoyed his writing and quotes long before I discovered he was also vegetarian–this only made the quotes mean more to me.
Wrapped in this eloquently stated quote, I see Emerson urging mankind to stop taking things for granted. Enjoy the beauty of nature, loved ones, and life. Too often all we do in life is run around not paying attention to what is around us. However, if something were to disappear, only then would we stop and realize how long we had taken it for granted. Oh, how easily this can be applied to everyday life! It could even be applied to human foolishness when it comes to extinct/endangered species. That species’ role DOES matter, don’t take for granted everything will continue as usual.
Stop, look, listen. What are you missing?
June 22, 2008 at 2:44 am (Quotes)
Tags: Quote, Vegetarianism
Hi! Today will be the very first installment of the quote of the day. Yes, they may in fact usually be regarding vegetarianism/veganism or animal rights but the occasional random one with slip through as well. I have always enjoyed quotes and find that they can inspire you when you least expect it. Or they can thoroughly confuse you, either way your brain gets a workout! =) So for my very first quote of the day I leave it to a legend that happens to also be an insect…err or maybe just an honorary member of the insect family!
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” –Sir Paul McCartney
So very true. If this in fact were the case many more people would understand why animal rights are so near and dear to our hearts. And I guarantee that there would be millions more vegans in the world, however I am not so naive as to think everyone would convert. There is still the fact that not everyone would be exposed to those glass walls.