I have just seen a documentary about the new lifestyle called “the vegan diet”. It was impressive and based on simple facts. It caught my attention. Since I always step aside the conventional path of research I make an experiment.
I’m looking beyond the promised improved health, animal saving and ethical benefits. I also leave aside the benefit that we might save the world if we consume less meat. I go straight forward to ask myself: “Who were famous vegetarians?”.
First, I need to clarify a thing. Vegan is a pretty new word hence to look for historical vegans I still need to look for vegetarians. There is no distinction in history.
So, I take a short trip to heaven (or however the respective religion calls it). Apparently, I will find them in heaven because they don’t kill to eat. So, I’m here now at the entrance to heaven and ask for the cloud the vegetarians are on. Arriving on it I already have all my interesting questions prepared on a paper and I nervously start to ask.
Dear vegetarians, I have a few questions for you.
– How could, you live without eating meat. Wasn’t it the reason why mankind could evolve that far?
– Where are you getting all your protein from which your body so urgently needs?
– Where do you get your vitamin B12 from which you need for your brain to function?
– How do you cover your daily dose of nutrients?
– What do you eat at all?
– Isn’t living on a plant-based diet complicated?
I just want to continue my questions when I looked up and saw the questioning eyes of:
Pythagoras, Plato, Plutarch, St. Frances of Assisi, Leonardo da Vinci, Martin Luther, Sir Isaac Newton, Voltaire, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, Hans Christian Anderson, Leo Tolstoy, Vincent van Gogh, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Albert Einstein, H.G. Wells …