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Agree to Disagree – We Have Agreed:


My friend and I are of two minds, she is a Vegetarian and I am a Meat Eater from birth. Grew up on a ranch that grass-fed our cattle, had free range chicken etc.  We also grew our own vegetables and fruit as much as possible.  My father was a big believer in faith and life that you used every aspect of a vegetable and animal that you possibly use, then return the rest to the Earth and give thanks to its’ sacrifice, so that your life could continue.

I have moved from the country to the city, so I may not have carried over EVERY teaching and tradition my father taught me but, I still give thanks for each mouthful I take and for each animal AND PLANT that gives their life so that my life may continue.

Yet, I was recently told that no matter how humane a farm/ranch is to take an animal’s life for food and eat animals is abuse. Ok, I understand this person’s point of view, which my best friend holds as well.  However, my question is this; if eating an animal is abuse then what do you call us encroaching onto the animal’s home’s with houses, cars, roads? you are such animal advocates. Perhaps give up your home, give up your car, a study shows 89 million to 340 million birds suffer fatal injuries from vehicle encounters annually, a range that accounts for dead birds taken by scavengers, carcasses missed by researchers and other uncertainties.  Or perhaps you should boycott skyscrapers, up to a billion birds die in collisions with the glass each year in the United States.

Then there is culling animal breeds: Read this article about the pros and cons of the habit and if it is considered ethical.  In Oklahoma, the habit is used frequently to get the population of deer and cougars down cause they can become overpopulated fast! It also keeps the illegal, unethical killing of animals to a limit cause there is a threat of legal action.

<just a wondering, hypothetical thought> I also wonder what a vegetarian would do if they found themselves facing a wild animal or some other animal who meant them harm? or meant to use “THEM” for food. Would they sit back and say killing the animal is abuse? Because, in the country many times killing an animal is just that life or death, to protect yourself, your family, and that of your livestock/pets. Because there are other animals in this world who are not of the mindset “we can only eat vegetables” That is why some of us – Animals and Animals (which is what we humans are) have canine teeth.

So, as long as I am a  human animal and apart of the food chain I am not going to feel guilty about being part of that food chain and eating vegetables OR meat. That is right, if you feel bad for animals then why not vegetables they are leaving entities too. It has been scientifically proven that they feel pain when part of them is cut off.  So, what makes it right to eat one living entity and not the other? Serious question folks.

Until I can have this seriously answered to me I am going to remain eating my meat and vegitables and continue giving thanks to both for giving me the ability to continue living. Continue giving thanks to the Great Being for giving me life and to Mother Earth for giving nutrients to both animals and plants alike.

We will continue to agree to disagree.

 

 

Credits and Information:

 

More information and arguments on con/pros for vegetarian or not:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xd74nd/we-asked-a-botanist-how-sure-science-is-that-plants-cant-feel-pain-302

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-hunting/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140305-culling-badgers-deer-bison-swans-ethics-conservation/

https://abcbirds.org/program/glass-collisions/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/05/29/bird-deaths-car-crashes/9623931/

Featured image: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/food/vegan-vs-meat-eater

Just Noticed!!!!


I just noticed I am 1 follower away from 1,000 followers! Thank you to all those, 999, who are following me and reading my wondering thoughts.

Share this blog and let’s see if I can get that 1,000! Once I hit 1,000 I do a give away of one of my paintings.  So, share, share, share!!!

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Your Dreams Who Owes You?


As I have said many times my mother is/was my number one mentor in life. She pushed me through school. Not only High School but College as well.  When I graduated from High School I gave her my graduation hat and told her it was as much hers as mine.  She was a single parent and even when she was working two jobs to feed us and pay the bills she pushed me to keep going even when I felt low and helped me to study every day.

She taught me to reach for the golden ring if I missed the first or second time around than just try harder and reach further out the next time.

Yeah, sometimes you might fall off that carousel horse while reaching for the golden ring, but then you get right back up, dust yourself off and go again until you capture the ring!

Because we all have to work for what we want. If we have kids, than we as adults/parents signed a contract with those children and with the higher power to help and guide them to capture the golden ring without falling off and getting hurt, as best as we are able, until they are out of college then help via support and love for the rest of our lives.

No one can give a person their dreams. Perhaps someone can help reach out and grab that golden ring if we are willing to ask for their help.  But they can not do the work alone. No one can just hand that golden ring over to another person, not your parents, not a spouse, not even our higher power.

Sure there are those who inherit riches, like Donald Trump.  However, even those who have inherited  lots of money has to work to keep that money. If they want to remain rich, then they have to do the work to remain so, to earn more money to replace the money they spend or to invest smartly so that they do not end up bankrupt.

However, if we allow it anyone can take our self-worth, and our dreams from us through their actions and their words.

Don’t let them!

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Homeless Jesus:


On top of the news of the Supreme Court passing the law to give all GLBT individuals the right to marry, my wife and I were texting this morning about a statue that is downtown it is at one of our local bus stops, near a church, the statue titled; “Homeless Jesus”.  It is a figure of a person curled up on a bench with a blanket over him and all you can see is his hands holding the blanket and his feet sticking out.  His hands and feet both have holes in them.  

It had me wondering: has the Bible story of Jesus been told in true context and not  translated it to mean to themselves.

Jesus was a homeless man partly by choice do to traveling and speaking the world of god, but also because that when he did seek shelter, many times he would be turned away by those who did not believe and saw him as nothing more than a beggar.

Those who valued their THINGS and their money over humanity instead of helping another human being in need, choose to turn a blind eye on who this man at their door was, and saw just a dirty beggar instead of God’s Son who was here walking among his people preaching his father’s word, studying to reach enlightenment himself. For he said many times; “I will live and walk among my people”  So, who were his people? The rich that valued their THINGS and money, that turned away those in need? Or those who were poor and welcomed others with open arms, was welling to share what they had even if it wasn’t much?

I am not saying all the poor and none of the reach were his people.  No – there were some rich who gave to the poor and welcomed Jesus into their homes, let him rest, eat, and bath.  These people received the same blessings that those who he lived and walked among.   But, remember Jesus said in Matthew 19:24; “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

I do not consider myself Christian but I think no matter who you are, to be “his people”, it does not matter where you are in life, what does matter is; are you willing to accept and love all man kind, no matter who they are, how much money they have, what race they are, what religion they are, or who they love.

Since I study religions and consider myself spiritual and more Buddhist then any other religion, consider this: As Buddha choose to travel an forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, to preach life’s lessons.  So did Jesus, choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods in search of enlightenment, and to preach his father’s word/ life’s lessons.  Because both choose to travel and forsake all worldly goods, it made both homeless.  Both, were holy men but were forsaken by some, yet both denied that they were God, and said they were just prophets seeking enlightenment and preaching  life lessons. However; Jesus said he was preaching the word of his father, the one true God: While the study of Buddhism does not believe in a supreme creator.

The realization that he, like anyone else, could be subject to different forms of human suffering drove Siddhartha into a personal crisis. By the time he was 29, he abandoned his home and began to live as a homeless ascetic and five followers joined Buddha on his journey, much as Jesus had his prophets who followed him. Buddha means; as a person who has awakened from the deep sleep of ignorance. The Buddha, preached about embracing sympathy and a deep concern for the poor and the oppressed. He preached in favour of equality of all men and opposed inequalities and abuses of the caste system.

Buddhism has eightfold path which we follow while Christians have 10 comments they follow.  The eightfold path leads to extinction of suffering and impersonality of all beings, it leads to enlightenment within one’s spirit.  These are the lessons that Buddha taught, compared to the lessons’ Jesus taught on his travels.

I am not saying one is better then the other, I am not, as I stated above I study religions, myself I think they are both equally important and true.  For if both religious leaders teach peace, compassion, acceptance and shows that it is the road to enlightenment is to show these traits in ourselves and in humanity, how can these lessons be wrong, how can these religions be wrong?

Just where my mind wandered this morning – Whirling mind wondering thoughts …..

Where is your mind wondering? What is your whirling thoughts?

 

 

 

If you like to know more about Buddhism here is some

Philosphy of Buddism

Buddism in a nutshell

Comparing

 

Thank You!


I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that has continued to follow my posts here at Whirling Mind Wondering Thoughts and the 40 new followers over the Memorial Holidays!  I am truly honored by your dedication and desire to read my words which flow from my mind and heart.  I was notified by WordPress today that I have had this account for two years now so we are now celebrating an Anniversary!  In celebration of all 620 followers and our 2 year Anniversary I have adopted the domain name whirlingmindwonderingthoughts.com and I have also created a new computer manipulated photograph icon for Whirling Mind Wondering Thoughts

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In closing I am reaching out to you my followers one more time – I am still trying to get votes AND comments for a contest I have entered my fine art photography into.  If you would be so gracious as to click this link:  https://trintongarrett.see.me/exposure2015 and if you like my work  vote AND comment for my work, I be very appreciative.  I am just about half way to the 100 comment and little less then half way to the comment votes (my replies don’t count) on comments. I have to reach at LEAST 100 for both votes and comments to make it to the finals for the Judges to vote. Please, if you like my work – go vote & comment on my work.

 

Thank you you again for being such faithful followers! When I reach 800 follower goal I plan on doing something special so keep watching!

 

Until then – Keep reading – Keep thinking – and Many Blessings.

 

That is mighty humble of you


.***Disclaimer: First I want to announce I am posting for the first time from my smart; dumb phone….

SO- Let’s give this a go…

I was recently asked if I was given any wish, at all, what wish would that wish be?

My answer is the same as it always has been to that question: I would wish for enough money to pay off my wife and my bills, my family and close friends bills and to make sure my family had homes to live in and cars to drive. Plus, these days I also would add to that enough to make sure I had enough to cover my dream computer and cameras, (film and digital), along with the programs to develop digital and darkroom for film. 

I have always thought this was a bit of a selfish wish myself. Wish for money for my family, my friends, and myself. When there so many others out there in need and in worse situations.

I mean; I know according to surveys given the top five wishing  categories dealt with People, Money, Spirituality, Skills, and Family.

But, I always feel I should be asking for world hunger to end or world peace.  Yet, I know in my heart that these things are not things that can be wished away.  For life is a tug a war, a yin and yang.  We need the dark with the light and the bad with the good or we would never know how to appreciate the light or the good.

After stating my wish to the person who asked me, he remarked will that was a gracious wish.

I thanked him and stated if I was granted a second wish, I would wish for others who were ill and suffering. That is when he stated: “That is very humble of you.”

This kinda took me aback for a few moments. Why is it a humble and gracious thing to care for  humankind?  To me it should be second nature to put others before thyself.  Isn’t that what every spiritual belief in the world teaches us? ”

This is the Golden Rule which each of us are taught in kindergarden, and it has roots in a wide range of world cultures. Has been for years a standard way that different cultures use to resolve conflicts. It has a long history, and a great number of prominent religious figures and philosophers.

The Golden Rule “do onto others as you would have done to you”, appears prominently in many religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and the rest of the world’s major religions .

So, if all the world religions teach this then why is it such a humbleing thought?  Why isn’t it second nature?

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Peace and Light to you!

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