Vegetarianism versus "making the world better"
This is an answer for the Maciek's comment on the article "Our Way". I decided to place it here for that issue often arouses questions.
We believe vegetarianism is the key to "making the better world". It may be taken under consideration from many planes - economic, moral and spiritual (karmic).
THE ECONOMIC PLANE:
"From the year 1960 about 25% of Latin American rain forest have
been burned out and purified to create new pastures for the cattle.
It was counted that every chop weighing 10dkg, made from the meat of
animals bred on those pastures is responsible for ruining about 5 square
metres of the forest. Moreover, raising the cattle takes a large part
in production of three gases, which cause the progressive worming up
of the climate of our globe. It also contributes to water pollution.
To manufacture 1kg of beef, 22 000 litres of water have to be wasted,
while the same process with tomatoes needs 263 lit., or one kg of bred
-1 262 lit. Counting it in a year's scale, almost half of the USA's
water deposit is being wasted on the cattle raising.
THE MORAL PLANE:
Killing animals is unseparably connected with violence and aggression.
In the kingdom of animals it is natural, but in human's kingdom meat
equals $. An animal stops being the living thing, starts to become a
product, a potential dollar. These days about 25 billions of animals
are being killed within a year, just to satisfy fussy taste buds of
millions, on which a good deal of money can be earned.
THE SPIRITUAL PLANE:
We believe, that there is something like "the law of karma" existing - the law of the cause and the result. This law stands above the vulgar matter and inseparably combines with a conscient existence of the universe or continuous chain of soul's transmigration (God, I couldn't make it more complicated - it is all about reincarnation of course). It means that every good deed, which you have made, sooner or later will come back to you, the same is unfortunately with bad. You need more explanation? For example, if during the present life I kill someone, in future or in one of my future incarnations I will have to die probably in the same way, to get my karma back. The law of karma regulates the balance of the universe's energy. If e.g. I help someone, in the future I will have to be given this help back. No energy dies. We distinguish also something like "collective karma": when the whole nation of people is responsible for some activity and the actions of all are connected (like in meat industry - somebody kills, sb pays, sb eats, sb delivers, sb sells and so on). The karma for killing is reclaimed by the whole group of people. To compensate such large dose of violence, death and suffering, the reactions of similar strength follow - wars, natural disasters, epidemics like A.I.D.S or The Mad Cows' Disease, and so on, and so on.
Cites are taken from the brochure "Vegetarianism".