The V Word Turns 70, and Will speaks to huge crowds in Taiwan
2014 is a very special year. It marks the 70th anniversary of the coining of the word “vegan” by Donald Watson in 1944 and the founding of The Vegan Society. A few days ago our very own Will Tuttle was in Taiwan, speaking to one crowd of 2200 and another of 1800. Now he and Madeleine are off to Australia and New Zealand to inspire even more people with compassion and a vision for a vegan world.
The Big V has Come a Long Way in 70 years
The number of vegans in the U.S. continues to rise, and of those folks who are not vegetarian or vegan, 30 to 40% say they are very interested in vegetarian foods and often order them at restaurants and try them out at home. “Vegan” is now a household word. Celebrities and politicians promote it. There are hundreds of vegan cookbooks, foods in ordinary grocery stores and restaurants labeled vegan, and a whole new generation being raised vegan.
Prayers for a Deeper Understanding of Veganism
Let us take this 70th birthday milestone as a time to gather our energy and prayers to help all people go to the next level. We’ve done a great job communicating the benefits of eating vegan food. But many people still do not see the connection between vegan eating and living a life dedicated to nonviolence and non-domination. It is so much more than just a choice of what to eat. It is the next step in the rising of human consciousness to a vastly more mature level. This week, let us pray and hold in our hearts a vision of all people hearing the 70 year old word “vegan” and smiling as they glimpse what it means in all its richness and wonder. It is a miracle waiting to happen for all of life on earth. May all beings under the sun live as one; May all beings be happy and free.
Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and visionary thoughts. Thanks to all of you, compassion is encircling the earth for all beings. Thank you for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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