Have you seen the movie Matrix?
It’s a famous 1999 sci-fi movie about a computer hacker named Neo who has always questioned his reality.
Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker who awakens Neo to the real world.
Neo learns the truth about the reality that he and others perceived to be real and how it is in fact an artificial reality (called The Matrix) created by the machines that capture most of humanity and imprison their mind while they use the human bodies as ‘energy source’.
Lol. I know what you’re thinking… What can I say, I’m a sci-fi geek.
Bear with me.
The thing is, I relate to the main character, Neo.
Like Neo, I have always questioned the reality, albeit a different kind of reality.
I have always questioned my gluttonous, omnivorous lifestyle and the impact it has toward my health, animals and the environment.
And like Neo, I somehow managed to learn about the truth.
The truth about where my food comes from.
The truth about the meat industry and factory farming.
The truth about the egg and dairy industry.
The truth about the impact of my gluttonous eating habit and how I contribute to perhaps the most violent industry on the planet; creating demand and providing resources for people to kill, abuse and exploit animals while destroying the earth in the process.
At the end of the day, free range or caged, organic or biodynamic, someone has to die. And that is the truth.
The truth is so profound that I had to take action.
This week marks my 10th week of plant-based, meat-free, egg-free and dairy-free (a.k.a Vegan) diet.
Unlike my earlier uninformed (and later failed) attempts at vegetarianism, this time it feels so natural and unforced – even easier that the I Quit Sugar challenge I did not too long ago.
I never felt healthier, happier and more liberated.
I learned more about health and nutrition than I could have ever imagined and I never felt so empowered and informed.
I eat tons vegetables, legumes, beans, grains and herbs and I don’t feel deprived.
I substitute meat dishes with vegan alternatives; experimenting and veganising my favourite bake goods and traditional dishes and finding abundance in plant food.
My outlook on life has changed. The way I view world has changed.
Neo joins Morpheus as a rebel against the machines, and return to the Matrix to challenge the super-powerful computer programs (The Agents) devoted to destroying Neo and the entire human rebellion.
I’ve joined the Vegan rebels to challenge the ‘status quo’ and the human supremacy belief system which are destroying our core compassion and values, de-sensitising our children, and threatening our very own future survival as species through various degree of exploitation of this earth.
I am not perfect and I will make mistakes along the way. But it’s not about being perfect. After all, we live in an imperfect world.
To me, it’s about doing the best I can to make the world a better place and living according to my values and principles.
I don’t know what the future holds but at least right now, this feels right.
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth – nothing more. Morpheus
Here’s a list of my favourite online resources if you wish to learn more about veganism and the cruelty-free lifestyle.