96 – Who Posted That Meme on My Facebook Page?
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Today, Dr. Dave shares something that another user posted on his Facebook profile. Stay right here to hear all about it!
I was in the studio getting ready to do a totally different episode and this came through on my newsfeed. I want to share it with you because this is what is going on out there. This post is a meme. A meme is generally a picture that with a caption that is added to be funny or sarcastic. So in the meme that was shared on my profile, there is a picture of bacon strips and the caption on the photo says “I like my bacon marinated in vegan tears. It tastes so much better that way”. In all fairness, this meme was actually posted by someone I know and he is a good guy. He sincerely meant it as a joke. This person does know how passionate I am about healthy eating and how much I care about animals and their pain and suffering.
I have done a lot of stand up comedy in my life and I still do some stand up bits when I speaking to dental audiences or even lifestyle audiences. I always try to incorporate comedy it keeps people engaged and awake. So comedy is a good thing. And you can almost make fun of anything if you do it tastefully. Sometimes if it’s not done properly, you can really piss some people off!
Do you have pets? Have you ever had a pet in your life? Chances are you have had a pet before or at least admire animals by doing things like visiting the zoo. What if somebody tried to do to your pet what is done to any animal you eat? For example, the pigs who are raised for bacon on a factory farm, they are standing, sitting, and sleeping in horrible filth and feces. Horrible conditions with no room to move around and that’s their whole life. That’s all they know. And it’s not much better on the free range farms no matter what Whole Foods or anyone else tells you. They are given antibiotics for infections that come about from the horrible conditions. Unfortunately, the day they are slaughtered is probably the best day of their life since they know and feel and see no more pain and suffering. It’s really really sad.
It’s absolutely one of the reasons I do not eat, or wear, or use any animals products. I do not believe that we need to kill animals for our pleasure. And it is for our pleasure because we do not need to eat meat. Humans are not naturally born carnivores. It has been scientifically proven that we can live a better life if we do not consume animal products. There are animals that are carnivores but they only kill an animal when it’s absolutely necessary like if they are hungry. That is the way nature intended it.
Getting back to the Facebook post, I let this gentleman know that I did not find it funny. I said it in a nice way. I know he meant it as a joke and I know he is a good guy. I did not find the suffering of another animal funny. To me if you want to make jokes about vegans and things like where do they get their protein, that’s totally fine. I don’t mind that. I think people need to be sensitive and caring.
I went back and asked the gentleman that posted this meme on my page if he would actually go out in the field, capture a pig, stab it, kick it, whatever it takes to kill it with his own two hands. Then skin it, separate the meat, then put it on the stove and cook it, would he do it? And very quickly he responded; “no, no way. I don’t do that. I don’t hunt. As a matter of fact I love taking care of animals.” It’s not an exact quote, but it is very close. So my thought process is, you like taking care of some animals but have no problem going to a grocery store and looking at package of a dead animal because someone did the killing for you?! His response was that it was his choice and I had no right to tell him what to do. That’s true! I don’t have a right to tell someone what to do and nor do I. If you’ve been a listener a viewer, a friend, a follower for as long as I’ve had the show or even before, I think you would agree that I never tell you what you have to do. I teach by example, I tell you what I do, I tell you what I recommend. But I never ever make fun of anybody, call you out, call you a bad person, or call you a loser if you are not doing exactly what I am doing. Never. Never do I do that nor will I ever do that. Because it’s a process. You might be eating meat or other animal products now, and that’s ok. Believe me, I still love you. If you are watching me, following me, trying to get advice from me, I love you from the bottom of my heart and I honestly mean that. I would never bully you, make fun of you, or call you out. The only thing I ask is that you do the best you can. Do what you think is best for you! I hope that when I lead by example and when I show you that truly taking animal products out of your life can make you feel and look great. This generation now and future generations is looking and feeling better than ever.
I do believe, not in my lifetime, but I do believe that the planet will be vegan in a period of time. I am not sure how long but it has to happen. Not only for our health but the planet can no longer sustain the farming, not only for animals but for crops to live and grow. The planet cannot continue the way it’s going if we continue to be greedy just to eat bacon.
I have been on both sides. I used to eat bacon, steak, chicken, fish. I used to think I ate it responsibly but I don’t think that’s possible now. I always ate small portions. Now, with all the information out there I know it’s not the healthiest way to be. And it’s not good for the environment!
This all started from a Facebook post but it is so much deeper than Facebook. When I first started this show almost two years ago, Yoko and I were still eating meat and it was a dilemma for us. We love animals and could not stand the thought that dead animals were on our plate. Once we made the change, our lives began to change. I cannot count the number of people that have been following me and listening to the show that have written messages on Facebook, in public, have texted me, or gotten to me another way and said that they have gone plant based because of me. I cannot begin to tell you how that makes me feel. When I first made the change, you would not believe the number of messages that I got saying “you are not going to change the world” and “do your thing but don’t try to convince anyone else. No one is going to change their ways.” That could not be further from the truth. It’s unbelievable! Maybe I have even help you to change. Multiply you by the thousands and thousands of people out there hearing this message. We are changing the world! We are doing it one person at a time. If just one person from the planet hears this show today and makes a change in their life, then guess what?! I have done it! I have succeeded. My license plate is GO VEG. I have a feeling when I drive around, someone is going to see my license plate and begin thinking about being vegan or even begin researching it. If you are one of those people out there that told me that I could not change anyone, I’m sorry to say I am changing people and I LOVE it! Thank you so much! I am a regular person and have worked very hard to amass a following. It’s not hundreds of thousands of people a week (yet) but it is thousands. I’m reaching them and I am reaching you. We are getting things done!
I have talked about many things on the show, even topics that are not necessarily health related. I have talked about financial matters and how you need to get out of debt and live a life that’s below your means. First, financial matters are the number one cause of stress and relationship problems causing more break ups than anything else. Those that are getting married this year, please listen to me. Live responsibly, pay off your debt, live below your means, and give to charity. If you do that, there is no more peaceful feeling that you can experience. Remember I won’t tell you what to do but this is my recommendation. I have been in debt and out of debt. Use my example!
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