One of the things that has concerned me since the beginning of the Organic movement is the similarity to the Volkish movement in Germany. When Hitler was a youth he wore a cornflower in his cap to show that he was for a “Pure” Germany. Not to mention, besides the return to grass roots there was this return to the occult and spirituality. Hitler was a vegetarian, as was Ghandi. Ghandi was so dogmatic about not eating life that his daughter almost died from malnutrition, lack of protein. It wasn’t until someone explained to him that unfertilized eggs are not going to turn into chickens that he allowed her to supplement her diet with eggs.
This movement was inspired by the Theosophical Society and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky promoting an Indian diet, based on the 3 gunas and what people of the Sattvic caste should eat. It was this society that first exposed Ghandi to the philosophy of his own culture and he left off trying to be a lawyer because of it realizing he would never be recognized as an equal in the west.
Many spiritual leaders attempted to live on this vegetarian died and basically went crazy like Hitler, but didn’t kill as many people. Alice Anne Bailey, and Anny Besante, nameably. What bothers me about this movement is that it makes puritannical pursuits an ideal to be strived for. By the very definition puritannical pursuits, the pursuit of purity is unsustainable. When you create a meritocracy of purity, this means that anybody that wants to be pure has to be more so than the last person, completely unsustainable considering the fact that puritannical pursuits are unaware of the law of diminished returns.
The law of diminishing returns (also law of diminishing marginal returns or law of increasing relative cost) states that in all productive processes, adding more of one factor of production, while holding all others constant (“ceteris paribus“), will at some point yield lower per-unit returns. The law of diminishing returns does not imply that adding more of a factor will decrease the totalproduction, a condition known as negative returns, though in fact this is common. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diminishing_returns
What really irks me is that framing of vegan and raw food diets as more spiritual and the agreement of the majority and tacit participation with the premise. Many people are not capable of maintaining their health on such diets. These diets were made for people living as hermits in isolation with not jobs and not surrounded by the strictures and stresses of modern every day life. Our nervous system including our brain is made almost entirely out of protein. It is most likely that we are smarter than other animals because of our eating animal protein. Humans are predators though they are omnivores.
Prey are wall eyed, their eyes are on the sides of their heads, predators have their eye sight trained in front of them. I think that prolonged lack of animal protein causes the atrophy of the nervous and mental tissue leaving a person flakey and nervous, they enter into a state of permanent fight or flight not capable of evaluating situations clearly and over reacting in the extreme, throwing histrionic fits and trying to kill all of the Jews.
Now their is unnecessary animal cruelty, but if done conscientiously the quality of life of animals in captivity can be better than living in the wild where they get sick and die cruel and painful deaths. Furthermore I disagree that eating plants is more spiritual than eating animals. Life eats life, and more highly evolved life eats more highly evolved life, that is what it means to be a super predator. Nobody eats you.
Plants are full of phyto estrogens and zeno estrogens which are related to cancer. Plants couldn’t run away so they created poisons to keep people from eating them. Animals have more testosterone than plants and plants are notoriously bad sources of protein, I don’t care what any of the fruity propaganda says. I don’t care if some guy spends all of his time on vegan protein being a pentathlete to show how possible it is. The exception to the rule proves the rule, not the exception. So all of you vegan rock stars that want to go up to Alaska and prove that sane people are wrong and stupidity isn’t painful be my guest.
The only reason that you can be Vegan and Organic is because you are in a successful society that was created by meat eaters. If you want to impress me and show me that your lifestyle is sustainable go live off the land eating nothing but nuts and berries and no animal fats and tell me how long you will stay alive. You are not morally superior if you depend on other people to provide a place for you to live and be morally superior.
The fact that you are trying to conflate your diet with religiosity I find repulsive and alarming and disingenuous. There, I said it, I feel better. Keep your proselytizing, propagandizing, and evangelism to yourselves.
The völkisch ideologies were influential in the development of Nazism. Indeed, Joseph Goebbels publicly asserted in the 1927 Nuremberg rally that if the populist (völkisch) movement had understood power and how to bring thousands out in the streets, it would have gained political power on 9 November 1918 (the outbreak of the SPD-led German Revolution of 1918–1919, end of the German monarchy). Adolf Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf (My Struggle): “the basic ideas of the National-Socialist movement are populist (völkisch) and the populist (völkisch) ideas are National-Socialist.” Nazi racial pseudo-science was couched in Völkisch terms, as when Eugen Fischer delivered his inaugural address as Nazi rector, The Conception of the Völkisch state in the view of biology (29 July 1933).