Our culture is structured to discourage us from recognizing that we are animals, that we are a part of nature, that we are all interconnected and interrelated.

Living a spiritual life, for me, means honoring these interrelationships. Rather than a model of transcendence, I believe in an immanent worldview: the spirit of the world is immanent here, revealed in each of us, and in the rest of nature.

In the feminist ethic of care tradition, killing of animals for food fails to do one important thing: ask the animals what they want and respect their answer. Being interconnected, I want to ask the question and listen for an answer.

I believe our relationships with animals touch a very deep place within ourselves. When we close off our relationship with that very deep place— either because it is too painful to go near or because we don’t give it the time—we are closing off the possibility of living more fully. If we eat meat and dairy products, we may close off our relationship with that deep place, and may not be able to go near it because doing so would mean we would have to become aware of what we do to animals.

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