I don’t personally know any vegans, and I’m taking steps to remedy that. Nearly all the women I do know, however, belong to or have belonged to a book group. I belonged to a book group in New Jersey for years. We read some good stuff, some great stuff and some inane stuff. But I can say that we never read much important stuff. No judgment, that’s just how it was. I’m just trying out a Meet-Up group here in Tucson that reads current, interesting trade fiction. Again, this is fun, just not very important.
And this is why I am challenging all of my book group sisters (and maybe some brothers) to step it up and read this:
The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, Ph.D. is one of several books I am required to read before I attend Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy in June. The academy reading list is a compilation of some of the most influential and important books on the subject of veganism, covering topics that include health, animal rights and the environment. The scholarship and brilliance of authors such as Melanie Joy, T. Colin Campbell and others has been eye-opening and inspiring.
The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer, if only because the word “diet” conjures the old tired quick fix weight loss thing. The subtitle, “Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony” gets closer to the crux of the subject matter. Rather than try to sum it up myself, here is the description of the book from Amazon:
Food is our most intimate and telling connection both with the living natural order and with our living cultural heritage. By eating the plants and animals of our earth, we literally incorporate them. It is also through this act of eating that we partake of our culture’s values and paradigms at the most primal levels. It is becoming increasingly obvious, however, that the choices we make about our food are leading to environmental degradation, enormous human health problems, and unimaginable cruelty toward our fellow creatures.
The World Peace Diet suggests how we as a species might move our consciousness forward so that we can be more free, more intelligent, more loving, and happier in the choices we make.
Because this book was a number one Amazon bestseller in 2010, I was interested in reading comments and reviews by the Amazon customers. Predictably this book resonated powerfully with, well, the “choir”. Those readers who were interested in the subject matter were already highly conscious about the need for a global change in our diets. This is my and David’s lens as well, and still the book and its message have stimulated hour after hour of discussion about history, society, philosophy and spirituality. Is this not the stuff of a great book group read?
So what do you think folks? Are you ready to step it up and tackle some new subject matter? Are you willing to expose yourselves to disturbing truths about ourselves and our society? I can’t promise that you will be comfortable. I can promise that if you can tolerate your discomfort you (and your book group) will have an experience you will never forget.