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The Vegan Ideal: An Introduction

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. - Leonardo da Vinci

In the previous blog entry, I have expressed my commitment to write more about my nicotine addiction and the challenge I embrace to liberate myself from it. So far, I am able to restrain myself from lightning-up and smoking a cigarette for four months now. As far as my self-restraint is concerned, I have been Saintly so far. Although, in the whole grand scheme of things, abstaining from one’s addiction for four months is not that long, it is nonetheless not nothing. Four months of not smoking is an achievement I can be proud of. Smokers and ex-smokers alike would understand that sense of achievement.

Aside from not smoking anymore, another huge change that has taken place in my life this year is my dietary restrictions. For about a month or two, I have started to live on plant-based diet. I do not consume animal meat anymore and any other products that have been produced from the exploitation of non-human animals. Like ‘smoking and not smoking’, my conversion to not eating animals is also a theme I would like to reflect upon here in this blog. From hence forward, my reflections on this fundamentally different ways of living my life will be categorized as the ‘The Vegan Ideal’.

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Renaissance: Leonardo the Midwife and Italy the Nest

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Simply put, Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the midwives of the Renaissance and Italy was the nest of this movement that has ushered the world into Enlightenment. Of course, there are more to it than simply that.

Last October, I received from a beloved friend a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s biography authored by Walter Isaacson for my birthday. Isaacson is a University Professor of History in Tulane who wrote biographical accounts of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, amongst many others. His biographical account of Leonardo da Vinci is quite accessible to unspecialized readers like myself who are nonetheless intrigued and fascinated by history, and more particularly the  history the renaissance Italy, a period in which high creativity is at peak and its surge has ushered us out of darkness and slumber.

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