5 GENIUSES WHO SUPPORTED A MEAT FREE DIET // Inspiration

Albert Einstein

‘I have long been an adherent to the cause [vegetarianism] in principle. Besides agreeing with the aims of vegetarianism for aesthetic and moral reasons, it is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.’

  •  Translation of letter to Hermann Huth, December 27, 1930. Einstein Archive 46-756

‘So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore’

  • diary extract (disclaimer, I don’t think anyone would recommend a diet free of fats, and meat free diets should still get plenty of fats from nuts, seeds, avacados, free range eggs, etc)

Charles Darwin

‘I have always been astonished at the fact that the most extraordinary workers I ever saw, viz., the laborers in the mines of Chili, live exclusively on vegetable food, which includes many seeds of the leguminous plants’

  • received from a reader who wrote to Darwin enquiring for evidence in favour of evidence for a vegetarian diet, from a German vegetarian journal

Thomas Edison

‘[Vegetarianism has a] powerful influence upon the mind and its action, as well as upon the health and vigor of the body. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages’

Ghandi

‘I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us. I hold flesh food to be unsuited to our species’

‘To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body’

Leornado da Vinci

‘The mere idea of permitting the existence of unnecessary suffering, still more that of taking life, was abhorrent to him. Vasari tells, as an instance of his love of animals, how when in Florence he passed places where birds were sold he would frequently take them from their cages with his own hand, and having paid the sellers the price that was asked would let them fly away in the air, thus giving them back their liberty.’

 

I’m not stating that any of these were 100% vegan (besides, imagine how hard it would have been to find a raw vegan salad in the 1700’s), but there is solid evidence that they all at least supported the view that a reduction in meat and animal consumption would do alot of good for both people, animals, and the world around them.

THE GENDER GAP IN EDUCATION // THOUGHTS

The whole gender gap issue is nothing new, and while you may feel it has been spoken, protested, and ranted about till the Earth’s end, until it’s closed, I don’t think we should stop talking about.

  
On Friday I attended a conference at the UEA, in which I took part in three classes (on poetry, Shakespeare and Hitler in modern comedies). While every one of these were absolutely brilliant, every one of these were also taught by a man. Now obviously if the expert in the subject field is a man, then gender should 100% not be an issue, but when in 2014, across the UK 22% of professors were female, there clearly IS an issue. While this is an improvement from the 15% in 2003, it still means less than 1 in 4 students are going to be taught by men. However, 1/3 of senior academic staff (excluding professors) are women – so why aren’t we getting those top jobs?! Until more students are seeing intelligent, respected, strong women giving those lectures, chances are they’re not going to feel as encouraged to want to become one themselves. 

Contradictory to this, there has actually been a rise in women going to University compared to men, and across the board females are generally out performing their male counterparts. 

    

  • UK 2015 more women then men in 2/3rds in University courses
  • Women 35% more likely to go to University
  • 2013 20 institutions where there are twice as many female full time undergraduates then there are males

One of my theories is that males are so used to having the upper hand, the majority feel high education is not as necessary for them. But when it’s only been since 1947 that women across every university in the U.K. has been ‘allowed’ to earn a full degree, perhaps we’re not taking out educational rights for granted.

It also got me thinking about my own schools – at my local primary school, every single teacher bar one is a women, and that one man? He’s the head, the highest held figure with the most authority in that building. To me, this is a clear sign that women are still taking the more ‘nurturing’ role, and that as students get older, it’s thought they need a more ‘firm’ hand (hence why there’s more men in High Schools/Colleges). 

  
In addition to this, in 2012, 64% of the lowest paid workers were women. Taking into consideration that 76.5% of single parent households were headed by mothers, you can image that those who fall under both those brackets are going to be finding it pretty hard to provide for not just themselves, but their children. And the chances of those then going into universities? Students from private schools are still two and a half times more likely to attend a leading university than those from state schools.

  
Obviously this is just a tiny part of the gender gap issue, and I’m sure people could hunt out plenty of counter arguments but you can’t really deny the facts above in black and white. And I hope that you’re encouraged to take a wider look at who’s around you and in what positions, so we can work towards a more equal society with equal opportunities for all. 

Sources: 
(and I would definitely check these out to broaden your knowledges)

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jun/13/single-fathers-uk-statistics

http://www.striking-women.org/module/workplace-issues-past-and-present/gender-pay-gap-and-struggle-equal-pay

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/proportion-of-female-professors-up-but-still-below-a-quarter/2018824.article