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NU-zencircleI’ve had a number of folks ask if Nonviolence United is still active — since there hasn’t been any action on this website and almost nothing on social media.

Yes, Nonviolence United (that’s pretty much just me, by the way), is still active.

I just haven’t been spending time on social media since the start of the year.  Part of that was because I’m trying to focus on a few projects and I’ve noticed social media lends itself to the opposite of that — at least for me.

My work has been focusing on filling the gaps of current outreach and activism, re-addressing my more recent understanding of human nature and the big wall of “nope” we hit when asking people to change.  All of this is leading to a departure for me from focusing on changing individuals to changing systems. It’s also led me to re-evaluate our message so it makes more sense for the future into which we are stepping:

We’ve reached the environmental crisis we’ve been warning everyone about for decades. I’ve got to retire my mantra “but there’s still time, there’s still hope.” Wow, what to do with that knowledge? And how to adapt to the new challenges we’re facing.

We’ve become a social hive abuzz with narcisism.

Everyone is distracted — and that it’s only going to get worse.

As times get rough, we could pull together — but there’s a good chance “looking out for number one” will continue its rise.

The information age brought with it the misinformation age. With a shortage critical thinking skills or the lack of energy to think critically, we’ve got a bumpy road ahead.

Interesting times to say the least.

So, yes, I’m active. And my mind is whirling. As always. Just haven’t been in the public eye for a while.

Here’s hoping you’re feeling motivated rather than crushed by the state of things.  I’ll be in touch soon.  In the meantime, just lemme know if there’s anything I can do to help.

All one,

🙂 matt

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popefrancis-quoteI’m late on posting this, I know. But I think it bears repeating for the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world — that this Pope gets it! Maybe I should send him a VEGAN t-shirt.

In his recent encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis asked that we STOP BEING CRUEL TO ANIMALS saying, “We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.”

In the encyclical, the Pope reminds believers, “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”

http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2015/06/pope-encyclical-embraces-animal-protection.html

In it, he also addresses the excuse almost every animal advocate has heard from those who want to keep eating animals even though it’s cruel and unnecessary — the excuse that “God put animals for us to eat.” Pope Francis agrees with animal advocates that “dominion” doesn’t mean utter *domination*: “…Absolute domination over other creatures is misinterpretation of God’s grant of “dominion” over creation.”

Late last year, he acknowledged that evolution and the big bang are real and that they are not incompatible with faith in a creator — maybe making science less scary for the faithful. He said that God is not “a magician with a magic wand.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis…

That compassion is a cornerstone to all major religions seems to be obvious and even easy to understand. Why not put it into action? To extend our circle of compassion to include the meekest among us should also seem obvious. Making animal-free food choices is the perfect way, religious or not, to bring your true values of compassion, justice, and kindness into real world action.

The presidential election is being held today in the U.S.  Every 4 years voters pour their hearts and souls into one politician.  They spend countless hours telling the world why their candidate is the best. Sometimes it’s a vote just to make sure the other candidate doesn’t get into office. Still it’s a vote. We wave our signs, tweet, and post to “get out and vote” because “every vote matters.”

So, which is it? Does your vote matter or doesn’t it.  Are you hoping your vote today will somehow relieve you of your civic responsibility to vote every day?

Many people who are convinced that their vote every 4 years matters then go on to vote against their own values every day. They stand for environmental protection, kindness to animals, and human rights then go on to purchase chemical-laden foods, animal products, and items made using slave labor. They demand a stop to oil exploration, nuclear power, and “mountain top removal” for coal, yet they flip a switch at home or hop into their gas-powered cars or jet around the world as if their vote doesn’t doesn’t really matter.

Every Dollar Is A Vote!

Each of our choices in the past built the world we live in today. And each of our choices from this moment forward will build the world of tomorrow.

Our individual choices are VOTES!  You are voting for and actively building the future… with each and every choice, and especially with each and every purchase. In the U.S. where the government and politicians are owned by corporations, your vote was cast long ago. There’s a reason why a corporate-owned warmonger will win the election — we put the candidates in place.  We are then purposefully distracted by the idea that we now have a “choice” between candidates. Your choice was made long ago.

Your consumer choices act as the conscience of business. Businesses have grown so disconnected that they often only respond to money, not to moral principles. They no longer hear our pleas for kindness and ethics. If profits increase even though a company is spewing toxic fumes, enslaving people, or hurting animals, the company “believes” it is doing something right.

It’s not that these businesses are bad; they don’t know right from wrong — they are simply growing in the direction of YOUR votes. If your values and words which plead for humanity are drowned out by the clamor of your coins, you‘re saying to unthinking businesses, “Yes, keep doing what you’re doing… and do it in my name!”

In a corporatocracy (an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests), we must realize that government “representatives” represent the interests of their puppeteers *not* of the people. BUT, the people (each of us!) are the ones putting the puppeteers into place. We have control over our individual choices; our choices determine how the world runs, what forests get cut down, who lives and who dies. You have that kind of power. It’s an enormous responsibility, we know. But you’re already making those choices, you just might not be thinking that your vote matters.

Every dollar you spend or choose not to spend is a vote. You voted yesterday. You’ll vote today — maybe hundreds of times. Will you vote for a world that respects human rights, protects the environment, and has compassion for animals? Or will you make choices that build a world you really don’t believe in?

You help build a world reflective of our shared values of justice, kindness, and compassion only when your everyday choices are aligned with those values.

Live your values, change the world.

It’s that simple.

All one,
🙂 m

Take part TODAY!

The Compassion and Health Campaign – The World Peace Diet.

An extraordinary one-day event to spread the word about “The World Peace Diet.”  Lots of free gifts available if you take part in this one-day-only opportunity.  Here’s the message from our friends at The World Peace Diet…

As seekers of truth, compassion, and health, we are learning to question the assumptions of the established order, and to rely more on our inherent wisdom to bring healing and peace to our lives.

There is a book, written by our friend Dr. Will Tuttle, called The World Peace Diet. It helps you understand the power of food, and the cultural mentality reinforced by our practice of food, for many levels of healing-–physical, psychological, cultural, ecological, and spiritual.

Many people have called it a revelation, and one of the most important books of the 21st century.

Today, Friday, March 12, Dr. Tuttle is coordinating a special offer for this critically-acclaimed book called “The March 12 World Peace Diet Compassion and Health Campaign.” Please pick up a copy of The World Peace Diet today and pass one along to a friend, library, school, etc.

Many generous and caring sponsors have donated excellent bonus gifts and prizes to anyone who buys The World Peace Diet (today only).  Including NonviolenceUnited.org! 🙂

There are downloadable audio books, recipes, music, e-books, discount coupons and the chance to enter drawings for some terrific prizes! There are over 50 gifts and prizes, all told, and anyone who buys the book on March 12 (only) is eligible to receive them. Here’s the link to this special campaign http://worldpeacediet.org/promo.htm

It’s a great way to help animals, the Earth, hungry people, and all of us, and spread the message we believe in.

This is the page to go to – http://worldpeacediet.org/promo.htm – everything is explained there.

P.S. – Please share this special offer with your friends and colleagues, and encourage them to do the same.  This is not an exclusive offer. The more of us who participate, the better it will be for everyone.  This is a one-day offer–March 12 only.  Thanx!

Hoooooray!

We’ve updated our website.  We’re excited to finally have a redesigned online space to be so much more than just a brochure.  We’re creating an online meeting place… a “connection” place!  A place where YOU can get to know each other, learn from each other, and help each other along the path.

There are billions of caring people out there just like you working sooooo hard and wanting sooooo much to make the world a better place.  By learning and teaching each other how to live “A Life Connected” we’ll build better lives for ourselves… and a better world for everyone.

So let’s connect!  Start exploring.  Get to know each other.  Get to know us.  Ask questions.  Give advice.  Learn about the power of Active Nonviolence.

Oh, and join us on Facebook — become a fan and join the community conversations.

Please be in touch and let us know how we can make NonviolenceUnited.org even better.

All one,

matt

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