Compassionate Living

By Kristen Johnson

Live and Let Live is a beautiful, peaceful documentary about loving and protecting animals, and the compassionate lifestyle of veganism. It is informative, well-researched, and filled with beautiful scenery of animals and humans interacting.

I enjoyed the documentary because it included interviews from quite a few people working in animal rights, but also a good balance of interviews with nutritionists and regular people who have embraced the lifestyle. I enjoyed the well-rounded approach, which also included interviews with restaurauteers and vegan professional athletes.

In addition to veganism, another important topic the documentary touches on is the need to be sure that our vegan items are ethically produced by the humans who produce them. Just because an item is free of animal suffering doesn’t necessarily mean that it is free from human-suffering. That’s why it’s important to always check labels to be sure that they are free from slavery (especially chocolate!) and environmentally responsible (no palm oil!) This was an important reminder for me, as I always look to make sure my food is vegan, but I need to also remember to make sure that everything I eat is fair trade produced and also free from environmental harm.

It’s always easy for someone who is already a vegan to watch a documentary like this one, because it simply reinforces our beliefs and perhaps adds some new information or reminders for our information. But, I think it’s really important for this message to get out to the general public. After all, one book 10 years ago led me to veganism, so it really is all about education, education, education.

Thank you to Marc Pierschel for a wonderfully educational and visually beautiful documentary. I admire the work you do on behalf of animals, humans, and the environment.

Isaiah 40:11 (NRSV): He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Serve all with love.

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