Yesterday on the news, one of my favorite gymnasts, Simone Biles, shared that she had been sexually abused by the heinous ex-doctor, Larry G. Nassar. #SimoneBiles and some 100 other USA elite gymnasts have spoken out against Nassar who is now in jail for 60 years. He will be going back to court to face another group of accusers very soon. You might be asking yourself: why had it taken superstar Simone so long to speak up about this #sexualabuse ?
I believe that the further up the food chain you climb, the more famous you become, the harder it is to share your truth. Her fear is probably that everyone will say exactly what I’m saying now: “Why did you wait so long to say your truth? Look, 100 of your best friends have spoken out. Still, you have stayed quiet.”
However, sooner than later, she realizes that fear of this horrible doctor attacking her again is not the culprit of her silence. A light being shone on her vulnerability is probably the reason. She says to herself, you appear to be the strongest, most decorated gymnast in the world. You stand on the top of many shoulders of the people have come before you. If you shake, if you create imbalance, all of this pyramid will crumble. The little girls who admire you will be forced to look at their own fears. Do I really want that? Do I want everyone to know that when you pursue your highest dreams, you may face some ugly demons along the way?
The answer is, of course, yes! Absolutely, you want those without a voice to be the first to know of your hardship on the way up the perilous ladder of success. These little children can’t speak—won’t speak, because of the same fears and guilt you had. So, you must!
I was sexually abused. I had not waited until now to speak. I’d even written a book about it eight years ago called “Learning Alone.” Read it! Find out about my struggle! You know what? Not many people actually read my book. Do you know why?
It wasn’t popular to speak out. The ones who had stayed silent read it and the book hopefully gave them courage to face their own demons. But most of us don’t want to know about demons and what lurks in the closet of other people—friends and family. If we don’t know, then we can remain guiltless. If we read a book about abuse, we will be held accountable for those around us struggling, this is true!
The reason I share that I haven’t waited until now is because I spoke up when it wasn’t cool to #MeToo. When I knew that people who were in my past would stick up for the people I was accusing. Still, I had to say what was on my heart to clear my pathway forward.
We cannot live in the damage from our past without demolishing the old hiding places and rebuilding the past. This would be like asking Puerto Rico to continue to live in their country under the rubble of the hurricane without any hope of fixing it. Or, worse yet, this would be like asking Puerto Ricans to build a new city on top of the rubble, without power. How stable could that city be? (By the way, this is exactly what is happening in that country.)
“My Best Buddy” by Bo Sebastian
I say all this to place focus on the most vulnerable of all species on Earth, the ones who will never have their own voice, the mute and the mentally incapable, the voices of many species of animals will never be able to fight for themselves. Your dog, for instance, can’t tell you that when you leave for work the neighbor—whom you gave a key to for emergencies—has been sneaking into your home and torturing your puppy. Your pet may show signs of struggle. She may begin to act out. But, she will never be able to point a finger and say these words: “#MeToo”!
So, who is left to speak up for your dog or your cat or your pet bunny or piglet?
As humans, when we begin to grow spiritually, we must begin to look at how we interact with others. If we start with the small things in life, we can observe that not everything that comes from our mouths produces life, support, and love In fact, we often speak poorly about those we see walking among us, even though we know nothing of their struggle and can clearly see a problem exists.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have done this very thing. As a spiritually evolving person, I have to ask myself the hard questions, “What exactly do you expect to gain, Bo, by saying something terrible about anyone? Does this make you feel stronger or better? If so, why?”
When we begin to ask ourselves the hard questions, we come to an even harder questions to answer without remorse: “Why do you feel the need to eat or ingest anything that has been killed and slaughtered to survive?
Do you not know that no man or woman for 1000s of year on Earth ate flesh until after Noah in the Bible?
I painted this while waiting for Hurricane Irma to touch down on Florida.
These people, like Methuselah lived to be almost a 1000 years eating just plants and fruit. Cows, horses and large, strong creatures eat only grass. Why do humans insist on the need to eat dead flesh to be strong? Is it to satisfy their basest desires? Is it because cooked flesh smells like you’ve conquered something? Or does it simply taste good?
As a vegan, what I cook tastes even better than any meat, I guarantee you. Sometimes you wouldn’t even know that what I cook is plant-based. None of us need the guilt of dead animals decomposing in our bodies or even the ovaries and milk from the teets of these animals same animals we ingest, because none of it is meant for our humans.
Yes, this is plant-based burgers, made by Beyond Meat
My doctor said to me about going vegan after blood tests had shown that my blood pressure and cholesterol had sky rocketed: “This is the best choice you can make for your body right now.”
I’m no saint. I had been 25 years a vegetarian when a few medical professionals told me that my arthritis would never get better if I didn’t begin eating beef, which was the meat for my blood type. So, I went 3 years closing my eyes to the harshest bloodshed in the world. Every day, millions of helpless animals are led to the worst lives in factory farms, only to get fat and killed without ever having the chance to live as God created them. Besides this the waste from cows is causing greenhouse gases that harm the Earth.
The first bloodshed for animals was to repent for human sins. It was a symbol for the Savior to come. Yet, so many who believe in the absolute sovereign truth of the Bible will continue to tell you that animals are meant to be eaten. “Well, certain stupid animals, at least,” they may say.
You don’t have to look hard to see signs that some pigs and chickens, for example, are smarter than 4-year-old children. Humans have only their broken legs to stand on when trying to push through this argument to the end. However, just like trying to argue with an Atheist about believing in a Higher Power, you would know that there is no changing a mind that is already made up.
We see this all around us with 45 supporters. They voted for him. They will follow him to his demise, because, gosh darnit, everyone is making up stories about him. Only Fox News is telling the truth. He didn’t really say those horribly racists comments. This is just the democrats or the horrible reporters making something out of nothing.
Of course, a close observer would see what goes through the mind of a 45 supporter is exactly what 45 wants to go through his or her mind. He has primed the pump and created lost sheep of his followers with false evidence. 45 has led the way to brainwashing millions of people on this Earth.
You only have to go to another country, outside of the US, to see that no one thinks that President 45 is good accept crazies like Putin and Kim Yon Death!
This same kind of brainwashing has happened when it comes to Factory Farms and brainwashing the public with commercials about what is and what is not Healthy!
We must speak up for those who can’t speak up! We must continue to fight the hard fight of being a voice in the darkness when it isn’t popular to be that voice. We must stop waiting for 100’s to speak out, first, before we decide we can be strong, too. We always have the right to say our truth! Always!
Help a friend today. Help an animal today. Speak out for justice all around you. I guarantee you’ll feel better for it.
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