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First do no harm

We are in England this year over the Thanksgiving celebration and working too hard to think about a special meal!

But as we approach the end of the year it always seems a good time to pause for reflection.

Being a humanist doesn't stop you enjoying the traditional aspects of Christmas, especially the music, a christmas tree, the giving of presents, and the celebration of family. After all a festival around the time of the winter solstice is probably as old as humanity itself.

And being a vegan vegetarian doesn't stop you making special food to celebrate – just different food.

At its core the vegan way of life can be summed up in the Latin phrase "Primum Non Nocere" – First Do No Harm. You try to look at everything you eat, everything you use and everything you do, from this perspective.

We share the Earth with many many thousands of other species and we all of us have this one life to live and enjoy.

As probably the most intelligent and certainly the most developed, of these species I think we have a special responsibility not to cause harm to, or shorten the lives of, any of them, including our own.



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