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15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
Delhi/Bombay/Madras/Calcutta, India


TRUE VEGETARIANISM
FELICITAS K. WILSON
Chicago Vegetarian Society

What is a true vegetarian?

He is spiritual! He is ethical! He is honest! First of all honest with himself - "for to thine own self be true then thou cannot be false to any other man."

He is tolerant! He loves everybody knowing that love has a spiritual appeal and makes the world go 'round.

He is ambitious! He not only knows where he is going but also gets there. Obstacles and adversity only spur him on to greater efforts.

There is no crime in making a mistake but the crime is in repeating it.

He has dignity, humility, pride - that of achievement and not false pride! He is industrious!

He minds his own business! He never interferes in the lives of others because he is too busy cultivating his soul, the spark within, helping it grow as it aspires to perfection. Frustration and materiality are not his.

He is diligent and seeks after knowledge!

He studies so that he may evaluate and have good judgment, chemistry, physiology, psychology, religion, history economics; in fact he keeps abreast of the times and finds all subjects are related to growth.

He is just! He is kind! He is moral! He is clean in body and mind!

He is courteous! he has a faith in the ultimate goodness of man.

Human nature has not changed and the world won't change unless we change ourselves.

(A. V. H.)