Last Sunday my family and I volunteered at a fundraiser for Full Circle Farm Sanctuary. Sarah and William managed the table while I videographed the event. The even was held at Sanctuary Brewing Company, which happens to have vegan food and beer!
This event was fantastic. There was an awesome turnout, the chili and beer was super delicious. Carolina Catskins was a special musical treat. Everyone was very nice and we made several new friends. I met Laura Theodore (Jazzy Vegetarian) and her husband, the owner of Sanctuary Brewing Lisa McDonald, and many other amiable vegans.
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I was Grocery shopping the other day and stumbled across this issues of National Geographic on Superfoods. It’s subtitled “Eat Your Way to Health and Longevity” accompanied by a collage of fruits, nuts, veggies, etc. on the cover, so I just had to get it!
Right away I could tell this is going to be a great read. The first few pages introduce the reason for a plant based diet. They emphasize how far science has taken our knowledge regarding all the evidenced that a plant based diet is better for not only us but our planet, how nutrient deficient so many Americans are, and how easy it can be to really eat healthy.
Getting to the premise of it “This magazine is filled with up-to-date, evidence-based information on 91 foods-vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, whole grains, and more- to help guide you toward better health”.
Each food item they discuss explains in awesome detail what the food item is, where it comes from, minerals and nutrients in it, a bit of science around it, and more. Information is organized well highlighting things like recipes, ways to prepare and consume raw, pairing items, and how it can benefit you and your planet.
As far as I can tell it’s all vegan. I thought Sarah noticed one small item in a recipe when I first showed it to her. But, looking back I can’t find it. I honestly haven’t had a chance to read it all yet, but so far it’s great! I wanted to get this out there quick because it’s available until April 6, 2016.
It’s so great seeing more and more honest information being put out there. Great job National Geographic!
This video, appropriately titled “The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear”, by Gary Yourofsky was one of the most inspirational and important when I first became vegan.
Originally, I became vegan for health reasons. I just didn’t feel healthy with my traditional diet. Gary challenged me to really think about the ethics and logic in a much deeper way.
This video is the pinnacle of logic being put well. It expresses for ethics what “Cowspiracy” does for the environment. Gary’s presentation is so important that I also rank it up with other great, significant documentaries like “Mission Blue” and “Food Matters“. All these fuel veganism with such meaningful integrity. So be sure to check all these videos out after this!
Welcome to “the world’s oldest and strongest addiction”
When what we do makes sense on every level we are much stronger. We are living in harmony with our body, mind, community, all of life, and the world. We enable our existence to maintain being a part of the universe.
Being a healthy Vegan is quintessential to the continuity needed for good mental health. It fosters physical health as well. And veganism’s integrity is so omnipresent, far beyond you, perpetuating a difference across the planet.
Here’s a start of some interesting
“It is never ok to be picking and choosing which forms of discrimination to be opposed to”
“The Golden Rule states, do unto others as you would have done unto yourself. Animals qualify as others. And, though shall not kill. The four most important yet most ignored words in all religious teachings.”
“Speciesism: the unethical, unprincipled point of view that the human species has every right to exploit, enslave, and murder another species. And all because we believe our species is so more special, so more superior than the other ones. We’re the only ones that count and we’re the only ones that matter. That line of thinking, that thought process, that is the bases of all forms of discrimination.”
“Understand something essential about discrimination. It is never ok to be picking and choosing which forms of discrimination to be opposed to. Which ones to say are evil, racism, and which ones to say are ok, speciesism. Discrimination is evil in its foundation or it’s not. Cannot have this one both ways, it does not work like that.”
When sharing a video of what goes on in a slaughterhouse, Gary says to his audience “if you choose to eat meat, milk, cheese, and eggs I think at the very least you are obligated to see the pain and suffering your are causing. But if you do feel a need to turn away or close your eyes during this video, you might need to ask yourself a question. If it’s not good enough for my eyes then why is it good enough for my stomach?”
“Right now, on American highways, there are no less than 5,000 concentration camp trucks. Trucks that we constructed. Inside these trucks there are living, terrified, innocent beings; Cows and pigs and chickens. These trucks are being driven to concentration camp slaughterhouses that we’ve carefully constructed all across America. When the trucks arrive the animals are so frightened they won’t even get off the truck. They’re not stupid, they know what’s next. So, people go on the trucks with electric prods and force them to walk down the shoots to their own death… inside, these innocent, living beings are hanged upside down fully conscious. In other words, they go in live against their will and come out chopped up into hundreds of pieces. Do you know what’s more insane than that? Meat eaters walking around like their lifestyle isn’t causing any harm! Like it’s normal and natural to be consuming violence and death. How would you feel if the day you were born somebody else had already planned the day of your execution?”
Cowspiracy is an incredible documentary regarding the animal agricultural industry. It’s a journey through the eyes of Kip Andersen as he explores the effects this industry has. The journey predominantly revolves around the shocking, and most disturbing facts of the meat industries environmental impact. This journey appropriate evolves into the ethical aspects of slaughtering animals. Below are some clips from the video. The full version is available on Netflix and for purchase/rent on YouTube. For facts checks visit: cowspiracy.com/facts
“The world’s climate scientist tell us that the highest safe level of emissions would be around 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide green house gases in the atmosphere, we’re already at 400. They tell us that the sort of safest we could hope to do without having perilous implications as far as drought, famine, human conflict, major species extinction would be about a 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature. We’re rapidly approaching that and with all the built-in carbon dioxide that’s already in the atmosphere we’re easily going to exceed that. So, on our watch we’re facing the next major extinction of species on the earth that we haven’t seen since the time of the dinosaurs disappearing.”
UN News Centre: Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns.
“Hydraulic fracking uses 100 billion gallons of water every year in the United States. Raising livestock just in the US consumes 34 trillion gallons of water. And it turns out that methane emissions from both industries are nearly equal.”
One quarter pounder hamburger requires over 660 gallons of water to produce.
One hamburger is equivalent to taking a shower for 2 months.
Domestic water use is only 5% of what is used in the US versus 55% animal agriculture.
“ I think that the water footprint of animal husbandry is greater than other activities, there’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it.”
Carbon dioxide from the transportation and energy sectors have a terrible effect on our environment
65 percent of the worlds Nitrous Oxide is produced from animal agriculture, a gas with the global warming potential 296 times greater than CO2 per pound.
Energy related CO2 emissions are expected to increase 20 percent by 2040. Yet, emissions from agriculture are predicted to increase 80 percent by 2050.
“According to two environmental specialist at the world bank group, using the global standard for measuring greenhouse gases concluded that animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of human cause climate change.”
“Raising animals for food is responsible for 30% of the worlds’ water consumption; occupies up to 45% of the earth’s land; is responsible for up to 91% of Brazilian Amazon destruction; is the leading cause of ocean dead zones; the leading cause of habitat destruction, and the leading cause of species extinction.”
“free living animals 10,000 years ago made up 99 percent of the bio mass. Human beings only made up 1 percent of the bio mass. Today, only 10,000 years later, which is really just a fraction of time, we human beings and the animals that we own as property make up 98 percent of the biomass. And wild free living animals make up only 2 percent. We’ve basically completely stolen the world, the earth, from free living animals to use for ourselves and our cows and pigs and chickens and factory farming and fish. And the oceans have been even more devastating.”
“We’re in the middle of the largest mass extinction of species in 65 million years, rain forest is being cut down at the rate of an acre per second. And the driving force behind all of this is animal agriculture, cutting down the forest to graze animals and grow soy beans, genetically engineered soy beans to feed to feed to the cows, chickens, pigs and factory farmed fish.”
Several sources suggest that even the environmental organizations are not willing to talk about animal agriculture being a grave concern because they are businesses and need to protect their revenue sources that this crucial information may upset.
“116,000 pounds of farm animal excrement is produced every second in the US alone. That is enough waste per year to cover ever square foot of San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Paris, New Delhi, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Rio De Janeiro, Delaware, Bali, Costa Rica, and Denmark combined!”
“Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans. Comprise more than 95,000 square miles of areas completely devoid of life.”
“If we don’t wake up and do something about it we’re going to see fishless oceans by the year 2048, that’s the prediction from scientist.”
“We’re at over 28 Billion animals were pulled out of the ocean last year. They’re not ever going to get a chance to recover, they can’t recover, they don’t multiple that quickly, we’re not given an opportunity.”
“The way we fish today to feed the demand of 90 million tons of fish is primarily through massive fish nets. For every single pound of fish caught there’s up to five pounds of untargeted species trapped; such as dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and sharks, known as bi-kill.”
“Between 40 and 50 million sharks each year are killed in fishing lines and fishing nets as bi-kill.”
“It is estimated that every day close to a hundred plant, animal, and insect species are lost due to rainforest destruction.”
“It is estimated that Palm oil is responsible for 26 Million acres being cleared, though, compared to livestock and their feedcrops, they are responsible for a 136 Million acres of rainforest lost to date”
“The Amazon rainforest itself could be gone in the next ten years”
“Why isn’t anybody doing anything about this? In Brazil in particular, if you look at what happened when the forest code was passed. People who were standing up against the lobbyist, special interest, cattle industry, the agribusiness industry, what was happening to them? A lot of people who were speaking out got killed… A lot of people just keep their mouths shut, because they don’t want to be the next one with a bullet in their head.”
Sister Dorothy Stang was a US born Nun living in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. Her life’s work was to protect the Amazon. She spoke out openly against the destruction of rainforest with cattle ranching for years. Walking home one night she was brutally gunned down at point blank range by a hired gun from the cattle industry. 1931-2005”
“Over 1,100 activists have been killed in the last 20 years in Brazil.”
“Cattle produce 150 billion gallons of Methane per day mostly due to deforestation and the waste they produce. Which is 130 times more waste than the entire human population, virtually all without the benefit of any waste treatment.”
“Using 4,500 acres to produce 80,000 lbs of meat a year when the average person consumes 209 lbs per year, if that was all grass fed beef only 382 people could be fed on the land, that equates to 11.7 acres per person times 314 million Americans which equals 3.7 billion acres of grazing land. Unfortunately there are only 1.9 billion acres in the US’s lower 48 states. Currently nearly half of all US land is already dedicated to animal agriculture. If we were to switch over to grass feed beef it would require clearing every square inch of the United States, up into Canada, all of Central America and well into South America. And this is just to feed the US demand on meat. That doesn’t even take into consideration that much of that land isn’t suited to graze livestock.”
“Typically a cow will eat 140 to 150 pounds of feed a day. And it will also drink between 30 and 40 gallons of water”
“How could dairy be sustainable when one gallon of milk takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce”
“Almost a third of the planet’s land is becoming desert with the vast majority due to livestock grazing”
“The government also shoots bobcats, coyote, mountain lion, cougars, and wolf packs to “protect” cattle on public land.”
“If you take externalized costs, which are about 414 billion dollars, if the meat and dairy industries were required to internalize those costs, the costs of the retail prices of meat and dairy would sky rocket. So a $5 carton of eggs would go to $13, a $4 big mac would go to $11. Whether you eat meat or not, you are paying part of the cost of somebody else’s consumption. So that when somebody goes into a Mc Donalds and buys a big mac for $4 there’s another $7 of costs that imposed on society”
“When you really look at who’s benefiting and who’s lobbied for this system of agriculture it’s the largest food producers in the country and the largest meat producers. And once they become so large and wealthy then they can dictate the federal policies around producing food because they have so much political power.”
“Animal rights and environmental activist are the number domestic terrorism threat according to the FBI.”
“One of the largest industries on the planet with the biggest environmental impact trying to keep us in the dark about how it’s operating.”
“You either live for something or die for nothing.”
“In 1812 the world population was 1 Billion. In 1912 it was 1.5 Billion. In 2012 it grew to 7 Billion. But even more important when determining world population is the 70 Billion farm animals humans raise.”
“The human population drinks 5.2 billion gallons of water every day and needs 21 billion lbs of food. But just the worlds 1.5 Billion cows alone drink 45 billion gallons of water every day and eat 135 billion lbs of food. This isn’t so much a human population issue, it’s a human eating animals population issue.”
“82 percent of the worlds starving children live in countries where food is fed to animal in a livestock systems that are then killed and eaten by more well off individuals in developed countries; such as US, UK, and Europe”
“The fact of it is that we can feed every human being on the planet today an adequate diet if we did no more than take the feed that we are feeding the animals and actually turn into food for humans.”
“You can produce on average 15 times more protein from plant based sources than from meat on any given area of land, using the same type of land, whether it’s a very fertile area in one area of the world or whether it’s an area that’s depleted”
“When you imagine all those egg laying hens eating all that soy and all that corn you have an energy conversion ratio of about 38 to 1. Whereas alternatively you can find plants, you can grow those plants and convert them into food. And the energy conversion ratio for the plants that we’re using to replace the eggs is about 2 to 1.”
“We are making (plant based) the omega products and proving that we can make them better tasting food that’s great for you and takes 1 20th of the land and resources that dairy do”
“When you think about it, the purpose of cows’ milk… is to turn a 65 pound calf into a 400 pound cow as rapidly as possible. Cow’s milk is baby calf growth food. Everything in that white liquid, the hormones, the lipids, the protein, the sodium, the growth factors, the IGF, every one of those is meant to blow that calf up to a great big cow, or it wouldn’t be there. And whether you pour it on your cereal as a liquid, whether you clot it into yogurt, whether you ferment it into cheese, whether you freeze it into ice cream, it’s baby calf growth fluid. And women eat it and it stimulates their tissues, and it gives women breast lumps, it makes the uterus get big, and they get fibroids and they bleed and they get hysterectomies, and they need mammograms, and gives guys man boobs. Cow’s milk is the lactation secretions of a large bovine mammal who just had a baby.”
“Not only is veganic more compassionate, it’s also more efficient. And in a society with this many billions of people, we need to be as efficient as possible. Some people might go back and say if we embraced this primitive approach of only wild animals everywhere, and we go back to a hunter-gatherer system, that sounds great. But that was 10 million people on the entire continent. Maybe a little big more, a little bit less, on one really knows. Today, now we have what? We have 320 million in the US, 25 million in Canada, another 100 and so many million in Mexico. So, North America is up to almost 450 million people. Trying to find a way to bring animal agriculture in balance with 450 million hungry people is impossible.”
“216,000 more people are born to the planet every day… what really extraordinary is you need per day 314,000 new acres of farmable land. It’s not happening. “
“To feed a person on an all-plant based vegan diet for a year requires just one-sixth of an acre of land. To feed that same person on a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy requires three times as much land. To feed an average US citizen’s high –consumption diet of meat, dairy, and eggs requires 18 times as much land. This is because you can produce 37,000 lbs of vegetables on one and a half acres, but only 375 pounds of meat on that same plot of land.”
As a vegan “every single day I save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 lbs. of grain, 30 sq. ft forested land, the equivalent of 10 pounds of CO2, and 1 animal’s life every single day.”
“Renewable energy is a good idea, and development is projected to take 20 years and, at least, minimally, $18 trillion to develop. Another solution to climate change we could stop eating animals. And it could be done today. It doesn’t have to take 20 years. And it certainly doesn’t have to take $18 trillion, because it costs nothing.”
“Quietly and unmistakably the most powerful thing that someone can do for the environment. No other lifestyle has a farther reaching, and more profoundly positive impact on the planet and all life on Earth than choosing to stop consuming animals and live a vegan lifestyle.”
“I had to come to the full conclusion, the only way to sustainably and ethically live on this planet with seven billion other people is to live an entirely plant-based vegan diet. I decided instead of eating others, to eat for others.”
Gary Yourofsky has delivered thousands speeches around the world. Gary enlightens, shocks people with reality, and provokes his audience to think the most powerful, ethical points of veganism. To learn more visit adaptt.org and Gary’s channel on YouTube.
“People who’ve been oppressed understand oppression better than others.”
“When you hide the truth from people then you have atrocities take place.”
“That brings to mind a quote that made me go vegan from a bishop from England, William Ralph Inge, in an 18th century sermon. This man said that we have treated our cousins in fur and feather so horribly that beyond a doubt if they ever formed an organized religion the devil would be depicted in human form.”
“We cut things off their bodies, their horns while they’re fully conscious off the cows, we cut the beaks off of hens, we rip the testicles out of baby pigs when they’re born, we torment them, put them on concentration camp trucks, we send them to slaughter houses, they know what’s going on, they’re aware, they’re conscious, they smell death and fear and blood in the air, we cut them up in pieces, this stuff has to stop.”
“When confronted with comparing the animal holocaust to the Jewish holocaust: “we’re talking 12 million people were killed by the Nazi’s, in one year alone on this planet 60 billion land animals 90 billion marine animals are tortured, tormented, and killed in the world’s most massive holocaust. That’s just in one year alone. In America today, 30 million land animals will be tortured and killed in one day alone.”
“If you took humans off this planet the extinction of humans would benefit everything that exists; the animals, the forest, the air, the water, the mountains… if you removed ants, this is how special ants are, the whole ecosystem would collapse without ants… if the bees disappear everything falls apart.”
When questioning Gary’s perspective that people who run slaughter houses are like Nazi’s: “sure, to their victims they are. It doesn’t really matter what I think. To me yes, but most importantly to their victims. The victims don’t see the people that kill Jews any different than the people who kill cows”
When the argument of nature being full of species killing other species: “It’s also full of species not killing other species. 75% of the animals on this planet are herbivores. But why do we try to justify human behavior based on lion behavior or shark behavior? It’s also unfair because nobody else wants to do any else that lions do. You notice that convenient argument, we just want to do what the lions do when they eat Antelope.”
The interviewer also inquired about humane killing. Gary cleverly retorts with an analogy of taking a women on a date, wining and dining her, then slipping her a date rape drug and raping her. He then asks “is that humane? Why not? She didn’t feel a thing! See cause the act of rape of evil ok the act of killing is evil. We can’t do it in a nice way…”
Asked, are we progressing at a pace that is sufficient: “not quickly enough for the victims. But, sadly, as you know, change is slow. I t took us four hundred years to convince white people in America not to own blacks. You can see why this is taking so long. We can’t even treat each other kindly, you can see why we have a difficult time treating chickens, and pigs, and cows… with kindness. As I bring this up I want to let people know that the path to peace is through veganism.”
“We can find peace on this planet by eradicating speciesism. Because this is the first form of hatred humans are taught. Racism, sexism, Antisemitism, hetero-sexism, these are branches of hatred. The root is speciesism because that’s the first form of hatred humans are taught. When you’re a kid growing up you’re taught be nice to the dog, be nice to the cat, but that cow and that chicken he doesn’t count, just kill him, screw them. Uh, be nice to the horse, be upset when someone poaches a rhino, be upset when somebody cuts the fins off of a shark. Hey, but that turkey, kill him, it’s thanksgiving, it’s a holiday. So, the kid is confused growing up. So when we get down to talking about discrimination and why it’s wrong and where it comes from, it all stems from that somebody looks and acts differently than you. If you taught a child growing up that hey, just because chicken looks differently than you do, that chicken has every right to live, that spider has every right to live, just like you do. How is that child going to grow up and look at a different person who’s a different size, shape and color, how is that kid going to look at that person in hatred, with violence. Speciesism, by eradicating that, we can bring peace to this planet. ”
When inquiring about Gary’s focus on the moral aspect of being vegan, and if it would be more effective to stand on the health and ecological reasons, Gary beautifully responds with “Because the issue is going to be ethics to me. Health issues are selfish reasons, I’m trying to make people unselfish, the reason why we’re so mean to animals is because we think we’re so special. I’m trying to make people altruistic. Now here’s what I love about the health benefits of veganism. When you’re being altruistic you should never anything in return. When you’re vegan you get a lot of great things in return; your health, you’re good to the earth. Let’s face it, the worst form of environmental destruction is animal agriculture. So there’s some great benefits and kickbacks. But, without a clear conscience, without mental health, we can’t have physical health. So if you’re going to focus on the physical health aspects and miss this (mental) aspect you’re still not right.”
“The Real Matrix”, does an incredible job penetrating the false logic instilled in us from culture. Follow through this video and you will be forced to face the reality of what you’re eating, the lies you are living off of, the tragic industries you are supporting, and introduces you to the lives you are destroying and killing as a non-vegan; as he puts it “Meet your Meat”.
Everyone should watch this entire video for a reality check:
This video is full of powerful example and analogies that you just have to watch, quotes are hard to pull from the full effect of their work. Nonetheless, here are just a few of the many awesome points made in this video:
3:53 “If you’re told the lie enough times, it becomes part of your reality. And if enough people were taught that lie, that the blue circle is larger than the red, then now it becomes part of the culture. And if that culture then passes that misinformation along to the next generation, now it becomes tradition. And what we have to remember is that just because we have a tradition, it does not mean it is morally acceptable. Tradition and morality are not always the same. I mean can you think of any traditions that we once had in the United States of America that we no longer have? That today we think back and that was immoral?”
5:38 “Every year in the U.S. 10 billion… Yes, 10 billion cows, Pigs, and chickens are being slaughtered for food.”
6:12 “We can slaughter 300 animals, every second, and not question that. Because of the story we have been told. The story justifies the action.”
36:47 “70% of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are fed to farm animals.”
38:48 “But, Milk must be good for kids, though, right? Because every school I’ve been into, elementary, middle and high school, there is all one product being served. What product is that? (Milk.)
39:00 “What is the #1 cause of food allergies among infants and children?”
39:37 “What countries drink the most milk? What is osteoporosis?: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Remember what have we been taught? “Drink cow’s milk, get strong bones”. Which countries have the highest rate of osteoporosis?: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland and Norway”
41:03 “In fact, if you look at countries in Africa and Asia, they don’t suffer from very high rates of osteoporosis. They also do not drink very much cow’s milk, if not at all.”
37:23 “Every story has an author. Who is the author of this story? (Dairy industry) Right. And what is the ultimate goal of the dairy industry? Why would the dairy industry be some holier than thou company. I mean, if I said to you “Cigarettes, it does the body good!” You’d probably say I work for the cigarette company, right? None of us would believed that. Why believe this?”
37:42 “And if you believe that milk does the body good, why would 75% of the human population be lactose intolerant? Do you know that means, that 3 out of every 4 people on this planet, when they drink milk, they suffer from one of these symptoms: diarrhea, stomach ache, gassiness, bloating, ear infection, excess mucus.”
42:45 In comparing Cow’s milk to alternatives, like Soy, Rice, Almond, etc…, the amount of calcium is usually the same. But, “plants have fiber, no cholesterol. Animal products, no fiber, and high in cholesterol.”
43:53 “The greatest trick ever pulled was convincing people they need to drink milk. Dairy is the worst. In terms of the cruelty inflicted upon the animals, they suffer for a longer period of time, and it’s just completely unnatural and unhealthy. It’s unhealthy. And there is a reason why people love their cheese and their milk: it is meant to be addictive.”
44:54 Milk “has a chemical called casomorphin. When you digest it, that chemical is released. Casomorphin is morphine. It makes you giddy. It makes you want more. It makes your brain think “Eat more, eat more””
“68% of all diseases in the U.S. are diet related.”
45:38 Top 3 leading causes of death in America are “Cancer, heart disease, stroke. Every 40 seconds somebody suffers a stroke in the U.S. And that’s the American Stroke Association. The American Heart Association says that every 24 seconds somebody suffers a heart attack in the U.S. And the Institute for Cancer Research say that every day 3,400 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer.”
57:20 “You can get everything from this (Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes, Whole Grains, Nuts & Seeds), everything. All your vitamins, A, B, C. Vitamin D from the sun. You get all your calcium , all your iron, your omega-3, all your protein and amino acids.”
50:39 “You know why these animals don’t suffer from these diseases? Because they eat what is natural to their anatomy. When it comes to diet, we are the dumbest species on this planet.”
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Published on May 9, 2012
A fascinating and entertaining presentation on the ethical solutions and health benefits of veganism by James Wildman of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (http://arff.org).
The goal of ARFF’s Humane Education program is to encourage a sense of personal responsibility toward animals and the planet, to empower young people to make conscious, compassionate choices, and to encourage critical thought.