Today, I submitted a new word to the Urban Dictionary: “veco.”
I think it sums up two philosophies that are branches of the same tree. It’s a combination of “vegan” and “eco.”
Vegan + Eco = Veco
To me these two terms have the same underlying philosophy. Living a vegan and an eco-conscious lifestyle – “veco” – means we are aware of how our lifestyle choices impact others. It means we are willing to make adjustments that contribute to our own health and the health of others, including other species. It means we are doing, at the least, what is within out power to do less harm.
These two terms are rooted in great power – and not abusing that power.
Where does that great power come from?
It comes from awareness, from expanded consciousness, and from empathy.
As human beings, we are now the dominant species on Earth because we have the power to destroy everything. And we are certainly hell-bent on a path to do just that – as we decimate other species on this planet and destroy entire ecosystems.
This is the essence of abuse of power.
Abuse of power is always idiotic, always the antithesis of expanded consciousness and spiritual evolution. We know better. We have the power to do better. We have the power to nurture and protect those who are weaker than we are – instead of abusing and exploiting them.
To me, living a veco lifestyle means to live a life that harnesses the power that we all possess – to be knowledgeable, to be understanding, to be empathetic, to not exploit our advantage. It’s the opposite of abuse of power.
Living the veco way means to stand in real power, which involves making decisions and taking actions that love, nurture, and protect others – each other, our fellow species, and the natural ecosystems that support life on this planet.