Mapenzi is Vegan – Vegan is Love

Mapenzi is a Swahili word that means love. Love is compassion. In this article, I share my thoughts on compassionate animals, compassion in quantum physics, and compassion in music.

Little Tyke and Becky the lamb peacefully co-exist

Little Tyke with her favorite friend,
Becky the lamb


Last month, after one of Dr. Will Tuttle’s lectures, I asked him about the prophecy of the coming ‘Golden Age, where the lion lies down with the lamb.’ He replied that what he does know is that every culture has a story about a period of time in pre-history in which there was a ‘Golden Era’, where man and beast, and beast and beast, peacefully (non-violently) co-existed. He asked if I had heard about Little Tyke, a compassionate African lioness who refused to eat flesh. It’s astonishing to me that in over five decades, I had never heard about her (yet I, as well as the rest of America, know all too well about Tony the Tiger.) Little Tyke appeared on Art Baker’s television show, You Asked for It, in the mid 1950’s. Here is a link to a 3 min. video with Dr. Knight discussing Little Tyke. I just finished reading the lovely book, Little Tyke, The Amazing True Story of the World-Famous Vegetarian African Lioness, written by her guardian, Georges H. Westbeau. Here is a link to the synopsis of Little Tyke’s story, written by Kim Sheridan. Little Tyke with kitten.

Little Tyke with kitten Tyke with Becky full body in yardShe found even one drop of blood repugnant

                                       Little Tyke forever refused to eat flesh.

“When we open our eyes and our hearts to the amazing beings with whom we share our planet, we discover how compassion and empathy smoothly cross species borders.” This quote is by Mark Bekoff (author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto) in his praise for Jennifer H. Holland’s book, Unlikely Friendships – 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. Here is a lecture on compassion in animals, by ethologist, Dr. Jonathan Balcombe, that is very interesting. When I perform my chores, and rest, amongst the peaceful bovines, horses, dogs, cats, pig and roosters, (who are also harmonious amongst each other), I realize how fortunate it is that we (inter-species) trust each other not to attack. I’m aware that these animals could destroy me with their sharp teeth and beaks, dangerous claws, strong bodies, and powerful hooves and horns, but they don’t because they possess mapenzi.

Mapenzi – that’s what veganism is all about – love for all, and honoring the sacred trust not to attack. Compassion is a desire to help all human and non-human animals live lives filled with peace, trust, joy, and harmony.


A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

This principle, (which I introduced in my previous two articles, ‘Celebrate our return to indigenous veganism’ and ‘Eve was framed: a loving tribute to women and girls’) was also shared by the Catholic priest, Thomas Berry. Thomas Esakin has written about Berry’s and Einstein’s similarities on his blog. Also in the 21st century, Dr. Robert Lanza describes this theory of “intertwined consciousness” in his book, Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe. He uses an example that, in time, the hunter becomes the hunted.

As we sow we reap.  As humanity sows, societies reap. The science of elemental vibrations verifies that “all things are one” (as speculated by Heraclitus in 500 BC.)   As we humans destroy, consume, and are violent toward sentient ones (whose interests are as important to them as ours are to us),  we, also, are then consumed and destroyed, not by a stronger, superior species, but by the reactions of our own making – addictions, wars, violence, and disease. (Disease can be seen as reflective violence that implodes, compared to violence that explodes.)

Knowledge of the consequences of carnism puts the Golden Rule in a new light. Dr. Will Tuttle lectures about vibrational interconnectivity  — that which we inflict upon animals reflects back at us;  for example, depression and anxiety disorders, pharmaceutical drug dependency, exploitation of others, mass imprisonment, deceit, and obesity.  In his poem (see Guest Authors at World Peace Writers), Tuttle explains it “as the heart of their own heart, And they are judged only by themselves, And are punished only by their own actions in the endless rounds of being, of learning and growing, of eventually understanding.” Alice Walker also writes, “We are one lesson” in her short story, “Am I Blue?”.

When we investigate the age of each animal who enters a slaughterhouse, we learn that consumers buy and eat the dead bodies of mostly young mothers and their young ones — offspring comparable in age to infants, toddlers, and at the oldest, adolescents.  Suffering begets suffering: violence begets violence.  Poverty is violence.  Human justice activists expose the fact that those who suffer most from human trafficking, poverty, and labor violations are women and children. I believe that the vibrations of our actions transformationally boomerang continually, but not continuously, in order to give us an opportunity to practice free will.  If the reflective experience of our decisions were as clear cut as, for example, that of someone who avoids peanuts because she has a peanut allergy, we would never get the chance to grow spiritually, and awaken to the higher constitution of compassion.

As we’ve reduced the females of other species to objects, insensitively treating them as mere breeders and then disregarding their pain and suffering (and their need and feelings for family and relationships), we, through the law of reciprocity, have created a human culture of intolerance, dysfunction, and female sexual oppression, exploitation,  pornography, and violence.  This connection is clearly made in Jim Mason’s superb book,  An Unnatural Order. As we instill fear in animals, stealing their children, abducting the newborns in order to steal mothers’ milk, and then stealing the lives of those mothers who no longer ovulate or lactate, we’ve created a society filled with fear.  We lock up everything, everywhere, create weapons, and carry guns for fear of someone stealing our precious ones and our lives.

Sow love not fear.

As we bless others, we are blessed.  As the number of vegan individuals in societies increase, we will gradually and consistently experience a shift in human consciousness and a decrease in disease, violence, poverty, and injustice.

When I observe the populace enjoying themselves at the expense and suffering of others, with either ignorance (uninformed/unaware) or indifference and disregard, I realize that the horrendous suffering is concealed, and unfortunately, few women take notice or care. However, like apartheid and slavery, this societal behavior, caused by culturally induced lack of education, denial, misinformation, indoctrination, or indulgence, won’t last forever. Let’s create a better world by going vegan. Take meat off the menu. Stop purchasing local, organic, free-range, grass-fed beef, breast milk (udder milk?), pork, mutton, goat, and fowl.  If we never (again) want to experience deceit, betrayal, and bullying, then we need to stop participating, directly or indirectly with our purchasing dollars, in practices that deceive, betray, and bully others.  As long as there is slaughtering, there will be bullying. If we no longer want to be ‘surprised’ by unexpected violence (such as that which is daily witnessed via worldwide news) then we need to stop supporting violent acts (such as the slaughter of “humanely-raised” and “loved” farmed animals, who, upon finding themselves in a slaughter line are ‘surprised’ and terrified) because… the terror, fear, pain, and suffering that we inflict, inevitably, spiritually, returns to us, reflecting our own actions.

As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace

  (Album cover of The Smiths, Meat is Murder)

Most women (and schools) who serve the mammary and ovulatory (menstrual) secretions and/or the dismembered dead body of a sentient, tortured, and terrified female to their families and communities avoid viewing educational slaughterhouse videos.  (This link is to the French version.  Other Spanish, German, and Italian educational videos that include additional footage of slaughterhouses, as well as some of the agricultural practices legally used in the bovine milk, pig, and egg industries, are included in Part 3: Compassion in Music.)

When societies participate in systems of oppression, those societies will both conceal and use language (“cows give milk”) to mask the absent referent.  To use truthful language is radical, important, and powerful. Although our schools (and media) exclude exposure and truth-telling in animal experiments and agriculture, we can’t keep the truth from the youth. Today’s youth are producing their own music videos to educate their peers as is evident in the Hip Hop Vegan Movement.

Dr. Aimee Breeze Harper, founder of the Sistah Vegan Project, helps parents on how to tell their young children the truth about speciesism and other systems of oppression. To lighten things up, a bit, in this serious topic about the effects of our diet, here is a video that adults can enjoy.  It is an entertaining (4 min.) medical video, “Raise the Flag”. Through evolution, we now know that we don’t need to eat animals.  Therefore, instead of continuing to rape (forced impregnation) and slaughter, including the females, mothers, and the early slaughter of those mothers’ male infants in the egg and dairy industries, we can choose to be non-violent and eat plants.

We are our thoughts and actions.  Each and every one of us makes our world. Question everything this culture says, throw off the chains of harming and stealing from fish, birds, and other mammals, and join the vegan celebration! We will love this world and each other so deeply that we will all be transformed.”  Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet Liqin Cao (vegan) & Freddaflower of United Poultry Concerns

Although (on the surface) it may appear that not everyone suffers from the vibrational reprisal of our cultural violence towards animals, the sympathy and consequences affect us all.  Similarly, when natural disasters strike, not everyone is struck. Some luckily escape unharmed;  while others in the same vicinity are, unfortunately, hurt or destroyed by the tornado, tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, drought, wildfire, or flood.  Just as we know that the violent weather was the cause of the destruction and devastation, we also know that our institutionalized violence towards animals (although hidden from public knowledge and view in the food, clothing, and research industries)  is the cause of much sorrow to humanity. Let’s open our hearts and stop the violence.


These links are to songs that are all about compassion.  Enjoy the music, open heart, and higher consciousness of these talented musicians!

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
a kid-friendly, upbeat music video by OhWhyOhWhyOrg
Little Tyke  A beautiful video that chronicles the story of Little Tyke, including lovely photos of her with her animal friends and their guardian, Margaret Westbeau.
The Truth about Dairy Cows
MC Albino   German video  (English translation in “Comments” section below)
One Species  Spanish version
The Smiths, Italian version  (This one contains additional slaughterhouse footage that is different from the French and four other educational music videos that are linked above in Part 2.)
No Bones No Blood by Jah Sun  (Happy dance song
Your Sacred Heart  (Gospel)

Additional educational music videos are included in Part Ten: V-Day and Vegan Unity
This article, Mapenzi is Vegan – Vegan is Love, has a postlude, Compassion in Action, comprised of an additional 7 parts, for a total of 10 parts, posted Valentine’s Day, 2014. Marlene Ahimsa Nareau  12/13 updated January 10, 2014

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4 Responses to Mapenzi is Vegan – Vegan is Love

  • Marlene says:

    Below is a translation of the lyrics to the song, Ohne Rechte, by MC Albino (in Part 3).

    I asked Stefan Gutwin if he would share his expertise, and his opinion on this German music video (danke sehr, Stefan!), and here is his reply:

    “I am not exactly a rap specialist, but I would say those lyrics are excellent. I think the song is appropriate for your article, it’s talking in an intelligent way about speciesism and peace etc. It would be worth translating it, but this has to wait until I have a longer moment… Right now, I just wanted to give you an idea by translating the chorus. Here it comes:

    German Title of the song: Ohne Rechte

    Planet Erde – die Macht des Stärkeren regiert.
    Survival of the fittest, wer schwach ist, verliert.
    Kapiert hab ich das nie, wie soll man’s auch verstehen,
    daß Verbrechen geschehen, die Menschen blindlings weitergehen.
    Drum leih ich meine Stimme denen, die keine haben.
    Die ohne Rechte sind – in aussichtslosen Lagen.
    Bewußtsein will ich schaffen, und es wird höchste Zeit.
    Tagtäglich erleiden Tiere für uns das größte Leid.

    Title meaning: Without Rights

    Planet Earth – the idea that “might makes right” rules.
    Survival of the fittest, the weaker loses.
    I have never understood that, how could one understand
    that crimes happen and people look the other way.
    Therefore I give my voice to those who don’t have any.
    Those who are without rights – in hopeless situations.
    I want to raise consciousness; it’s high time.
    Every day, animals are in agony because of us.

    Some excerpts:

    Und jeder, der die Ruhe stört, wird freigegeben zum hassen.
    –> And anyone who disturbs the ease/calm is allowed to be hated. [like in “allowed to be shot”]

    Wissen, wie das Schnitzel vorher aussah, will man eh nicht.
    –> Nobody wants to know what the schnitzel looked like before.

    Das kann ja wohl nicht wahr sein, also schafft mit mir die Wende.
    Ich will wahren Frieden auf Erden sehen, das war’s – Ende.
    –> That cannot be true, so work for the change with me.
    I want to see real peace on Earth, that’s all – the end.

    In the end, he calls people to remember the love they have in their heart and go vegan.”

  • Marlene says:

    Peacewriter, it’s always nice to read your comments. Thank you.

    Stefan, Merci! I appreciate the fact that you provided links for the French and German languages. I updated this post with an additional music video about Little Tyke that contains Korean text.

    One Love!

  • Peacewriter says:

    I love this story about Little Tyke! It absolutely explains what I feel and others have expressed, that all animals (and people) were non-violent and plant eaters at one time. It only makes sense. What a great soul.

  • Stefan Gutwin says:

    Thank you, Marlene, for your insights on compassion!
    I had heard about Little Tyke, it is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. What an excellent idea to bring this amazing story to the awareness of our readers. I would like to contribute links to the synopsis in French and in German in case someone wants to share with friends speaking those languages:

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