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Dick Gregory, from the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU.

Oh, how do I begin?

Few people truly shine bright on many levels, & Dick Gregory is one of those people. He has shone inside & out, as well as across the board since the late 1950’s. And even now in 2012, you can see him at almost every major event that speaks on behalf of people’s rights.

His list of achievements is too long to list here. We are talking about almost 80 years of living fully. And when I say living fully, I don’t mean living a full life — I mean putting your life on the line! Living out loud & speaking your mind; doing all you can to find the truth; standing up for yourself & others; experimenting & testing & investigating; being an artist (first black comedian to break the color barrier); being an author (of 13 books, as either writer or co-writer); being an athlete (ran from California to New York City, averaging 50 miles per day for 71 days); being vegetarian since the 1960’s, and in more recent years raw vegan (he chose to not eat animals or animal products, because of his dedication to non-violence); fasting on water for 70 days straight (Dick Gregory is well known for his hunger strikes); running for president in 1968 (garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson); feeding the hungry (shipped 10,000 pounds of beans to feed people in Marks, Mississippi); cancer survivor (cured himself of lymphoma with natural methods); I can go on & on.

Peter Barry Chowka summed it up perfectly when he said, “Gregory’s name, is synonymous with progressive social and political causes. He is that rare combination (like Gandhi) of activist and healer, one whose own life illustrates how real change first must come from within oneself.”

Thank you, Dick Gregory. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for having the courage to think for yourself. Thank you for putting yourself on the line. Thank you for looking deeper. Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for teaching others how beautiful & powerful they are. Thank you for reminding us to love & to be fearless. Thank you for showing us how much can be accomplished in one lifetime. Thank you for being you. Thank you, thank you, thank you…

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The taste, the habit, the extravagance, the repercussions — is it worth it? If not, there is another way.

As I have mentioned before, nothing has changed my life more dramatically than my raw plant based diet. Almost everything in my life that is currently working for me is a result of this switch. After I made the change, my life & my heart began to radically open up.

You can take my word for it, or you can read a previous blog post I wrote about it, or you can watch this excellent video by Victor Van Epps filled with informative data (video embedded above), or you can listen to the experience of inspirational Ultraman triathlete Rich Roll  (video embedded below) & decide for yourself if it is something that you would like to try. If you would like to stop the destruction of the planet’s resources, the murder of over 59 billion animals each year, & the health issues that result from a high protein (& animal fat) diet — you can. It always starts with you.

It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing venture. Simply work towards more responsible consumption & see where it leads you. Take it day by day. Don’t do it out of fear, or guilt, or pressure, or for superficial goals. Do it out of love. Out of love for yourself, love for the planet, love for the animals & love for mankind. Honor & celebrate life! Love it fully, live it fully!

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