We all have reasons for embracing a more compassionate lifestyle, but for comedian Steve-O, the shift to becoming vegan was a bit more extraordinary.
In an interview with RollingStone.com, the 38-year-old reveals that drugs – and the voices he heard while taking them – were partially responsible.
”I was doing so many drugs that I literally started hearing voices,” he says. “I considered the voices my spirit friends, and they were telling me to kill myself. Some of them were nasty characters, but other ones told me they were worried about me… One of them told me I was going to have to answer for s**t.”
“One time I did something particularly nasty – I tried to really hurt someone’s feelings with a text message. I heard a voice in my right ear say, ‘You’re going to have to answer for that’. Later I came across a YouTube video where this Krishna consciousness guy in India was talking about how it’s difficult for Westerners to be saved because there’s such little respect for life on the planet. “
“This guy said, ‘How can you expect to be saved if you eat meat?’ I put that together with the voices I was hearing and I became afraid of having some kind of spiritual punishment.”
Steve-O goes on to talk about his award-winning animal activism – including the recent short film he narrated for Farm Sanctuary titled “What Came Before.”
“I got a request through my publicist to narrate this video,” he says.” Generally I don’t like to pull out the soapbox, but I cared enough that I’m glad I did it. I don’t go around lecturing people and telling them they shouldn’t eat meat. I just don’t think that’s terrible effective. I just try to tell people how I have personally benefitted from the vegan lifestyle. People work really hard to stay ignorant. If they didn’t, if they watched this fucking video that I narrated, I think that a great number of them would stop eating meat.”
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