A 2-Minute Incident Made Me Permanently Stop Eating Meat After 20 Years


This article isn’t about eating or stopping meat though

Binding the thrashing hoofs with nylon strings, the butcher pulled out a whetstone.


As he scraped the knife, it glinted menacingly in the sunlight — and the kid’s pupils dilated in terror.

Yanking its head back, he sliced open the goat’s throat in one fluid stroke.

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As thick blood sprayed over the whetstone, its ear-murdering bleating waned into silence.

But my inner bleating grew deafening — until it shattered the morbid reverie.

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Never in my 22 years on Earth had a slaughter affected me this deeply.

In 2 minutes, a hay-munching cute goat kid had its life violently stolen—to appease my privileged taste buds and fulfill my protein “needs”

Even recounting the memory brings furious tears to my eyes.

Well before my conscious self realized it, my subconscious had made the decision.

That martyr of a goat kid put a full stop to 1 human’s meat consumption.

I won’t sit on my moral high horse and pass ethical absolutes on eating meat or abstaining from it.

That’s 100% your choice.

But this incident made me realize a deeper truth — a truth that could shape the very trajectory of your life.

A truth I need to share with you.

The only Source of Truth You Can Trust

Your inner voice.

The voice that emanates from the depth of your being — from the infinite Self that connects every atom of the universe.

Call it God’s voice. Call it your conscience. Call it a gut feeling. Call it Intuition. Call it a cosmic sign.

But you can’t deny there’s something beyond us that stirs us deep down.

Nietzsche’s legendary philosophical work after weeping for a brutalized horse. Kekule’s dream of a tail-biting Ouroboros led to the discovery of Benzene’s structure. Tesla’s divine 3–6–9 secret code to the universe.

“Prayer is telephoning to God, and intuition is God telephoning to you.”

— Florence Scovel Shinn

For every exact combination of time, place, and circumstance in your life, there’s a right choice — that only your inner voice knows.

In those 2 minutes, that voice was unmistakable — and my decision was unshakable.

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There Are Only 2 Kinds of Life-Changing Decisions

But only one of them is right.

Impulsive decisions deaf to your inner voice’s screaming—from maxing your credit card for a fancy Maserati to drunk-racing your car off a cliff.
Hard decisions that align with your inner voice — from quitting smoking to be a better role model for your son to walking away from a $450,000 career to save starving Nigerian kids.
The best litmus test to differentiate the two?

Does your soul feel lighter or heavier post the decision?

Wrong decisions pull you like gravity but weigh you down with regret and guilt.

Right decisions are like antigravity — every atom of your body resists the push but you end up lighter.

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”

— Jerzy Gregorek

For months and years, you can wrestle with hard decisions — going back and forth in hair-tearing frustration.

But in one sudden moment of clarity, your inner voice can break through.

How to Develop a Sharper Ear for Your Inner Voice

The ego is your inner voice’s arch nemesis.

The ego wants to do what it wants — the inner voice wants to do what’s right.

The ego’s the droplet of what you know — the inner voice’s the vast ocean of what you don’t know.

Even when your inner voice seems irrational, it’s correct — because it’s a function of what you don’t yet know. As Henry Winkler said,

“Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.”

Only in hindsight will you realize the wisdom of this decision.

As your understanding of yourself, others, and the world grows, your ego quietens, and your inner voice grows louder.

“The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.”

— Aristotle

In every situation, we face a choice:

Stroke our egos — and do what’s comfortable
Swallow our ego, heed our inner voice — and do what’s right.
Every such choice we make is a vote — the side with a fatter vote bank wins in the long run.

To hear your inner voice better, heed your inner voice more.

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Final Thoughts

Life’s best decisions come from heeding your inner voice. At first, they might even seem utterly foolish.

Like dropping 3 tabs of acid late at 12 AM after a whirlwind date → Only to gain heart-rending clarity and end up going monk mode

Or like taking an emergency work leave despite a critical deadline for a last-minute date → Only to now envision a lifetime together with her.

Cosmic intelligence far surpasses our own — putting our “rationality” to shame.

Your inner voice needn’t make sense to you.

It only needs to feel right.

Contributed Neeramitra Reddy

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