People pretty much agree that we're composed of energy. If we're broken down into atoms and those atoms are broken down, only energy remains. So, wouldn't it be fair to reason that what we watch and eat and do influences who we are at an energetic level?
I don't believe that our planet is becoming more enlightened -- the opposite is happening. Wars exist on almost every continent, if not between religious factions, then between gang members, neighborhoods, individuals warring against the system, even families. All that negative energy pervades our psyches. We can't help but feel the pain and suffering.
What about eating animals? Animals that have been raised in intense confinement. From their loveless birth to their untimely death in a slaughterhouse filled with fear and suffering, their flesh is packaged in cellophane, shipped to the supermarket, bought, cooked and eaten. If the creature's energy is trapped in its muscle and tissues, the humans that consume it are ingesting its pain, isolation, terror and fear.
Unless you're aware of what happens in these mega-factory farms, you have no idea the brutality that is encased in those massive walls. Videos of unwanted piglets being slammed against the ground in order to kill them, will remain in my mind forever. Newborn male calves born in a dairy farm being taken away moments after birth and isolated in a veal crate will also never leave me. the thought of dining on an animals' flesh is as repulsive to me as murdering the animal myself.
Isaac Bashevis Singer said it best: "As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together."