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Wars, Diet and the
Rape of Earth
The issues of wars, our diet and our rape of Earth are interconnected.
In The Yoga of Nutrition (pages 61-62) spiritual philosopher Omraam Mikhaёl Aїvanhov says:
On the surface it may seem that wars are caused by economic and political questions, but in fact they are caused by our wholesale slaughter of animals. The laws of justice are inexorable, and men are going to have to pay with their own blood: they are going to have to spill the same amount of blood that they have caused animals to spill... war will go on just as long as we continue to slaughter animals because, by destroying them we are destroying ourselves.
Most people understand we are raping the Earth. In the words of Eve Ensler (accessed 18/1/2013):
There is a rape culture - a mindset that seems to have infected every aspect of our lives: the raping of the Earth through ecological destruction by the corporate powerful, pillaging resources for their own coffers with no concern for the Earth, or the indigenous peoples, or the notion of reciprocity; the rape of the poor through exploitation, land grabs, neglect; the rape of women's bodies through physical violence and commodification, where a girl can be purchased for less than the cost of a mobile phone.
The Rich World and its capitalist economy continues to overconsume and drive the world economy, and so we all become enmeshed in this rape culture. The genocide of animals has surely got to be one of the largest - in terms of number of deaths and length of time - of the many that have traumatised Earth. The rape of other resources (like trees and fossil fuels) also needs to stop. Let us prove the Cree Indian proverb to be wrong:
"Only when the last tree has diedSome solutions:-
and the last river has been poisoned
and the last fish has been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money."
The Song of Peace
We are the living graves of murdered beasts,
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts,
If animals like man can possibly have rights.
We pray on Sundays that we may have Light
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread
We are sick of war we do not want to fight
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread.
And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat,
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so. If thus we treat
Defenceless animals for sport or gain
How can we hope in this world to attain
The peace we say we are so anxious for?
We pray for it over tombs of the slain
To God while outraging the moral law,
Thus cruelty begets it's offspring – War.
(George Bernard Shaw)
"Humans are merciless towards animals: they use any means to exploit them, and they do not hesitate to slaughter them to satisfy their needs and interests, or even just for their enjoyment. Animals, for their part, are wary of humans: they run from them, and if they feel threatened, they attack.
However, it is said that there are cases where the light and love that emanate from some beings tame even wild animals, because animals have a certain sense. This sense allows them to judge humans – often even better so than humans who lack discernment and intuition. This is why the misunderstanding and hostility between humans and animals cannot last indefinitely. If humans can manage to live together as brothers, they will also make peace with animals. We will no longer speak of wild animals and tamed animals, both will once again be brothers of humankind."
"Because I'm a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist. Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life. We shouldn't be a part of it." (Dick Gregory)
|"As long as Man
continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never
know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each
other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and