Veg Inspiration. First Steps to Healing.

Will Tuttle : July 8, 2009

The giraffe is the only animal born with horns by badjonni.

The underlying assumptions of the culture into which we have been born are faulty and obsolete. If not questioned and changed, they will continue to drive us into deeper cultural insanity, just as they do the animals we mercilessly dominate. Recognizing the insanity of our actions and beliefs is the first and essential step to healing and awakening.

Veg Inspiration. Albert Einstein.

Will Tuttle : July 7, 2009

Toy animal (Red Panda) by Greg Foord.

Albert Einstein articulates it in this way:
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Veg Inspiration. Animal Exploitation.

Will Tuttle : July 6, 2009

Another animal that came very close by Ferdi's World.

Heavens and hells are of our own sowing. We live in a culture that mindlessly exploits animals and encourages the domination of those who are vulnerable by the strong, the male, the wealthy, and the privileged. This culture has naturally created political, economic, legal, religious, educational, and other institutional vehicles to shield those in power from the effects of their actions, and to legitimize the violence and inequities required to maintain the system. Over the centuries it has developed an elaborate scientific and religious framework that in its reductionism and materialism denies the continuity of consequences in many ways.

Veg Inspiration. Animal Protection.

Will Tuttle : July 5, 2009

Animal fountain/Tierbrunnen by xollob58.

It seems we’re still so benighted as a culture that we’ll refrain from committing violence only if we fear punishment or retaliation—and since animals are incapable of either, they have no protection from us at all.

Veg Inspiration. Food Production Industries.

Will Tuttle : July 4, 2009

Kilimanjaro Plains (Animal Kingdom) by etrusia_uk (away).

As food production industries brought their herds and flocks indoors into concentration camps, the extreme form of herding known as factory farming emerged. A new extreme form of factory farming is now emerging through genetic engineering, in which the animals are being tampered with at the genetic level, thus losing their biological integrity and identity. This is coupled with unparalleled destruction of habitat for wild animals and decimation of their populations for bush meat, pharmaceuticals, research, entertainment, and other human uses. Animals have thus gone from being free from human interference to being occasionally hunted, to being herded, to being imprisoned, and finally to being either forced into extinction or genetically mutated and confined as mere patentable property objects for human use.

Veg Inspiration. Our Common Home

Will Tuttle : July 3, 2009

Animal Distinction by kool_skatkat.

Besides sharing a common home on this beautiful planet here in outer space, animals share with us the vulnerability of mortality and all that entails.

Veg Inspiration. Circle of Concern.

Will Tuttle : July 2, 2009

Animals on the Jungle Cruise by Scott's Foto Café.

It’s illustrative to watch how the attributes we have proclaimed make us unique, such as using tools, making art, experiencing “higher” emotions, having a sense of the ludicrous, using language, and so forth, have all collapsed under the evidence as we get to know animals better. Of course, we have certain unique attributes and abilities. Every species has certain unique attributes and abilities. Eating animals makes us so subconsciously nervous that we neurotically overemphasize our uniqueness and our separateness from them. This allows us to exclude them from our circle of concern.

Veg Inspiration. Respond to the Challenge.

Will Tuttle : July 1, 2009

hand in hand with animals by y-its-mom.
As perpetrators, we are thus profoundly challenged by the truth-field established by attentive and articulate bystanders. Eventually, we may respond to the challenge, examine our attitudes and, recognizing our behavior as morally indefensible, cease it and join the ranks of the bystanders. As bystanders, we are also deeply challenged to respond creatively to the situation with love, understanding, and skillful means, and to strive to live in ever more complete alignment with the values of compassion, honesty, and integrity.

Veg Inspiration. Becoming Aware.

Will Tuttle : June 30, 2009

organic-food.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

bystander offers an example of nonviolence and speaks on behalf of the victims
who have no voice (and, on a subtler level, on behalf of the perpetrators who
are also victimized by their own actions). Perpetrators may condemn bystanders
for judging them and making them feel bad or guilty, but the bystanders are
merely acting as the perpetrators’ conscience, asking them to please become
more aware and stop their violence, for everyone’s sake.

Veg Inspiration. Animals Behave Altruistically.

Will Tuttle : June 29, 2009

horses.jpg by WorldPeaceDiet.

the enormous amount of anecdotal evidence that animals behave altruistically,
both toward members of their own species and also to animals outside their
species, there is clinical evidence as well, such as the typically cruel
experiments in which monkeys were given food if they administered painful
shocks to other monkeys. Researchers found that the monkeys would rather go
hungry than shock other monkeys, especially if they had received shocks earlier
themselves. The researchers were surprised (and perhaps somewhat ashamed?) by
the monkeys’ altruism. Though it is our true nature, one wonders if we humans
would be so noble.

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