As I begin to write this, I’m not sure to
whom it will be addressed. All I know is, something has to change.
Whether it’s my conscience or my ego guiding me, I believe that there’s
a part I must play in bringing about the change.
Paul Seymour, January 1st,
You probably won’t believe
this: If you and most other people made one small change in your daily
lives, it would put an end to war, murder and domestic violence.
If I told you that this one
change would also put an end to World Hunger, you’d say I was dreaming.
If I told you that this one
small change would also save our children and literally save the World from
the environmental disaster which has already begun, you’d say I was crazy.
If I also told you that this
one small change would be the beginning of an evolutionary step for humankind,
a giant cultural leap and a huge spiritual awakening that will herald a
new era, you’d want to have me committed.
Well, guess what? There is
one small change you will make, sooner or later, that will achieve
They say there is only one
constant in the Universe and that is: Change. And, perhaps everything
is changing for the better; everything is improving or trying to,
in some way.
The one thing the Universe
has been continually doing since the beginning, the one thing the Earth
has been doing in its four and a half billion year life, and the one thing
humans have been trying to do in the relatively short time we’ve ruled this
planet, is: to improve.
Unfortunately, in the process
of improving our lives, humans often cause immense changes (for the
worse) in other lives. The other lives which share this globe with us were
not created by us, or for us, regardless of what man-made religions might
say. In other words:
THIS IS NOT OUR PLANET!
We do not own it or its inhabitants.
For thousands of years, since
our earliest ancestors fought over drying up water holes or the carcasses
of animals, humans have killed each other in the same way they learnt to
kill animals. It didn’t come naturally to them but when vegetation became
scarce, they copied the carnivores and killed for food.
Filled with the acquired
violence of the true carnivores, and having overcome their natural, nurturing
instincts in order to bash in the heads of unsuspecting little animals,
they then turned on each other. Our once compassionate and caring ancestors
learnt more and more devious ways to kill and maim.
Murder and War were born
from the blood of our food.
Pythagoras, one of the cleverest
men who ever lived, said:
“As long as men kill animals, they will kill each other”
Leo Tolstoy, author of ‘War
and Peace’, said:
“While there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields”
“Thou shalt not kill”… anyone
or anything for any reason.
Getting back to ownership
of other beings:
In the same way that we cannot
own other races of people, we have no right to own other species.
In the same way that we must not do harm to human animals, we have
no right to harm other animals.
In the same way that most
of us care for human beings, we must care for all other living
Some will argue this point,
saying that animals are different from people. Of course they are. People
are different from people. Every individual is different. Every species
is different. But for every difference between human animals and others,
there are a thousand similarities. Look at these foetuses:
Ignorant people believe other
animals don’t think or feel as human animals do. Intelligent people know
that this is so wrong. In fact the only marked difference between our thoughts
is language. Their thoughts, emotions, pain and joy are created by exactly
the same processes as in human animals.
Animals dream, animals scream.
When a mindless abattoir
worker crudely cuts into the throat of a baby, (so you can have lamb chops)
it hurts that baby every bit as much as it would hurt your baby.
When a hunter smashes a lump
of lead through a mother’s ribs, tearing open her muscles and turning her
organs into jelly, of course it hurts that doe, just like it was your ribs
and muscles and organs.
When a fisherman plunges
a sharp hook through the face of a small animal, then pulls it into suffocating
air, that animal feels the same pain and terror as you would, hung by your
mouth on a butcher’s hook, gasping for breath.
“That’s all very well,” you
might say “but what will we eat?”
We don’t eat ‘rabbit food’,
contrary to popular belief
Some of us would starve rather
than murder someone to eat their corpse.
Allowing others to commit atrocities for you is even
For many years, some of us
went without the taste of meat and cheese. We not only survived, we thrived.
Now, there’s no excuse not to make the change.
Make the change