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Our World Is In Peril. How Do You Cope?

Postby Horus » Tue May 11, 2010 9:32 pm

Our World Is In Peril. How Do You Cope?
by John Robbins.

I am someone who longs for world peace. Perhaps you are, too. But
every single day our world spends more than $4 billion on war. The
last hundred years have been by far the bloodiest in human history.

I support human rights and human dignity. I want every child to
grow up healthy and strong. No doubt you do, too. But today, like
every day, 20,000 children will die of hunger and poverty. Even in
the world's wealthiest country, the U.S., nearly 25 percent of
children live below the poverty line.

I believe in upholding the brotherhood and sisterhood of all
people. I believe in the inherent worth of every human being. But
we live in a time of grotesque inequalities. There are shoe
companies who pay famous athletes $20 million to endorse their
shoes, while paying their workers only 20 cents an hour to make
them. The CEOs of some companies make more money in an hour than
many of the company's employees make in a year.

Many of the world's spiritual traditions teach that inner peace is
found when you love the world as it is, rather than faulting it for
not living up to your expectations. But our addictions are not only
damaging our spirits, they are also causing irreparable harm to the
biosphere and to humanity's future.

I believe in holding a positive attitude toward life. But the rate
at which forests are disappearing, coral reefs are deteriorating,
the arctic ice cap is melting, and species are going extinct is
undermining the capacity of the earth to support human life.

I draw strength from my kinship with animals. Some of my best
friends have had four legs. Perhaps you, too, have had a
relationship with an animal that has enriched you as a human being.
But today, almost all of our meat and dairy products come from
animals raised under conditions of horrific cruelty.

There are so many kinds of pain and loss in our times. There is
illness and financial stress, there is growing unemployment and
homelessness, there are oil spills and terrorists. It can seem that
our little flickering candles of faith are no match for the
hurricane winds of destruction and despair the world can so
relentlessly blow our way. There are things happening in our world
today that must make the angels weep.

Here's what I believe. If you are going to face the suffering and
destruction of life, and if you want to find a way to be effective
and positive in response, you must also be open to the life
affirming powers of creativity and joy.

It can sometimes seem that we are on a planetary death march, and
yet we are also living in an age of miracles. Some are so common we
often take them for granted. There is the miracle of color and the
miracle of music. There is the miracle of tears and the miracle of
laughter. There is the miracle of breathing and the miracle of
sunsets. There is the miracle of people continuing to strive for a
happier world even in the face of devastation and grief.

At this very moment, people are learning new ways to communicate, to
understand each other, and to resolve conflicts. Right now, people
are learning to read, while others are writing poetry, and others
are dancing and singing. With every breath you take, relationships
are growing, new health-giving practices are being discovered,
ancient feuds are being overcome, and people are finding ways to
restore their connections to the living earth. At this moment, as
in every moment, ever growing numbers of people are working for a
better world for themselves and for all children, now and yet to come.

We are not done. Our despair is not meant to destroy us but to
awaken new life in us. Our wounds can give us depth, empathy and
understanding. Our hardships can be places where we meet others and
grow.

Yes, there is ugliness, which is why it matters when we bring
beauty. Yes, there is great suffering, so let us live with great
compassion.

This is what I have to say at this time in history. There are
forces at work in the human psyche that are destructive and
unconscious. And yet there is also something in us that is
wondrous, that touches the infinite and belongs to the sacred.

Let us stand for this. Our dreams and prayers are rooted in
something greater than the forces of death. Our grief and fury at
the world's brutalities are part of our awakening. There is
something mysterious taking place in this world that is part of our
healing.

With all its delusions and broken dreams, our world today is still a
place where our hearts can meet and grow wings. There is horror and
agony here, yes, and it is at times overwhelming. But there are
also countless opportunities for the illumination of beauty and the
awakening of love.

We are not done. There are sources of joy here, and we are here to
protect them and cherish them.

We are not done. We can still make our lives into works of art. We
can still create thriving, just and sustainable ways of life.

Bitter winds are howling. Let them howl. We can shelter each other
and put our little flames together. Maybe we will yet find that the
pain we feared would destroy us rather brings us back to what gives
us life.

We are here to live, not merely survive. We are here to fully
express and celebrate the gifts we each have to give to the world,
and to receive the gifts that others have to give to us, as well.

Let us touch with love the inevitable suffering in our lives, and in
the lives of those we meet. Let us tend with tender mercy that
which is dying in us and in our world. And let us welcome the new
life dawning in each of our souls.

We who are alive, with breath in our bodies and love in our hearts,
have so very much to be thankful for. In all that takes place over
the course of our lives, may we never lose track of our capacity for
joy. And may we never forget the power of the choices we make.

*************************

John Robbins is a noted vegan author and campaigner. You can sign up for his email list on his new website at http://www.johnrobbins.info

You also might like to know that he has a new book coming out on May
25th, called: "The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age
of Less.
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Postby Any Day Now » Fri May 14, 2010 1:14 pm

^this

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Postby xSUSPECTx » Fri May 14, 2010 8:55 pm

i generally try to avoid the problem, but since im uncomfortably aware of so much i try not to exacerbate it by keeping my treacherous appetites for gas guzzling vehicles, flashy clothes and consumer products, and unsustainably produced food in check.
generally with fairly limited success, but im always on hand to deliver a hypocritical lecture on the basis that if im too selfish to make a difference myself, i can at least educate others :fadein:
Carly Ngarotata-Simon wrote:U misd two commas u illiterate fuk. It should read...mainstream, whilst at the same time, ... Who da dumb cunt now. Im bilingual. I can txt speak n also write in 'proper' english havin bn a legal secretary 4 13 years. So im actualy fukn streams ahead in inteligence ova u. Plus i hav a life! I dnt waste my time typing evry leta out cos i have a life! Dum ass. Peace, im out. Hahahahaha

Spots2012 wrote:do animal rights activists vehemently oppose Maori eating pigs etc, or are they willing to let that one slide?

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Postby cobrascuntcharmer » Fri May 14, 2010 10:49 pm

I wasn't aware we had a brotherhood of any type to uphold?
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Postby loucke = shit » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:22 pm

*agrees with suspect X
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Postby Marrow » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:39 am

I disagree with the bit about America being the wealthiest country. They have a shitton of debt, and they're hardly famous for being well developed. jus' saying
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Postby afterbefore » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:32 am

Horus wrote:
I draw strength from my kinship with animals. Some of my best
friends have had four legs. Perhaps you, too, have had a
relationship with an animal that has enriched you as a human being.
But today, almost all of our meat and dairy products come from
animals raised under conditions of horrific cruelty.



I dont know if i agree with this attitude, do the animals have a say in this relationship, or is it purely selfish. What makes you think animals gain anything from this "kinship"? How is it any better than farming animals? why should a pet be grateful to its "owner", we dont help the animals in any way, they would survive just fine if we hadn't interfered, this being proved by their very existence. They dont need us and they dont want us, keeping a pet or having a relationship is exploitation just as farming is.

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Postby xSUSPECTx » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:40 pm

especially if youre having relations with it
Carly Ngarotata-Simon wrote:U misd two commas u illiterate fuk. It should read...mainstream, whilst at the same time, ... Who da dumb cunt now. Im bilingual. I can txt speak n also write in 'proper' english havin bn a legal secretary 4 13 years. So im actualy fukn streams ahead in inteligence ova u. Plus i hav a life! I dnt waste my time typing evry leta out cos i have a life! Dum ass. Peace, im out. Hahahahaha

Spots2012 wrote:do animal rights activists vehemently oppose Maori eating pigs etc, or are they willing to let that one slide?

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Postby PertHJ » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:27 am

afterbefore wrote: why should a pet be grateful to its "owner", we dont help the animals in any way, they would survive just fine if we hadn't interfered, this being proved by their very existence. They dont need us and they dont want us, keeping a pet or having a relationship is exploitation just as farming is.


Could be argued they have evolved to fit a niche, it could even be said that they exploit us....
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Postby xSUSPECTx » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:41 am

if you accept that notion then it follows that pigs have evolved to live in sow crates, and even, with their succession guaranteed, are exploiting us too.
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Spots2012 wrote:do animal rights activists vehemently oppose Maori eating pigs etc, or are they willing to let that one slide?

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Postby PertHJ » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:56 am

Well you could think that one leads to the other, personally I don't think there are absolutes of right and wrong.

Domestication has come along way from when animals and humans were first drawn together to the factory farms that exist today. It's a continuum, and people are going to draw their own line where right becomes wrong.

But to say that all domestication is bad is stupid in my opinion as it is essentially saying that natural selection is wrong, which is a completely pointless statement, unless you're hard for JC.
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Postby Maleficent » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:04 pm

yeh it's like asking why my cats keep running inside the house to sleep. They prefer the food and shelter and medical care I offer them, as opposed to sleeping/starving/being sick outside in the rain.
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Postby xSUSPECTx » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:30 pm

yeh but cats havnt evolved to depend on us... at least not the common moggie.
theres as many wildcats in the bush as possums.
Carly Ngarotata-Simon wrote:U misd two commas u illiterate fuk. It should read...mainstream, whilst at the same time, ... Who da dumb cunt now. Im bilingual. I can txt speak n also write in 'proper' english havin bn a legal secretary 4 13 years. So im actualy fukn streams ahead in inteligence ova u. Plus i hav a life! I dnt waste my time typing evry leta out cos i have a life! Dum ass. Peace, im out. Hahahahaha

Spots2012 wrote:do animal rights activists vehemently oppose Maori eating pigs etc, or are they willing to let that one slide?

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Postby skeetnigguh » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:26 pm

Hasn't anyone seen Star Wars? FUCK THE PLANET!
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Postby PertHJ » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:40 am

xSUSPECTx wrote:yeh but cats havnt evolved to depend on us... at least not the common moggie.
theres as many wildcats in the bush as possums.


But they have changed their behaviour from wild cats (and other characteristics too)over time, so that they are able to co-exist with humans as this does benefit them.

They may not have evolved to depend on us absolutely, but not many domesticated animals would have...but you probably don't see these other animals in the wild as much as you do cats, as they (eg dogs) are a lot more conspicuous and the bush can't sustain the diet of as many.
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Postby the croc » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:05 pm

PertHJ wrote:
xSUSPECTx wrote:yeh but cats havnt evolved to depend on us... at least not the common moggie.
theres as many wildcats in the bush as possums.


But they have changed their behaviour from wild cats (and other characteristics too)over time, so that they are able to co-exist with humans as this does benefit them.

They may not have evolved to depend on us absolutely, but not many domesticated animals would have...but you probably don't see these other animals in the wild as much as you do cats, as they (eg dogs) are a lot more conspicuous and the bush can't sustain the diet of as many.


There used to be packs of wild dogs roaming the central N.I. Barry Crump talks about them. Apparently mangy as fuck and mostly skin and bones.
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Postby xSUSPECTx » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:06 pm

yeh, sorry pert, that whole post was entirely incorrect and i cant be fucked explaining why.
Carly Ngarotata-Simon wrote:U misd two commas u illiterate fuk. It should read...mainstream, whilst at the same time, ... Who da dumb cunt now. Im bilingual. I can txt speak n also write in 'proper' english havin bn a legal secretary 4 13 years. So im actualy fukn streams ahead in inteligence ova u. Plus i hav a life! I dnt waste my time typing evry leta out cos i have a life! Dum ass. Peace, im out. Hahahahaha

Spots2012 wrote:do animal rights activists vehemently oppose Maori eating pigs etc, or are they willing to let that one slide?


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