Thought Provoking Quote:When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all.

 

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This is one of a series of posts which includes a quote concerning human rights, animal rights, and the environment which will focus on anything motivating, uplifting or informative concerning these issues. Here is the first which includes an introduction:
Thought Provoking Quote

When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous. Everyone loves and respects their own parents and children as well as the parents and children of others. The old are cared for, adults have jobs, children are nourished and educated. There is a means of support for all those who are disabled or find themselves alone in the world. Everyone has an appropriate role to play in the family and society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown. Sharing displaces selfishness and materialism.
Confucius

Confucius is China’s most famous and revered teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilization of East Asia. Though he fell from favour during the cultural revolution – at which time Chairman Mao Zedong declared that he Confucius belonged to the feudal age – and the Red Guards destroyed his grave, he is nowadays once again honoured and revered

Read More About this great Philosopher

“Confucius September 28, 551 – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.”

Read more
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius

Oh if only!  Who would not wish to live in the type of society which Confucius envisioned. I don’t agree with every thing that Confusion said and indeed I have not read his philosophy in any detail but the above for the most part describes an ideology for a better world.

Such noble ideals and aspirations seem so far removed from possibility, though they are for the most part the ideal. A real utopia , isn’t that want we all want? Who would not wish to live in such a society were its leaders are virtuous, where love and respect is universal, where all members of society are cared for including the sick, disabled, the elderly and children. Such ideology is far removed from the situation we have today in much of the world. When those who cannot care for themselves are regarded as a burden –  vilified and labeled as scroungers, workshy and skivers as is the case here in the UK – such high ideals seem but a dream. While millions die from want of food, clean water and medication, where both human and non human animals are exploited for the greed of the few such a society is difficult to envision.

While the most able and most wealthy continue to increase their riches and thrive at the cost of the most vulnerable, it seems as though our ethical progression is going backwards rather than forwards.

Man: A video About Our Relationship With the Natural World.

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
William Ralph Inge

“Humankind’s greatest priority is to reintegrate with the natural world.”  
Jonathon Porritt

“What we most need to do is to hear within us the sound of the Earth crying.”  
Thich Nhat Hanh

The following film is spot on in its depiction of our treatment of the planet and the other species with whom we share this world.

Man

Published on Dec 21, 2012

“Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.”

Please note this comment after the video which you can view if you watch it on You Tube

“Teacher made us watch this then she asked us who the dude represented. Almost all of my classmates said Satan.”

While many more people are aware of what is happening to our world and the creatures with whom we share it the destruction and exploitation continues relentlessly. At times we can feel so helpless against the onslaught. Human beings it seems are caught up in a complex web of self-destruction from which it is not easy to extricate ourselves. Most of us wish to live in a world were no animal is harmed, including of course members of our own species, and were the environment is not laid waste and where there will be a habitable home for future generations.

Please share the video particularly with someone who is either not aware of the nightmare of destruction and exploitation which continues relentlessly, though I cannot imagine how anyone can remain oblivious, or someone who appears indifferent.

More quotations

“Today’s massive loss of species and habitat will be slowed only when the human community understands that nature is not an inferior to be exploited or an enemy to be destroyed but an ally requiring respect and replenishment.  We are part of the web of life.  Many strands already have broken.  We must act quickly to repair what we can.  Our lives and livelihood depend on it. “
United Nations Environment Programme

“Cooperation for mutual benefit, a survival strategy very common in natural systems, is one that humanity needs to emulate.”  
Eugene Odum

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. “
Sioux Indian Proverb

Most of the quotations on this page were sourced from the following website:
http://www.globalstewards.org/nature-animal-quotes.htm

Is This the Face of a Just Society

“You put the small thief in prison, but the big thief lives in a palace.”
Graham Greene, Orient Express

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Queen – It’s Time for a Republic

If we don’t stand up to this government,more people are going to descend in to poverty, and worse, and this country will sink in to totalitarianism faster than you can say ‘Iran’.

Source:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/17543330588/in/dateposted/

Frankly I despair if people cannot appreciate the grave social injustice of our monarchy, any monarchy, when the vast majority of the population struggle on meager benefits which have been savagely cut and facing further cuts, low wages, zero hours, benefit sanctions, high rents, the bedroom tax, the soaring cost of living…

If only this pampered over privileged puppet of the ruling classes spoke out for the people maybe, just maybe all the years of living off the state could be forgiven.

On 27th May last year,  the state opening of parliament, this automaton sat on her throne and read a prepared speech that condemned thousands to poverty and the scrapping of the human rights act. She did so with her usual robotic emotionless voice, without expression or remorse.

Why I have to ask?

The Queen is over eighty years old, but what has she got to show for her life? What good has she done? What difference has she made? Has the world been improved by her presence? She has so much power why does she not wish to be remembered in history as having stood up for what is right instead of being an accomplice to some of the greatest social injustices of modern-day Britain.

I am fascinated in some bizarre way, what makes a person of this calibre tick. This woman could have with but one act of decency in her entire life swept away this abhorrent government by refusing to read out this speech, a speech which has condemned many to more deprivation and misery and which will bring in an era of injustice hitherto not seen in our life time.

Prior to the election there was rumour that the Queen would pull out of giving the speech if Cameron tried to lead the country with a minority government. Sad isn’t it that she couldn’t consider pulling out of giving the speech because of the harm it will do to British citizens. The woman is either a coward or she condones the proposals of this vile government.

Time to end this grave injustice.

The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.
Henry David Thoreau,

Things must change

Watch the video of the demonstration that took place on 27th March 2015 against the governments austerity measures:
http://www.channel4.com/news/protesters-gather-after-queens-speech-to-fight-austerity

Up coming protests and other information

Check out the The Activist’s Calendar

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A calendar of protests, rallys, sit-ins, strikes, petitions, occupations, meetings, talks, film screenings & all other forms of non-violent direct actions.
https://www.facebook.com/theactivistscalendar  – note this comment :

They have us all in the prisons of our work, working to pay off imaginary debt that we get deeper into as prices rise and wages fall. No wonder more were’t there. And with the met jack boots there to kettle and arrest i can understand even more. I despair sometimes as the game has been rigged so well now that apathy and sheer exhaustion has created the perfect environment for the authoritarian barstards to push through the worst modern tyranny in this ruined country.
Benjamin Fastidious Tyler

The Activist Calendar on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/actvstscalendar

Related links

How The Royal Family Is Destroying Britain
http://sabotagetimes.com/life/how-the-royal-family-is-destroying-britain

Royal family expenses: Taxpayers pay 56p each for upkeep of monarchy – and royals insist it’s ‘value for money’
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/cost-of-royal-family-rises-twice-as-fast-as-inflation-9563293.html

Meat is Not a Natural Food

…for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
Plutarch from an essay On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Book 12, The Moralia

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If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax
Plutarch :  On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Book 12, The Moralia

The idea in the above quotation of course is that if meat was a natural diet you would not need an implement of any kind to kill the animal to provide you with meat.

Fact: 1.2 billion animals are slaughtered globally every week. In just one week more animals are killed than the total number of people killed in all wars throughout history 

Please share this video widely. This and the articles and links below present compelling reasons why people eat meat and why they should stop doing so.

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat

Ask any meat eater why people eat meat and they’ll tell you it’s delicious, that eating meat is not only natural but also normal and necessary. Ask Dr. Melanie Joy the same question and you’ll get a much darker—and interesting—answer: a violent ideology has convinced them they must do it.

That ideology is carnism, the opposite of veganism. Never heard of it? That’s exactly her point.

“Carnism is a dominant ideology, which means it’s embedded deeply in society to the point that it’s considered ‘just the way things are,’” Joy explains. “But just because something isn’t recognized or is viewed as ‘how things are’ doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Racism wasn’t recognized as a problem or ideology at a point in history but that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. It’s just been around for so long that it’s taken for granted.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/the-secret-reason-we-eat-meat.html

Also be sure to read the following

The 4Ns which people use to justify their meat consumption are that it is normal, natural, necessary and nice. Anyone who has been involved in a discussion on the ethics of vegetarianism or veganism will no doubt of heard one or all of these reasons being given before.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/eating-meat-whats-your-excuse.html#ixzz3x1jmEOSy

Meat is most certainly is not natural, human beings do not have the anatomy of a meat eater. It is not necessary for health and is in fact a detriment simply because it is not a natural food. It is only normal because we perceive it to be so after generations of thinking this way. As for it being nice … well that is the most pathetic of reasons to eat meat and really is not worthy of consideration by any compassionate person.

Read more of Plutrach’s argument which is indeed very persuasive against meat being a natural food for man, an argument that will often leave even the most ardent meat eater lost for words.

For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.
Plutarch On the Eating of Animal Flesh, Volume 12 The Moralia,

In this essay Plutarch challenges the idea that man is naturally carnivorous; an excuse so often used today to justify the eating of meat appears to have been used for its justification in ancient times. Also in his discussion against meat eating Plutarch maintains that animals deserve ethical consideration because they possess the attributes of intelligence and sentience.

Read more about what Plutarch had to say about meat eating and our treatment of animals.
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_A_History_Plutarch.htm

Take Action – Go Vegan

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge

http://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CIuS4KzRpMoCFUrlwgodCyIEew

Check out the following website on carnism
http://www.carnism.org/learn

PETA free starter kits
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Below are quotations from philosophers and ethicists past and present concerning animal rights; the humane treatment of animals and adopting a vegetarian/vegan diet.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

November 21, 1902 – July 24, 1991

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish author in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Even though the number of people who commit suicide is quite small, there are few people who have never thought about suicide at one time or another. The same is true about vegetarianism We find very few people who have never thought that killing animals is actually murder, founded on the premise that might is right . . . I will call it the eternal question: What gives man the right to kill an animal often torture it, so that he can fill his belly with its flesh. We know now, as we have always known instinctively, that animals can suffer as much as human beings. their emotions and their sensitivity are often stronger than those of a human being. Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal be it a dog, a bird or even a mouse – knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.

Pythagoras

circa 582-507 B.C.
Greek philosopher, mathematician, mystic, known as the Father of Vegetarianism.

“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap the joy of love.

The animals share with us the privilege of having a soul

Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! In the midst of such wealth as earth, the best of mothers, provides, yet nothing satisfies you, but to behave like the Cyclopes, inflicting sorry wounds with cruel teeth! You cannot appease the hungry cravings of your wicked, gluttonous stomachs except by destroying some other life.

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 love.”

Hippocrates
460 BC – ca. 370 BC was an ancient Greek physician and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the ” father of medicine”
“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

More quotes from philosophers both ancient and modern:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Why_Animals_Matter_A%20Religious_Philosophical_Perspective_Philosophy_Quotations.htm

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Animal Sentience: Cute Pig and Cat Video

“The old assumption that animals acted exclusively by instinct, while man had a monopoly of reason, is, we think, maintained by few people nowadays who have any knowledge at all about animals. We can only wonder that so absurd a theory could have been held for so long a time as it was, when on all sides the evidence if animals’ power of reasoning is crushing.”
Ernest Bell

Recently Luis Leonel who writes for this blog shared the following video with me which I would like to share with you today. Please pass on and share with others. It is important in the fight for animal rights to show people that animals are sentient beings and this video demonstrates this very well.

 

The affection between this cat and piglet shows clearly that animals are sentient beings capable of emotions. As such they have the right to their lives, to be free from human cruelty, exploitation and ownership. 

Source of video:
https://www.facebook.com/santuarioigualdadinterespecie/?fref=photo

Here is another heartwarming video, a slide show with beautiful photographs showing unusual animal friendships

Read more about animal sentience:

Sentience in farm animals (includes other animals) :
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/sentience_in_farm_animals.htm

Animal Sentience Stories:Friendship:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories_Friendship.htm

 

The Injustice of Food Banks

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No Matter where you go it is difficult to escape or avoid any of the great social injustices here in the UK, one of the reasons that I cannot understand the lack of outrage concerning many of these grave social wrongs to which most people remain oblivious. Why aren’t people marching in their thousands, even their millions, down to parliament and demanding the Tories get out of government, demanding a cessation of the unfair treatment of people on benefits –  the sick and disabled, the unemployed and the low paid – an end to austerity, and tax evasion by corporations, to name some of the most prominent of injustices in the UK today.

One of signs of these injustices concerns the proliferation of food banks.

My husband and son enjoy visiting old churches and other historic buildings and in many of these churches you will find a collection point for local food banks, which shows that the problem is more serious than we are led to believe if we are under the impression that it is the Throstle Trust alone which distributes food to poor people here in the UK. You would also be amazed at the places you come across that collect for local people who cannot afford to buy food most likely as a result of low wages and Tory welfare reforms including benefit sanctions, and other austerities. In some cases these may be quite affluent areas of the country, such as the Cumbrian Lake District.

According to research by the independent two thirds of people relying on food banks  blamed benefit sanctions, while 12 per cent said cuts to welfare were the reasons that they were forced to use food banks. Low wages are also to blame.

The fact that people here in the UK one of the richest countries in the world need to reply on food banks or go hungry shames us. The fact that few people question this outrage shames us.

Food banks supply food for three days only  – this applies to The Throssle Trust food banks, I have no information concerning other food banks.

Though food banks are of great importance, as they fill the crack left by this great social injustice here in the UK where people go hungry while shops are bursting with food in abundance, the fact remains that people here in one of the richest countries in the world are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Learn more about The Trussell Trust
http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

In the year after we celebrated the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch, exceeding the reign of Queen Victoria, perhaps we should also note that for many people here in the UK food banks, as a result of government policy, are returning us to the Victorian age of poverty and destitution.

In one of the richest countries in the world, why are we tolerating a situation where food banks are needed? The Tories have dragged this country back to the Victorian era, while their donors and corporations are not even paying their taxes,  poor, sick and disabled people are being driven to poverty and degradation. This shames every one of us who is content to let this happen, though there surely can be few of us who are not somehow affected by what the Tories have done since they came into power.

The three main reasons people are referred to food banks are 1) benefit delays, 2) low income, and 3) benefit changes.

If people were paid a living wage and not exploited with poor wages then benefits for working people would not need to exist in the first place, benefits that are in any case so inadequate and may be sanctioned at any time for no good reason. Low wages and inadequate benefits drive people to use food banks. In a just society where sick and disabled people were getting enough income to live on, food banks would not be needed. It is only since Tory welfare cuts have food banks risen to the enormous extent that they are today.

Please speak out against this grave social injustice and write to your MP today

Contact your MP
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

Latest news concerning food banks

Welcome to the bank where financial advice is free – it’s a food bank
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jan/30/financial-advice-food-bank-struggling-people-guidance

This is all well and good but for people who are on sanctions with zero money coming in or a very low-income managing money advice is irrelevant of course – you cannot manage what you do not have.Benefits even when receiving the full rate and these days few people are, are grossly inadequate.  Advice to people under the threat of sanctions of course is a good thing as is help and advice applying for what puny benefits are available. But although well meaning and in many cases a great asset to many, the real solution is to do something about benefits cuts and low wages.

Britons driven to food banks by poverty seen as ‘collateral damage’ by DWP, says Trussell Trust
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britons-driven-to-food-banks-by-poverty-seen-as-collateral-damage-by-dwp-says-trussell-trust-a6794101.html

Related Links

Trussell Trust Scots food bank referrals top 60,000
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-34849661

Benefit sanctions hit 100,000 children – time to rethink sanctions
http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/rethinksanctions

Dear Richard Littlejohn: Please Don’t Pretend That Hunger and Poverty Are Not Real, Right Here, Right Now
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sarah-chapman/foodbanks-richard-littlejohn_b_8123772.html

Food bank use is “strange” during an obesity crisis, claims Tory health minister
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-bank-use-strange-during-6911248

Please Sign Petition: Cleveland: Stop Punishing Tamir Rice’s Family

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On November 22, 2014, a 12 year-old child by the name of Tamir Rice played with a toy gun outside of Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland Ohio. A concerned person nearby saw Tamir pointing the toy and called 911, informing the dispatcher that the potential weapon might be a fake gun and that the person with the toy appeared to be a juvenile. This bit of crucial information never made it to the responding officers and two seconds after arriving on the scene, Tamir was shot in the torso.

This week — as though the pain of losing a child were not enough — the City of Cleveland billed Tamir’s family for the boy’s ambulance ride to the hospital where he died.

The city has since said the bill was automatically generated and a mistake, but the billing follows a long string of insulting moves by the city against this grieving family. Cleveland has:

  • Billed the family for the storage of Tamir’s body; and
  • Insinuated that the family’s civil suit against the city was little more than a cash grab; and
  • Blamed the child for his own murder, saying that that Tamir had not shown sufficient caution in the two-seconds before he was shot by a police officer who had previously been fired by another department for failing to meet that community’s standards for law enforcement skills.

The Rice family’s nightmare must end. Demand that Cleveland’s mayor immediately settle with Tamir’s family and acknowledge its wrongdoing so that this boy’s family can finally find justice and peace.

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/334/898/295/cleveland-waive-the-ambulance-fee-tamir-rices-family/

More information

Cleveland Nearly Charged Tamir Rice’s Family $500 for His Ambulance Ride
http://www.care2.com/causes/cleveland-nearly-charged-tamir-rices-family-500-for-his-ambulance-ride.html?z00m=27425996

This family has suffered enough, a grave social injustice took the life of this young boy and unless wrong doing is recognised and addressed more and more innocent people will die. Last year in the USA 1,136 people were killed by police, that’s about an average of three people each day. One in ten people killed had a mental health problem.  Black people are twice as likely to be killed than white people. Last year saw the highest rate of young black men killed in the USA by police: Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age  About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people.

US police killed 1,136 people in 2015. Will 2016 be any different? – video

Click the link to read more and watch the video:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2015/dec/30/us-police-killed-1103-people-this-year-will-2016-be-any-different-video

“Killing of man who allegedly pointed a replica firearm at officers in California is 1,000th entry in Guardian database tracking police killings this year”

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/16/the-counted-killed-by-police-1000

More people are killed in the USA by police than almost any other country.

In 2013, only six bullets were fired in total by police in Finland – while Iceland has one recorded fatal police shooting in the 71 years of the country’s existence.

Here in the UK last year the first person to be killed by police was not killed until September.

To get this into perspective concerning population comparisons:

The current population of the US is about 319 million, whereas the UK population is roughly 64 million.

This means there are nearly five time as many people in the US as in the UK, yet the police have managed to killed 776 times more people than officers in Britain.

Read more and view graph:
http://metro.co.uk/2015/09/01/graphic-shows-how-many-people-have-been-killed-by-police-in-usa-compared-to-uk-5371271/

In 95 years in the UK, police have fatally shot 51 people in single shooting incidents, whereas in US police have fatally shot 78 people in November 2015 alone.In the same month in the UK, there were no gun-related fatalities as a result of police shootings.
Read more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/us-police-shot-more-people-dead-last-month-than-british-officers-did-in-95-years-a6769316.html

Related Links

The Counted:People killed by the police in the USA, recorded by the Guardian – with your help
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings

The Guardian view on killings by US police: why we must keep counting
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/31/the-counted-killings-by-police-editorial

As of December 23, a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States in 2015 in a gun homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder/suicide.
http://www.thetrace.org/2015/12/gun-violence-stats-2015/