Posts Tagged ‘the vegan paradise paradigm’

Examining Our Foundations–Now

April 8, 2011

THE GOVERNMENT “DISSOLVING”–NOW WOULD BE THE TIME

Wake up people! When you are living in a house whose foundations are rotten, the bottom is bound to fall out soon. The problem with our culture, American culture (and capitalist cultures in general), is that our basic beliefs about what is important in life–our values, our foundation–are not reflected in the systems we have in place for spiritual growth, commerce and government. So our house is built on a shaky and unreliable foundation–and if the floor is torn out of a house, you cannot dwell there. What is happening in Japan, the partial nuclear meltdown, and what is happening in our government–the budget cuts of Medicaid and other social service programs which Obama today declared might lead to a “dissolving” of our government–are reflections of the basic problems we have in our societal structure. As Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz said today on Democracy Now, the forces of capitalism and government today are nothing more than the tyrants of Old Europe dressed up in modern clothes.

As deep psychologists are pointing out, when one is motivated by more than one thing, values can get destroyed or overlooked. When the government or a big business is making profits by harming or destroying life, health, our food safely, the environment, et cetera, those involved will psychologically be unable to see–or adequately solve–the problem at hand.

We need to decide whether or not our values of protecting people’s lives and health, peace, protecting endangered species and habitats, making sure our food and water systems are safe, and preserving a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations are important to us, and what we are going to do to defend them. Are they important enough to us to tear down our old house and build a new, sustainable one, one all living creatures can live in peacefully? Now would be the time to decide.

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June 20, 2010

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THE VEGAN PARADISE PARADIGM

May 12, 2010

 

THE SCIENTIFIC ECOSPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE ON VEGANISM: THE VEGAN PARADISE PARADIGM

Our world was designed to be a beautiful, harmonious place in which people live in harmony with Mother Nature and all of her children, including those animals which we now abuse and slaughter for food and other commercial products. This theory, which has been promoted by various thinkers throughout history and even more so today, encompasses and extends the limits of Western spirituality, philosophy and science. It implies that the earth and all its inhabitants have the potential to live in peace and harmony now if we make the right choices about how to treat animals, each other and the natural world. For our diets and lifestyles, it implies that we at least abstain from eating meat (including fish, of course), dairy and eggs, if not that we try to recreate a paradise on earth in our own surroundings in whatever way we can.

Related to “Systems” (or “Elegant design”) theories, what could be termed the “Benign Divine Design” or “Paradise Principle”, postulates that not only does a “grand designer” exist behind reality and in every part of nature’s design, but that one time in ancient history, humans were vegan, in general. When the ancient spiritual literature from around the world is examined with an eye for how people in ancient times were taught to approach animals, we see much indication that ancient spiritual leaders taught their followers to be vegan. We also see that humans probably started out living with a consciousness more closely tied to nature, animals and their souls. Surprisingly, it appears that we were actually vegans, generally–rather than hunters and gatherers–in our ancient past.

Environmental statistics also indicate that the raising of animals for food has led to much misery–desertification and water and air pollution (for example, it is the number one cause of water pollution and desertification in the Western United States, and the fifth leading cause of global warming). Finally, the health statistics increasingly indicate that our bodies were meant to be vegan; the avoidance of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and even autism has been linked to the vegan diet.

Interestingly, I have come to the conclusion also that a surprisingly large amount of Western society’s mental health problems can be linked significantly to the large amount of animal products we eat. Psychologists (Jungians, for example) have shown how a collective unconscious joins living creatures together; we have what is termed an “animal” archetype, related to the hero’s horse in ancient European myths or the Ganesh or Hanuman of Hindu stories. What I call the “animal-caretaker” archetype is related: humans have an innate way of relating to animals, we care for them and have emotions for them. This indicates that our mental, emotional and psychospiritual selves are affected by the suffering that we cause animals, even if the animal-caretaker (faunophilia archetype) is repressed. Biologists such as Harvard’s Edward Wilson and deep ecologists like Joanna Macy (Thinking Like a Mountain) have also shown how we are psychospiritually connected to nature and animals, how we need nature and animals and how they need us—our need for nature Wilson termed “biophilia”.

Biophilia could be broken down into several categories: one might be “florophilia” (attraction to plants); another I have named “faunophilia” , the animal-caretaker archetype, or attraction to animals. Because we have this natural attraction to animals, we naturally do not want to participate in the killing or abuse of animals. Again, studies have shown that the repression of this innate need which occurs on a massive levels in the West (such as the thought that farm animals have no feelings) may lead to some of the violence and mental distress in our culture.

The current state of disrespect for life, be it human or animal, calls for a new paradigm in our culture, one based on honoring the natural world, honoring life itself, compassion for others and living by the deeper principles of veganism, true science and our spirituality. Perhaps this paradigm could be facetiously termed the Benign Divine Design Paradigm, or the Paradise Paradigm, but whatever it is called, it must occur. We have everything at stake.