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The qualities of the evolved man

26/01/2016

I always was, from a young age, repulsed by the corpses of animals (land sea air) and the brutality of slaughter and killing of animals for food or sport, for that matter. I hold the view that animals don’t want to die any more than you or I. I also hold the view that animals don’t want to suffer any more than you or I.

Let me speak plainly. I’ve met few men/women who fit my concept of the evolved man as reflected by their speech, awareness, humility, spirituality, plant diet, kindness, compassion, wisdom.

The evolved man does not treat other life-forms cruelly or consider them for his/her consumption or pleasure. This is the significant stepping-stone for peaceful coexistence. I cannot foresee a peaceful world in which one life form controls, dominates, and consumes another. The current world is abominable, cruel, nasty, primitive, in fact barbaric. All life forms must be respected. No god could ever have said:

Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. ~Genesis 1:26

The idea that man has dominion is plainly ridiculous. There is no quick fix to secure a peaceful coexistence and that would take aeons to change. HH The Dalai Lama told his audience, in 2010, that his diet includes meat. He squandered an opportunity to change his audience’s eating behaviour and their relationship with other life forms. More than 150 billion sentient beings are slaughtered each and every year. Source

I recall Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden’s rejection of the law of supply which states that the quantity of a good (e.g., meat) supplied (i.e., the amount owners or producers offer for sale) rises as the market price rises, and falls as the price falls. Conversely, the law of demand, says that the quantity of a good (e.g., meat) demanded falls as the price rises, and vice versa.

Rather, in contrast, according to Geshe Loden, the individual victims must have done something very bad in their earlier lives that led to them being slaughtered for their meat (collective karma). He argues that karma is the result of a decision to act in a certain way. If the decision is made by a group, for example, then the whole group will experience the collective consequences of their decision.

It is clear that millions of combatants and non-combatants have done  bad deeds, but largely on the basis of following commands given by a superior military officer requiring obedience during the course of recurring and never ending wars. These people would never have committed bad deeds otherwise. The military officers, of course, are not usually directly involved in the killing and destruction and mayhem. The sums simply don’t add up to support the collective karma doctrine.
However, acceptance of the collective karma doctrine would not require that I or anyone concerned with animal welfare follow a vegetarian diet. To follow a plant diet is pointless in the light of this doctrine. I thus reject the doctrine and, instead, accept contemporary economic laws of supply and demand that are further affected by advertising, credit, economic growth, and a host of other factors. This teaching should not be repeated and must end. It is outrageous.

Wake up and remember that animal welfare and peaceful coexistence begins with what you put on your plate.


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