Fruit without Seeds!
A poem by Manuchehr Jamali, translation Gita Yegane Arani
Man knows that truth is a fruit without seeds,
Truth, he knows, must pacify and satisfy your palate,
Hadn’t it been paradises fruit that he’d eaten,
And of which he’d spat out its seeds in disgust,
And said why God would have to place in fruit with sweetness,
teeth breaking rocks,
The devil though knew, that ripe fruit would bear heavy stones.
And seeds of “visionary fruits” would break the “questions” of the teeth!
The devil planted the seeds, that man spat with anger,
And over time grew another plant and he’d create another paradise;
one that would produce fruit without seeds, and sights without questions!
And man, thrown out of paradise for eating God’s fruit,
Was thus put back into God’s paradise,
And went with Satan’s paradisical insights,
Offering taste and comfort,
And: the fruit, within him, would contain no seeds of questions!
Tired from painfully planting the seeds and cultivation,
And from the burden of growing and work,
The needed task became a bane.
Since then the devil would be in heaven,
That “knowledge without doubts” was achieved,
And a truth of “fruit without seeds” known,
And the truth without question be swallowed.
And man did not know that truth is the Creator,
Whose seeds become questions,
And that the knowledge that these questions developed, he would not find,
and thus not have the truth.
So he named the devil’s paradise, God’s paradise,
And God’s paradise would be named: a lie that’s past!
Re-edited Nov. 2018.
The term ‘veganism’ describes the ethical and practical exclusion of any animal- and animal derived product or animal-involving procedures/exploitation utilized to serve human interests. It does not say or indicate yet how nonhuman animals should be implied actively into any framework that implies humans/human societies, as a solution to the existent predominant catastrophic human-animal relation. How nonhumans can and should be included and reached out for, be addressed, implied constructively in a way that confronts the ‘animal question’ with due justice, in n toher words: the state of positively dwelling together is not so much and only indirectly put forward.*
Similalry ther term ‘speciesism’ describes the condition of ethical exclusion, now on a basically sociological level. It describes foremostly the biological categorisation yet inasmuch also other forms of categorization – such as religion, philosophical, scientific, etc. – of arbitrary derogative barriers set up by humans/’human cultures and civilization’ towards nonhuman animals.
We thought now to express the direct inclusionary level by a simple term which can be used practically and applied as a scheme to test any settings, condition … to check any given situative constellation for its nonhuman-inclusiveness!
This is about expressing an idea:
For checking anything for its nonhuman-inclusiveness you logically have to open up perspectivcs of how your view of nonhumans can be reasonable and ethically complete, appreciative and open-minded.
You can thus explicitly create, observe, discuss, design, conceptualize each and every aspect of human life in a nonhuman-inclusive approach.
Sounds perhaps too practical and maybe this seems to short a description of our idea, but we find it a helpful angle in our activities.
It should be added that our nonhuman-inclusive approach can be extended into a nonhuman-considerate direction where a seeming absence of nonhumans can be affirmative of nonhuman interests also indirectly, by a decided avoidance of promoting human concepts which openly or subtly suppress nonhumanity and nonhuman animals, but this will be discussed in a seperate, later post.
* This becomes clear e.g. in veganic projects, which 100 percent represent the vegan idea, yet exclude the question of animal life in a proactive form. Veganic projects don’t imply space for nonhuman animals to be involved in a just yet existentially directly present way.
The Ku Klux Klan loves to adopt highways and sues the counties who don’t want to have them there. My friend Platypus told me about one of such incidents that took place in the area where she lives:
The Adopt-A-Highway program allows any organization to participate, which became a point of controversy when the Ku Klux Klan adopted a portion of Interstate 55 just south of St. Louis, Missouri. While legally the program had to uphold the groups’ rights to participate, the public outcry and repeated destruction of their sign was a cause of concern. In November 2000, the section of highway was designated as the Rosa Parks Freeway, named after the famed civil-rights heroine. (SOURCE)
The KKK seems to be on the rise in Germany, like other forms of homophobia are too. Right wing mediocrity comfortably blends into extremism, in the same way as religious conformism gives way to an overall despisal of infidels and people of the wrong gender. The people who imagine to be so contrary often have more in common than they probably believe.
@germanvegan rightly noted:
While we are busy breaking our heards about intra-human conflicts, the world is being destroyed by speciesism+ecocidal consumerism.
If we WANT to find common grounds, we ought to make a shift in our thinking. There are more important things than nitpicking on other peoples “being different from me”.
Anybody who really believes he is taking a higher moral stance by assuming his race, creed or even gender would be THE ONE making THE RIGHT impacts on the world for it to become a better place, leaves the broad possibilities of the moral plane.
Morality means facing real evils and not being comfortable with ones own faulty narcissism.
People like this: https://twitter.com/CamasD prove that speciesism can indeed be compared to racism, sexism … as far as the fact is concerned that the problem lies 100% in the deranged psyche of the perpetrator. It’s a given pretext that is employed to make things look as if the targeted subject had features, characteristics or otherwise such an ‘essence of being’ that the very obvious injustice inflicted by the oppressor against a chosen victim would be thus justified (yeah really usually the gravest forms of injustice are brought about by some rational argument – rational in the view of the oppressor).
The reasons of course why a victim is chosen by a sadistic human group has political implications, each in own complex forms.
Nonhuman animals are picked as victims, in the case of a speciesist agenda, to seek dominance via the complete physical annihilation in order to make the own species “manifest” as the winner species, as the super-ordinate god-like form of existence, as an all knowing, an all controlling species, that can even declare “the other” to be “just a piece of meat” – which is but something digestible and palatable. (see for that: Eating, crushing, as a form of wielding power over other living beings … Elias Canetti in ‘Crowds and Power’ pp. 210-211.
This female person works for http://wusthofedge.com/ and she runs her own “meat collective” in the state of Oregon where she seeks to intellectually make speciesism look like a necessity for the human condition.
Instead of accepting human cultural (and thus ethical) re- and evolution, this person puts all her fantasy and physical eager into trying to get us where nobody except the sadist even came from: she literally takes carnism to a wannabe intellectualized level.
A sad horizon for anyone
She goes to “humane” farms, dares to put her sadist hand onto the nonhumans to “stroke” them, to later involve their tortured bodies into her group-driven-ritualistic abstractions of what is one of the most extreme forms of speceisism that I’ve seen to date.
The severity of speciesism in her case bases on an idea of promulgating flesh-handling in connection with the ideologization of objectifying nonhuman animals as a form of a supposed overall human ethical enlightenment. She is one of those speciesist ideologists that wish so hard to undermine the very ethics and morals that base on the pure and undeflected commonsense human form of reasoning.
Religions and the sacrifice of nonhuman animals , some links ( all accessed 21th Oct 2012 )
Animal slaughter in Islam is ritualistic … No human behavior is more hidden or misunderstood than offering sacrifice, both animal and human … Animal Sacrifice … in the 21st century! … Unethical Practice of ANIMAL SACRIFICE … Over 100 million animals are slaughtered annually during Eid ul-Adha across the Islamic world within a 48 hour period
Buddhism banned animal sacrifice in the regions where it predominantly occured. However on Buddha’s birthday animal sacrifices take place, an gruesome mass killing carried out by various Hindu sects … http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=470 … http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Animal-Sacrifice-on-Buddhas-Birthday/407150862641376 … http://www.stopanimalsacrifice.org
“China: Buddhism and Taoism generally prohibit killing of animals; some animal offerings, such as fowl, pigs, goats, fish, or other livestock, are accepted in some Taoism sects and beliefs in Chinese folk religion. In Kaohsiung, animal sacrifices are banned in Taoist temples” says Wikipedia, this however is not totally true, there is a Buddhist temple http://wikimapia.org/142877/Tzu-Chi-Temple where a horrific form of animal sacrifice take place, as I mentioned in this blog post about the murder of pigs in the Sanhsia Tzushi Temple.
The majority of pagans today in the Western societies are supposedly vegetarian or vegan
Overall I want to note: Most religions are incompatible with Animal Rights and Earth Rights, simply because they put a god or gods, a divine concept, on top of all existence in a hierarchical manner. Paganism and some religions stand inbetween, depending on the features of their god/gods. The best is to let your reason speak, and not any contractualist and homoncentrically driven collectivist selfishness.
To argue that our secular societies also kills nonhuman animals, on an industrial scale, does not take anything away from the moral blindness that religions display in regard to other than human life, individual life and justice based on ‘common sense’ reasoning; after all religions falsely claim they have something to do with “love” and “the creation”. Any society has to face the consequences of the factul atrocities it commits – be it in the name of progress or a religious belief held.
The incapacity of humans to relate to the world and the universe in a co-creative, mutually respectful and sensitive way, brings with it an undesired incapacity to deal with one another as humans in a peaceful way. You can’t have the one without the other, you can’t arbitrarily draw a line between all the factors that matter for a morally sound coexistence … . But try to convince people of that … the things that never seemed to matter morally so much, someone might think, how could these things matter now? Well, welcome to the 21 Century!
Brave documentary from the German TV network WDR/SWR about the dubious activities of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Click CC under the video for English subs!
WWF – The Pact with the Panda, by http://www.wilfried-huismann.de
this year is gonna be amazing. AR is strong and will get even stronger. Veganism is a must by now, yeah and even the moral “musts” take till they take over a world with 7 billion humans. This is no utopic talk, this is the evolution of revolution … .
A HAPPY AND CREATIVE 2012 TO ALL THE GOOD MINDED FRIENDS