Ahimsa. A beautiful word with a beautiful meaning. It’s a Sanskrit term for “nonviolence”. More specifically it means abstaining from killing, harming, and/or injuring another living, sentient being. Hence, nonviolence.
Those of you who visit Museworthy solely as an art blog are good to tolerate my occasional “love and compassion toward animals” posts. I sincerely thank you for abiding my digressions. If it were not an issue for which I have profound feelings, I would gladly spare you these off-topic posts. But my feelings are profound, and I am compelled to share this heart-rending, thought-provoking video with all of you.
In spite of the many vocal animal rights groups out there, society’s treatment of animals still remains a topic we’re not allowed to examine in depth. Nor are we allowed to re-think our eating habits, question the ethics of the factory farming system, or fully chastise the animal agriculture industry. Moreover, we are expected to deny our innate sense of interconnectedness with all living beings. We are taught, instead, to value cheeseburgers and hot dogs, mock vegetarians, and insist incorrectly that animals “have no feelings”. The indisputable truth is that animals are conscious and aware. They feel pain, grief, fear, loneliness, sadness. And they are defenseless against human cruelty.
To anyone who has read John Robbins’ books Diet for a New America or The Food Revolution, I’d strongly encourage you to extend your enlightenment and read Dr. Will Tuttle’s incredible book, The World Peace Diet. I just finished it myself, and I haven’t been so affected by a book in a very long time.
This video is from the Farm Sanctuary, an organization I’m proud to support. The narrator’s voice is that of Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur. A friend of mine said that the first half of this video was one of the hardest things she ever had to watch. But I assure you all that the second half – starting at 2:44 – is worth enduring the horrors of the first.
During this holiday season, remember not just the struggles and suffering of humankind, but of all our friends on earth -our fellow mortals – whose instincts to love, inhabit earth, and live free are equal to ours. Ahimsa for all.