When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I feel the pain in the world
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Our Planet, Violence, Inflation, Human Rights, Our Shrinking Freedom, Other
So what is it?
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
There will never be peace in the world as long as human beings kill and eat animals.
“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.”
“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.”
~ Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
“There will never be any peace in the world as long as we eat animals.”
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Prize in Literature
The same questions are bothering me today as they did fifty years ago. Why is one born? Why does one suffer? In my case, the suffering of animals also makes me very sad. I'm a vegetarian, you know. When I see how little attention people pay to animals, and how easily they make peace with man being allowed to do with animals whatever he wants because he keeps a knife or a gun, it gives me a feeling of misery and sometimes anger with the Almighty. I say "Do you need your glory to be connected with so much suffering of creatures without glory, just innocent creatures who would like to pass a few year's in peace?" I feel that animals are as bewildered as we are except that they have no words for it. I would say that all life is asking: “What am I doing here?”
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer, Newsweek interview, 16 October 1978 after winning the Nobel Prize in literature
The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret. It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.
~ Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address, “The Problem of Peace in the World Today”
“Any religion not based on a respect for life is not a true religion. Until he extend his circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, man will not himself find peace.”
~ Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize 1952
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
~ Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
~ Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)
“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
~ Albert Schweitzer
“We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do. Cruelty... is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions. If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us - in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore (May 7, 1861 - August 7, 1941), Nobel Prize 1913
“Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?”
~ Plutarch (circa 45 - 125 A.D.), Writer, Philosopher, and Priest of the Delphic Oracle
“Our task is to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.”
~ Albert Einstein
“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Genesis 1:29: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”
“In that day the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and the leopard and goats will be at peace. Calves and fat cattle will be safe among lions, and the little child shall lead them all. The cows will graze among bears; cubs and calves will lie down together, and lions will eat grass like the cows. . . Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so shall the earth be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”
~ Isaiah 11:6-10
Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.
~ Franz Kafka, while admiring fish in an aquarium
Can we change the world?
More about me
My profession is visual artist, fine art illustrator, and graphic designer. You can view my portfolio with illustrations at Graφical Devine (graphicaldevine.com).
I studied Visual Communication at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), formerly known as The National College of Art and Design (Statens Håndverks- og Kunstindustriskole).
I live a Vegan life, and I eat mostly vegetarian raw food.
Reading through your iPeace page here and appreciating your concern for treating animals with respect. Thank you for the quotes you have listed. I'm a vegetarian for 39 years, vegan for 23 years and about 75% raw now for 15 years. I believe that systematic human transformation back to our vegan roots as earth's co-inhabitants with animals is part of our worldwide 'indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generating') universal heritage. Some characteristics of indigenous whole systems design at https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/solidarity
Indigene Community www.indigenecommunity.info works in compilation and promotion of Indigenous Knowledge and economy. Douglas Jack firstname.lastname@example.org