Mic check: Peter Schreiner

Force Be Damned

by Peter Schreiner

“How I wish I could surrender my soul; Shed the clothes that become my skin; See the liar that burns within my needing.” Tears and Rain – James Blunt

Some of the planet’s smartest, caring, and aware people write the blogs I read and follow, and so it is that they have shown and taught me a thing or two, quite a many thing or two. But that’s how things should be, learning from each other. —Where else are we supposed to go? We have a platform that present us—for the time being—an opportunity to share ourselves freely and openly. The things we offer, the things we gather, are things too often unpleasant. And we expose these things; some do at a personal risk.

Armed with awareness and the light of knowledge we hope to do our part in shaping the world to the better, the better of all. And when I say all, I don’t mean the watered-down version of all; I mean all.

Theirry and the gorilla: WeAnimals.org – Jo-Anne McArthur

(Photo credit: Theirry and the gorilla: WeAnimals.org – Jo-Anne McArthur)

We’re not looking for fame, power, or riches. Although the proper application of these things might further our goals, it is not who we are. Our aspirations are for the explosion of truth, justice, peace, and the release from oppression and slavery. In this our lofty goal we are The Vanguard of Noble Endeavor, with mission we cannot turn our backs on. I say vanguard because in spite of our persistence and our unwavering dedication I don’t see us making any radical world changing progress during our short time on earth, nor with any of the near to follow generations, perhaps for that matter in this whole epoch of Homo sapiens sapiens.

I dislike coming across as negative and I don’t mean to diminish our vigor, but I believe there is only little we are capable of, little ground we can realistically hope to gain. But rather than letting that discouraging sentiment give rise to acquiescence it should, I hope, stir you to dogged defiance. For just at that moment when all seems lost, our efforts futile, should we reach deep into our fiber our spirits and rise up with all we have we will at least know there was no more we could have done; and who knows what may follow from that in years to come.

The point of this letter is simply that I would like to share with you my perspective—suspiciously unpopular and wildly controversial, I hold it as truth. You decide.

Something holds us back. That should be obvious. By this time in our existence, we should have reached a near utopian plateau. But we haven’t, we’re nowhere close. In fact, I’d say we’re moving in the opposite direction. We have the whole of history to reflect and to have learnt. Yet what have we learnt?

There is a controlling force. Be it the momentum of eons, the gods, aliens (I’m serious, stop snickering), the elite, the government, our culture and traditions, religions, ourselves, or more than likely a poisonous combination of these ingredients. I don’t know exactly what, but whatever it is it is real and really powerful—existing beyond our imaginations—something that keeps us inebriated with trivialities—think sports, porn, television, electronics, booze, drugs, anything to keep us unaware and distracted. And worse than that, it keeps us at odds with one another, and it does it most expertly. This force pays lip service to harmony while it enlivens our fear, hate, lust, racism, prejudice, supremacy, and here’s the real kicker, speciesism.

Hence forth, I’ll simply call this force, Force.

Force holds sway and dominance over most of us by appeasing and nurturing our selfish and violent genes. We’ve all fallen captive to Force early in life and whilst only a few have loosened their shackles, we remain chained. Force has captured kings, priests, and politicians; rich, poor, and the fading middle classes; simpletons and intellectuals; the philosopher and the apathetic alike; the sympathetic and the hardened, all enchanted by its beauty and charm; its sweet and addictive enticements and promises.

And so, we carry on as we have always done.

Force satisfies us. Our greed, comfort, and security, but most of all the satisfaction of our palate while compromising our compassion. Our whole history of existence continues to focus on food and drink—it’s the constant; lunch in our day-to-day slavish grind, our celebrations and holidays, our gatherings, the little rewards we like to afford ourselves. And after all, why not, food and drink is what keeps us alive and nourished. We give thanks to the gods, the earth, the sun, the moon, the rain, the farmers, the neighbors, and even to ourselves for its life-giving pleasure.

We should enjoy it and be grateful for it.

(Photo credit: The Australian bull: AnimalsAustralia.org)

(Photo credit: The Australian bull: AnimalsAustralia.org)

But should we kill for it?

And, if we choose to kill, what effect has that on our psyche, our disposition?

Has our genome advanced or degraded to point where we can kill without compulsion or consequence to ourselves, our spiritual entity?

I believe not.

In whichever direction our DNA has taken us we still have compassion, somewhere locked within. And therein lie the key.

Force understands this; threatened by it.

Compassion is its Achilles heel.

Force knows that if it can keep us so ruthless as to confine, torture, abuse, and kill the least helpless of creatures among us, we’ll have no limits to the atrocities we lend ourselves to, for we are a myopic species that tends to extremes. Not to mention the contamination of our spirit, our love, and the distortion of our perception that bloodshed and violence imparts to us, whether we give it, received it, or simply condone it—and not just from the violence itself but from the ingesting and absorption of traumatized flesh into our systems.

Thus, I am vegan anarchist.

I offer Force no allegiance.

Force be damned!

And again damned!

I have chosen to honor the dignity of all sentient life on earth, all to be free of enslavement, fear, and oppression. It doesn’t matter if they be human or animal—suffering and oppression are the same to the victim. The struggles of all the oppressed are my struggles, their pain is mine, their freedom or servitude is mine. And in this, I stand with them against Force. And Force be damned!

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Peter Schreiner can be found at his outstanding blog: Crows Head Soup – A Vegan Stew. This work is part of the Mic check guest blogger series.

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37 Responses to Mic check: Peter Schreiner

  1. tubularsock says:

    Well said. The only hope from Tubularsock’s point of view is de-programing from within. A long and difficult process that “Force” resists but unless ONE relearns “knowing-who-you-are” which happens to be in the opposite of the “Force” program, you don’t have a chance for real change.

    Life is a projection and what you get is YOU (each of us) projecting out and receiving our projected mirror image.

    Peace and love are real.

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  2. “I don’t know exactly what, but whatever it is it is real and really powerful—existing beyond our imaginations—something that keeps us inebriated with trivialities—think sports, porn, television, electronics, booze, drugs, anything to keep us unaware and distracted.”

    Does Force equate to having too much of a good thing, i.e., testosterone and dopamine? I think so. We live in cultures (mostly hyper-masculine) that stimulate testosterone and dopamine. In the article, Peace Among Primates by Robert Sapolsky, he shares his observations after spending 2 plus years with the savanna baboons. The alpha male baboons bullied the less dominate males, and the less dominate males turned their frustration on the females. But in one troop, the Forest Troop, half the alpha males died after eating tainted meat. Because there were fewer males (who had very high testosterone and dopamine) in the troop, it had a major, positive impact on the troop’s culture. In Sapolsky’s words, they became a baboon utopia. I

    In his book “The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain”, Dr. Ian Robertson writes:

    ” Power changes the brain triggering increased testosterone in both men and women. Testosterone and one of its by-products called 3-androstanediol, are addictive, largely because they increase dopamine in a part of the brain’s reward system called the nucleus accumbens. Cocaine has its effects through this system also, and by hijacking our brain’s reward system, it can give short-term extreme pleasure but leads to long-term addiction, with all that that entails.

    Unfettered power has almost identical effects. But too much power – and hence too much dopamine – can disrupt normal cognition and emotion, leading to gross errors of judgment and imperviousness to risk, not to mention huge egocentricity and lack of empathy for others.

    Yesterday I read a about study that was quite eye-opening and confirms the research I’ve read on this subject. The Alternet article was titled “7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain”

    # 5 Men with a lot of testosterone do weird things with money.

    “Neoclassical economists have often argued that people will naturally seek financial gain, no matter how small, and will do so in a rational manner. But psychologists have found otherwise. The Economist magazine describes an ultimatum game in which one player divides a pot of money between himself and another. The second player then chooses whether to accept the offer. If he rejects it, neither player benefits. Curiously, a low offer is usually rejected, despite the fact that rejecting the offer means that the players will get zilch.

    Terence Burnham of Harvard University observed male players and compared their testosterone levels using saliva samples. Turns out that the ones who refused a stingy final offer had an average testosterone level more than 50 percent higher than the average of those who took it. The reason appears to be that the high testosterone people would rather accept less themselves than see a rival get ahead. They seem to be programmed to seek social dominance, and they will behave irrationally trying to get it.”

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    You nailed it when you wrote: “something that keeps us inebriated with trivialities—think sports, porn, television, electronics, booze, drugs, anything to keep us unaware and distracted. And worse than that, it keeps us at odds with one another, and it does it most expertly”

    But the Force is not beyond our imagination. It’s simply under the radar. I think positive change will come about when we understand and educate about of our brain, our hormones and neurotransmitters. Dopamine is the most addictive substance on the planet. Have we created conditions and promoted a society of people who are literally addicted to their own biopharmacy? I think so.

    Thanks for the excellent article, and for caring.

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    • Hi Victoria, Force certainly includes too much of a good thing, keeping us distracted, self-absorbed, and uncaring. I can’t speak intelligently to these things of testosterone and dopamine, but what you have here adds credence to the force of Force. I must sometime pickup this book “The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain,” I can only imagine how it does. Thank you, Victoria for this insight, I’ll be sure to look more into this as time allows. And thank you too for the link below.

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      • Peter, thank you for your kind and responsive reply. This is certainly a complex issue but we do jave the tools and the knowledge to make the necessary changes. But it won’t come about until we make education about our neurology/biology a priority. For example — every 15 seconds someone sustains a traumatic brain injury in America. It’s the number one cause of injury and death in children. But how many people are aware of the research about brain injuries? For example — From the Franklin Institute:

        “Children who experience early damage in the prefrontal cortex never completely develop social or moral reasoning. As adults, even on an intellectual level, they cannot refer to such behavior because they have little concept of it. In contrast, individuals with adult-acquired damage are usually aware of proper social and moral conduct, but are unable to apply such behaviors.”

        An estimated 300,000 cases of traumatic brain injury occur each year (in America) from sports and recreation accidents. Neurology professor Dr. Antonio Damasio and colleagues at the University of Iowa College of Medicine reported cases of early brain damage to the prefrontal cortex. As adults, the patients showed two distinctive features: an almost total lack of guilt and an inability to plan for the future – but were normal in almost every other type of mental ability.

        “Patients had problems with violence and resembled “psychopathic individuals, who are characterized by high levels of aggression and antisocial behavior performed without guilt or empathy for their victims,” commented Raymond Dolan of Institute of Neurology in London. He said their brains were just not capable of acquiring social and moral knowledge even at a normal level.

        Researchers at the University of Sweden have found the prefrontal cortex to be precisely the area of the brain that is impaired in murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals who repeatedly re-offend.

        Recently, it was discovered that approximately 50% of the those age 16 to 18 in the prison system in New York City had a tramautic brain injury before their offense. The U.S. Department of Justice statistic showed that over 60% of those incarcerated had mental illness.

        Then we have attachment spectrum disorders (dysfunction of pons in the brain stem) that can occur from infancy to 5 months of age and older. As they grow common symptoms are:

        Poor peer relationships, hyper vigilance, anxiety, destruction to self or others, superficially engaging phoniness, indiscriminate affection with strangers, extreme measures to gain and exert control, lying, extreme anger, manipulation, violence, poor impulse control, lack of conscience, poor causal thinking, abnormal eating patterns, lack of eye contact except when lying, cruelty to animals, and learning delays or disabilities.

        Just tossing a baby up in the air during play can cause damage to the brain stem but you see this play often. Then we have comprehensive studies such as the CDC study “Adverse Childhood Experiences” showing that these negative experiences (including corporal punishment) leads to all kinds of mental health and physical problems and social dysfunction.

        We will continue to spin our wheels unless we address the environmental and cultural norms that lead to brain dysfunction to the point that it affects all of humanity, other species and the planet. Authoritarian religions play a huge role in this dysfunction, too. They create the very environments that lead to brain damage, over stimulation of dopamine, as well as lending to disadvantageous brain plasticity.

        I apologize for the length of this post, but it is damn frustrating that this knowledge is at our fingertips and hardly anyone is addressing it.

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  3. Correction — Robert Sapolsky spent 2 plus decades among the savanna baboons.

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  4. Dopamine Addiction

    “Using brain scanning equipment researchers have established that all addictions can be traced to dopamine-induced expectations. Expectations of getting “high” keep junkies lying, cheating, stealing, and craving the next fix. For some, the expectations involve cocaine. For others, it can be nicotine, alcohol, sex, gambling, or food. Addictions to street drugs are hard to deny because they require the ingesting, inhaling, or injecting of known addictive substances. Physical addictions destroy lives and wreak societal damage, but the most common and dangerous addictions include a short list of easy to deny psychological expectations.”

    http://dopamineproject.org/dopamine-addiction-da/

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    • I’m glad that you mentioned food here. The craving of a flesh perhaps feeds the hyper-masculine, the stimulating of testosterone of the kill. I know hunters that say, boldly proclaim, nothing they like better than killing, a deer, or whatever they’re hunting. I suspect this an arousal, a perverted arousal.

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    • Victoria, thank you. No need to apologize for a lengthy post. I’m glad you’ve posted this and I find it all very interesting, it certainly goes a long way in explaining certain behavioral types. I’ll read more on your site. Once more, thank you. -Peter

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      • Peter. I have thought a lot about your post. I remember so many times hearing sermons when I was a kid and as an adult, before I left Christianity, how much more valuable we humans were to god than animals.

        Matthew 6:26 states:

        “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

        And then there is Genesis 1:26

        “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

        I understand that most species kill other species for food, and it can seem cruel, but humans have taken it to another level (Think puppy mills). I believe those scriptures (written by men) played a major role in how many, if not most people, view themselves — more valuable than all other species.

        Thanks again for an excellent and much needed article, and for your supportive replies.

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    • Victoria, I have a lot to say about religion, and ain’t much of it good, I’m sure some of that will come out as comments as I read more on your website. Thanks.

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  5. “We’re not looking for fame, power, or riches.” Hell, I would settle for a normal bowel movement – after suffering from Clostridium difficile for 21 years owing to doctors overtreating me with broad spectrum antibiotics.

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  6. Jeff Nguyen says:

    I have been admittedly late to the game in acknowledging the significance of the animal rights movement and grasping it’s interconnectedness to the global struggle against the corporate-capitalist forces arrayed against us. The depth of the cruelties inflicted upon animals mirrors the callous destruction of the very planet that sustains us in the pursuit of profits and material comforts.

    This is a brilliant treatise that we would all do well to consider. The antithesis of force is compassion, if I’m interpreting this well formulated essay correctly. This must include all living things if we are to overcome and abolish the hierarchal structures that bind us all. Thank you for your stellar contribution to the Mic check series, Peter.

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    • Jeff, most of us are latecomers. I can’t think of any atrocity better hid from public view than animal agriculture. But things are changing and people are becoming aware, as evidenced by the rash of recently introduced so-called AG GAG bills. Laws that outlaw pictures, videos, sound recordings inside the factory farms. Several states have passed the laws many have not—yet. The war is still on going.

      The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) of 2006 has defined political activity of animal rights as acts of terrorism; clearly, desperation provoked this. Because they know if you know, you’re not going to approve, and they need to put a lid on it.

      There’s no doubt in my mind that all of us here following Deconstructing Myths are in anyway capable of the same atrocities committed to animals by AG.

      There are human health issues and environmental impacts to this too, but I’ll leave that for another day.

      I encourage everyone to watch the following videos—if you can, it’s very difficult—then ask himself or herself if they’d really like to continue supporting this. These horrors are courtesy of, as you say, the same corporate-capitalist forces arrayed against us.

      http://www.meatvideo.com

      http://earthlings.com/?page_id=32

      Thank you, Jeff for this opportunity and your understanding.

      Peace to all, and when I say all . . . .

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  8. I was just notified of this petition in my email. This is horrific animal abuse. Please sign.

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  9. diahannreyes says:

    Peter, I love the way you explain this “force” and how civilization is seduced by it. And how there are spiritual reverberations to killing animals. My bf, who is a vegan, often talks about how there was a time when the world thought colonizing and suppressing people was okay too but that has changed. So hopefully, at some point animals too will benefit from people waking up further.

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  10. Debra says:

    Force is the perfect word for the phenomenon behind almost all the evils of this society/culture. To tak another life to destroy it and eat it — on a whim or because it tastes right is just so bizarre so obviously wrong. And yet some peopel think this is a complicated issue. It seems awfully simple to me.

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    • Exactly. The solution is simple, the implementation however perhaps impossible. Reasoning is trumped, as I’ve said, by our selfish and violent genes (and as I’ve recently learned from the above comments, brain damage). And this selfishness is not just of the palette and materialistic gain but too by the craving and devotion to one’s ideology, ideology secured by Force.

      Thank you, Debra.

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  11. Michael Lane says:

    I am on board with all of this, and some of the comments have been enlightening as well. Well written and presented, Peter. :)

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  12. tcg4mom says:

    Hey Hey, Jeff!!!! It’s me…former ileneonwords! Hope family is well!!!!

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  13. Lara/Trace says:

    The people who control things (The Force) are not wanting us to be well emotionally and are counting on us to not be strong and ready. This post is a very good start! I am awake!

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    • In fact, they purposely keep us unwell through their ever-expanding fictitious definitions of mental illnesses, and physical illnesses—caused primarily by our animal diets. Then there are the threats of diseases—think vaccinations, think flu shots—all treated by the prescribing of poisonous—oft mind-altering legal drugs; not to mention the dumping of illegal drugs. And then there are the harmful physical and mental effects of cellular phones and Wi-Fi signals, casually dismissed for convenience sake. GMO’s, pesticides, weed killers . . . it all smells of conspiracy—but only because it is.

      Thank you, Lara.

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  14. Emy Will says:

    Thank you, Peter, for this excellent and inspirational piece.

    I enjoyed the multi-perspective debate that followed. Being a psychologist I do not support biological determinism, as that would make people mere victims of physiology. Neither do I believe we are born a “blank screen” on which the environment impinges. This would make us too vulnerable to manipulation.
    So that leaves me with a belief in the mind–body interaction. This is a complex phenomenon influenced by the environment i.e. three factors influence hu(wo)man behaviour.

    To me, there seems to be an intrinsic need in people to be part of something; to follow the trend. It is easier to go with the status quo than to stand out and take the risk of exclusion. Hence, people acquiesce to feel secure and accepted.
    Of course this is exploited by Capital. I think Marx’s concept of “false consciousness” is relevant here. We falsely believe that we need certain material objects, foods, synthetic vitamins, clothing and jewellery (‘a diamond is a girl’s best friend’).
    More than just need, people believe that if they own certain things their status is elevated, commanding respect from others. A heady opiate indeed.

    Furthermore, I absolutly agree about the addiction to power (as discussed).

    It takes intense self-examination to transcend all of this conditioning and I have by no means reached that point myself. I just try live my life with integrity but more so when it comes to nonhuman animals and hope that others will follow (I do see the irony here ;)

    Despite myself there are times when I despise human-kind.

    So much to say, so little time.

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    • I think we are in agreement. People have a damning need to belong and a stubbornness against change. But also I believe our genome is responsible for our basic constitution of which greed and violence are predominant characteristics. I’m finding this to be how we were “created”. And I don’t mean that in a creation or evolutionary sense; but that’s a topic of speculation for another time.

      As for manipulation, I have to think that our entire lives are manipulated by Force. And only a few of us have loosened the shackles. We’re loosening them now by sharing what we learn from each other.

      Emy, please don’t sell yourself short in your self-examination. You’ve transcended a lot already in your compassion for other species. And that is the only path to peace, even if peace will only exist within ourselves.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  15. Carl at FSJ says:

    My point form comments is my way of thinking out loud prior to writing. Hope you do not mind. I do not have the time or mental energy at this time to complete my writing.

    First let me say I find your post very profound. [Not sure if that is the word I am looking for but the closest I can come to, I know I hate it when people use similar expression when discussing my writing] My first read of your work was I did not like what I was reading. That in itself is ok. I like to read things I do not like. It pushes me beyond my own thinking, which is always a good thing. After a second and third reading I have come to a conclusion that I like your reasoning but do not share the pessimism evident in this one post.

    My words below are my questions to me not you, but feel free to add any comments you wish. I will digest the whole work and if everything works out I will write a long form Response rather than my crude mental notes.

    Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Smile

    Carl

    1 -What is the, “watered-down version of all”?
    2 – What are we looking for? While we may all like to think of ourselves as altruistic, men always do things for reasons. So if not for fame, power and riches, what?
    3 – Mission? What mission?
    4 – Why do you believe that we are so powerless to change? Have we not shown we have great aptitude for effecting change before, both internally and externally? See Bill Gates letter for 2014.
    5 – I see nothing wildly controversial in your comments? Unpopular is apt but something akin to last years fashion.
    6 – I believe it is we who are holding ourselves back and it is we who is this power, the “Force” you speak of.
    7 – As Edison is so fondly quoted as saying, “A thousands ways not to do it.”
    8 – Aliens? Spirits maybe? Beings on way of the other that are not of our physical world. See Dean
    9 – We remain chained. By our own hand and mind? We choose the chains and we become our own joaler.
    10 – Controlling force you say? Force =Us, we are the force you talk about.
    11 – “We carry on as we have always done.” Yes, such a short comment yet it may be the king pin of the post.
    12 – Food and drink. Your question is similar to do we live to eat, or eat to live?
    13 – Should we kill to eat? Interesting, if we believe in evolution then killing to eat is not an issue. Yes we evolved by doing just that so it is within our basic makeup. The question then, as I see it is, did we evolve?
    14 – Genome advance or degraded, neither I would expect. But then again it would depend on our understanding of evolution verses creation verses any other how did we get here theory.
    15 – Compassion? That is an interesting notion. If we did evolve why would compassion be a trait that would win out? How would compassion create a better species?
    16 – If we are the force and we have compassion and compassion is force’s Achilles heel, then what? We hold the key to unlock our selves from our selves. I like it.

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    • Carl, I thank you for taking the time to comment and your honest appraisal.

      Because you offered, I’ll answer some of your questions, expounding on what I’ve wrote, and hopefully to clear up any confusion I may have presented.

      1. The watered-down version is the narrow focus on humanity alone.

      2. I’d like to think we’re looking for peace and justice for all.

      Yes, there are always reasons for what we do no matter how mundane or grand. And it is often difficult if not impossible for many of the more egocentric to understand there are a few whose reasons and efforts are not always motivated by selfishness. Fame, power, and riches are selfish egocentric desires that care little for even the watered-down version of all. However, it is true that altruism often feeds one’s ego and can be a working substitute for fame, power, and riches.

      3. The mission is the pursuit of peace and justice for all.

      4. We are nearly powerless to evoke meaningful change. That being peace, real peace for all. A cursory examination of history shows we’re moving in reverse, or at least sideways: the endless wars with the never-before potential and threat to destroy all life, global conflicts and turmoil, capitalism, imperialism, neo-fascism, starvation, global warming and the environment, pollution, etc. all prove those seeking peace are virtually powerless, their voices muted by the magnitude of Force. But, there is good, however small in comparison it is.

      5. Try this experiment. Convince your family, friends, and coworkers you’re dedicated to an ethical vegan lifestyle. That you will be honoring the life of all sentient creatures, not killing them, not eating them, then see how controversial you become.

      6. To a degree we are holding ourselves back, resisting change with unwavering religious and fanatical devotion to our concepts; traditions, cultures, the way we’ve always done things, the things we’ve always loved. The Force is all influences external and internal.

      8. Yes aliens, specifically, the Anunnaki.

      I have no knowledge of spirits, as such.

      12. The West certainly lives to eat, and this unbridled passion to satisfy one’s palate is killing everything; sentient creatures, the planet, and themselves—think heart disease, cancer, and obesity and the complications thereof; then consider a plant based diet and most of that goes away, in some cases almost immediately; but we still die.

      13. Assuming for the moment that evolution is real and further assuming that we are among the apex predator classes then we might kill as our needs demand. Animal predators do this and as such, act as beneficial predators keeping natures in balance. They take only what they need, leaving the strong and healthy. They kill or attempt to kill their prey quickly and without ceremony or pomp, they don’t confine or torment their prey (domestic cats may be the exception). This is not what most humans do, quite the contrary. And nature is not in balance and animals are enslaved, raped, confined (many for many years), tortured, abused and sexually molested, then brutally murdered. Not the behavior of a beneficial predator nor the behavior of any stable person, yet it has the support of nearly every “normal” person shopping the meat and dairy aisles. Man is nothing less than an insane predator having no regard for the welfare of either animal, planet, or environment—only his immediate gratification is of care to him, even at the cost of his own wellbeing.

      14. I too suspect our genome locked-in at a paltry 3%. A pity it is.

      Based on the physical evidence we have available, theories of evolution and religious creation are both terribly flawed and contain only minute truths. This, I believe, becomes obvious when one studies the research of evidence of our existence, the origin of our ancestry, with an unbiased resolve.

      15. Compassion focuses on all things good, thereby producing good things. Killing, torturing, causing suffering and oppression to any sentient life form are not good and contrary to compassion.

      It wasn’t my intent to confuse this more, but I fear I may have done just that.

      Again, thank you, Carl and peace to you.

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      • Carl at FSJ says:

        More fodder for my thoughts. I will need time to digest the meat, ;), of your thoughts. Sorry could not help myself.

        Some very simple thoughts on your thoughts.
        1. I understand your terminology now.
        2. It is a good ideal but I do not see it as a relevant driving force behind our actions. But need more time to assess.
        3. I like that, and I would agree that would be the highest mission we can carry forth.
        4. Not sure about this, I think I understand were you are coming from and I am willing to concede that my reluctance to accept it maybe due to not wanting to feel powerless against this system.
        5. Interesting however I have several friends whom are vegan’s and have been trying for some time to convince me to switch, so I do not believe I would encounter much resistance on that front. I still do not see it as you stated “wildly controversial”. But I know I take literacy license to make a point more pointed so to say. Not placing my opinions or trends on you. Just me making off the top of my head comments. That get me in trouble at times.
        6. I would agree. Maybe for differing reasons but agree.
        8. I know nothing of Aliens, but to be fair I know nothing of spirit creatures either. My comment was more of drawing a parallel between the two. Given your belief it may come across as belittling however I want to assure you that is not my intention.
        12. The only comment I would say about this is that I spent time in the north, high north Greenland, Russia, Canada with the Inuit. While these people today have some access to vegetable foodstuff it is expensive, of poor quality, and changing at least 2000 years of cultural history is hard. Now I am proposing that just because one group of people had the real need to eat only meat that we all should. But it is interesting that their health is does not appear to have greatly suffered because of this. Additionally theirs is not a culture that one of violence. On the flip it is more peaceable than most aboriginal tribes.
        13. I would agree, in principal.
        14. Agreed however I do not understand your 3%. Are you talking about the percent of brain that is used of something akin to that? 3% of our potential?
        15. I have some agreement. Need to think about your finer point.

        We will talk again. I can see that.

        Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much.
        Carl

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  16. Carl at FSJ says:

    In my earlier comment for point 12 there is a typo. “Now I am proposing” should be “Now I am not proposing”.

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    • Hi Carl.

      12. While I’m convinced that universal peace cannot exist alongside killing, violence, and oppression of any sentient life, far be it from me to judge the Inuit, or anyone living in the wild whose survival truly depends on killing. Nor can I speak to their health. Although I failed to mention, I suspect many of our health problems, particularly in the USA have multiple causes, although the consumption of meat and dairy is the number one culprit, by a wide margin. Now, hunting for survival is one thing. The confining, torturing, abusing, and molesting of animals for human consumption is quite another, and that’s what we do to over 68 billion sentient and innocent land animals each year. That’s a very different scenario than hunting for survival, so much so its comparison is ineffable. I’m further convinced that this brutality has taken its toll on our disposition and mentality.

      14. Our DNA, not brain, has a large portion switched off. Some geneticist refers to it as Junk DNA. The percent turned on is roughly 3%, depending on who and what you listen to. Imagine though what we’d be capable of if we could turn it all on. We might regrow lost limbs as lizards regrow lost tails, or we might live as long as Methuselah (that would be troublesome), shapeshifting, invisibility, who knows what.

      Thank you, Carl. Peace.

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  18. Very moving and powerful, Peter. Thank-you.

    BTW, when I click Like on your blog, all that happens is a miniscule box with an even tinier x in it appears. I just wanted to let you know that I AM reading and liking stuff, but I can’t figure out how to fix that.

    Anyway, I’ll keep trying.

    And congratulations on another great post

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