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Wars, Diet and the rape of Earth

The issues of wars, our diet and our rape of Earth are interconnected.


In The Yoga of Nutrition
(pages 61-62) spiritual philosopher Omraam Mikhaёl Aїvanhov says:

On the surface it may seem that wars are caused by economic and political questions, but in fact they are caused by our wholesale slaughter of animals. The laws of justice are inexorable, and men are going to have to pay with their own blood: they are going to have to spill the same amount of blood that they have caused animals to spill... war will go on just as long as we continue to slaughter animals because, by destroying them we are destroying ourselves.

Most people understand we are raping the Earth. In the words of Eve Ensler (accessed 18/1/2013):

There is a rape culture - a mindset that seems to have infected every aspect of our lives: the raping of the Earth through ecological destruction by the corporate powerful, pillaging resources for their own coffers with no concern for the Earth, or the indigenous peoples, or the notion of reciprocity; the rape of the poor through exploitation, land grabs, neglect; the rape of women's bodies through physical violence and commodification, where a girl can be purchased for less than the cost of a mobile phone. 

The Rich World and its capitalist economy continues to overconsume and drive the world economy, and so we all become enmeshed in this rape culture. The genocide of animals has surely got to be one of the largest - in terms of number of deaths and length of time - of the many that have traumatised Earth. The rape of other resources (like trees and fossil fuels) also needs to stop. Let us prove the Cree Indian proverb to be wrong:

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.

Some solutions:-
  • Eat vegetarian (including no chicken and fish). By doing so, you contribute to world peace, not to mention more food becomes available for everyone (because grain-fed meat production contributes to global food scarcity - see here). Or at least reduce your meat consumption. 
  • Lead a simpler life. There are many books and resources available on how to simplify your life. In this way, you consume less and stop the rape culture. 
  • Collectively, we need to find a better system than capitalism with its GDP prioritisation and constant growth. Gross National Happiness (GNH) is one possibility. 
  • Sustainable resources for energy and living need to become established. This includes: solar energy, wind energy, water energy, possibly seaweed as a biofuel (which avoids the food versus fuel land-use debate), or sugar-rich willow, or artificial photosynthesis by man-made plants
  • Help the movement towards this rape-free Earth by signing petitions by the likes of Avaaz, Change.org, Causes.com
  • You are a powerful promoter of change. The message of Gandhi is be the change you want to see in the world. By doing these actions you heal the world!
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