reflects on circumstances blocking or supporting
the ethical treatment of animals.
|Historically there is a strong relationship between religion, animals and food. Man observed a certain respect and modesty towards animals as a source of food. Up to 30 years ago, it was general practice to give thanks (to God or to the animal that served as food) before a meal.||In nature, animals
live free. Many people find spiritual experiences
in nature. There must be something in nature
that evokes these experiences.
It is striking that very few people searching for spirituality take into account the fate of animals. The animals living in isolation in the stables of factory farms are ignored. We think this is unjust.
|Direct contact between man and farm animals has diminished over time, while meat consumption and the lack of freedom for animals has increased. People are increasingly finding themselves ways of becoming freer. We call this progress.||Acquiring freedom may seem like progress. This is not always the case. Often a new dependency grows beneath the surface of the guise of freedom.|
|As a consequence of self-realization and inner liberation, people are inclined to act in a way that advances the well being of man and animal. We would like to support that people voluntarily have consideration for animals, and no longer buy meat from industrial farming. This will bring closer the political turning point at which industrial farming may be abolished.|
What keeps us from inner liberation and mental growth?
We "grow" when we are stimulated
and ingest the right nutrients. Just as
with plants, overfertilization leads to
a loss of vitality and an increased sensitivity
to stress. Inner liberation is worth the
trouble, but following your own path is
not sufficient guarantee for happiness.
We can experience moments of pure happiness,
but in the end we have to do it ourselves,
often by omitting something.
What all these circumstances have in common is that it appears as if people are inwardly free. Freedom of one person has become the loss of freedom of another.
Some forms of freedom have deteriorated into a form of addiction. Happiness is generated artificially.
Freedom is about setting
limits to yourself and others. Out of
a false sense of freedom people ignore or
approach each other aggressively.
Inner liberation means a balanced life,
in which (un)pleasant feelings have their
own place. Setting limitations to ourselves
and to others, and being limited by others,
is not always easy. Besides, we are constantly
getting the message to expand our boundaries
and to consume more.
Inner freedom means that people develop their consciousness. This means that they:
The important thing is to get a balance in the dance of opposed forces. Timing and alternation of opposed forces identify inner growth. Undergoing and making use of opposed forces, and subsequently exceeding them - or being liberated from them - is a pragmatic paradox.
Inner liberation and other core statements
In the case of animal rights, we plead
for using the same basic assumptions as
were emphasized during the French Revolution: freedom, equality
and brotherhood. The first two statements
are extensively treated on this site and
in law and constitution in general. In brotherhood
we see the equivalent of "love and
compassion". By inherently freeing
others and ourselves we are creating conditions
for the exchange of love and compassion
in a healthy way. Here, freedom is both
a means and a goal.
only develop himself (self-actualization)
when he feels safe and when he can be himself.
Only when these conditions are met, real
freedom, love and equality can be given
to others, man as well as animal.
Self restraint and respect integrated with involvement and self-realization
On the basis of these concepts we will
try to make clear that it is good for people
not to overstep their own and other people's
boundaries in their contact with others,
be it people or animals. Restraint that
is based on inability to make contact is
not desirable and is not the definition
of freedom we envision.
Only when people know when to restrain
themselves there is room for respecting
others. Respect then means something like
"keeping a certain distance and making
sure that I do not limit others in their
freedom" and "knowing when not
to touch something or to omit something".
It is essential that self-restraint is a
Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist, placed the conditions for self-realization in a pyramid:
Normally, parents, as well as school,
set the conditions for teenagers to develop
and fulfill their social needs. Adults try
to find recognition and appreciation in
Only when the basic needs are fulfilled, people can start to fulfill their higher needs.
Inner respect and awareness
Inner freedom and awareness are elements of a processs whereby man no longer wishes to coincide with his own reason and feelings. In other words, he possesses thoughts, feelings and emotions, but he no longer identifies with these sentiments by disconnecting his ego from them. Man becomes, as it were, an actual observer of the processes within himself. In this way he creates space and quietude in himself. The human creator is also conscious of his connection to others and all other forms of life in the Universe. In this way he creates a unity and thus behaves respectfully, he respects the integrity of all living creatures.
Eckhart Tolle: “The animals are at a level prior to thinking. They haven’t lost themselves in thought. We rise above thinking and then we meet them again, where we’re both in no-thought. There’s a deep connection.”
What use is the inner liberation of people to animals?
Having compassion for animals means that people allow themselves to feel emotions when they try to imagine the fate of animals. It is better not to be crushed by pity, but someone who suppresses his pity is blocking personal growth. We think it is important that people try to prevent bringing and keeping animals into a position of dependency as much as possible; that people become less indifferent about the fate of animals and that they actively try to become aware of how the fate of animals can be improved. Preferably by eating less meat and certainly no meat from industrial farming. We think it is a positive trend that people do not want - to lock up - pets because they don't want to commit themselves to caring for them.
From a social point of view we are in favor
of a progressive detachment of economic
benefits from using animals for food, laboratory
testing and other needs.