with the liberation of black people from their
slavery and, passing through human colour
and gender, has now arrived at the animal
to be liberated. Emancipation is a process
by which we ought to transform our human,
illusive feeling of superiority into an attitude
of equivalence in respect of animals.
The idea behind dialectics in the way we deal with it in this article, is that history, mankind, nature, evolution etc. are being pushed along by two (codependent, but not necessarily opposite) "forces". These forces can be seen as values. We label them yin and yang, but also as "thesis" and "antithesis". Compare a thesis to a position and an antithesis to an opposition, and look for a composition that fulfils both positions and you described the upward process.
In this article we intend to place together a number of philosophical and spiritual concepts in one frame, and defend that whoever is involved in "higher causes" should also implicate animals.
This article was written in a compendious style.
A thesis and an antithesis (not joined together) form a conflict or a duality. If opposite strenghts or powers are not exceeded, the conflict remains and they represent a stagnation. From a unity-standpoint (the soul) we can however solve this conflict. This joining together of the thesis and the antithesis for the sake of development, leads to a linear progression, a transformation, a push along, called synthesis. The originally opposite powers have now been mobilized by the synthesis.
if it were a third power, the two fundamental
strenghts have become integrated (brought
together in harmony and balance) on a qualitatively
higher level. This level is the goal,
the synergy, the result, the destination.
Here below we shall place together in a scheme
a number of catchwords, to represent the building-stones
of the picture we want to evoke. By placing
the catchwords together as thesis, as antithesis
and as synthesis, a mosaic of aspects is created
that belong to purposeful thinking and analyzing.
Just as in real mosaic work, not all the stones
are the same: one stone being a bit bigger
than an other one, not everything fits in
precisely. The concepts, notions, powers,
statements, aspects, catchwords, (anti-)theses
all are little building-stones. Hopefully
the mosaic will create a worthwhile picture
of purposeful processes that we want to support
on this website, and the insight will tell
more than a thousand words. Anyone who would
like to have more explanation about the meaning
of the concepts, is being advised to Erich
Fromm "The Sane Society" as
well as our article on living with a clear conscience.
The separation makes
anxious, makes one feel guilty. Doing
nothing does not help, only makes things worse,
makes life meaningless. Such impasses force
man to go all the way through the opposites,
until he has learned and integrated everything
it takes to become 'perfect' (intact) again.
On that golden, middle road towards higher
consciousness he has to make choices, stop
doubts, avoid discord, overcome dilemmas and
exceed blocking paradoxes. By living in this
way, love and freedom can become reality.
The scheme illustrates the applied expressions and explains their mutual cohesion, so that together they can create the image we want to outline. Joined by the other concepts in the columns they represent cyclical mutually influencing aspects of spirituality and oneness, the higher cause that is being strived for in many development processes (flows). "Go with the flow".
In his book Storm before the silence Neale Donald Walsh speaks of Trinity. All things are one thing and everything in that one thing is divided into three parts. We seem to live a life of dualities in a dyad, but in fact it is a triad. The unity of everything is divided into three expressions.
The (anti-)theses summed up
in the first two columns are a-moral, meaning
neutral strenghts. Ethics apply to the synthesis:
you have (earned) responsibility,
but not until you have taken (accept)
your responsibility, you are (have
become) a responsibly living creature. Some
syntheses consequently generate a new thesis
of a higher order.
Those who make it operational ("mention"),
do not know
For these notions it is more fruitful to define the opposite (by fastening down in rules the negative), in that way indirectly granting a view on the positive. For example: it is prohibited to lock people up against their will (kidnap). Also due to this prohibition, human freedom of movement is guaranteed.
It should be left up to man
and animal in what way they arrange the positive
form for themselves. It is man's birth right
to experience the three concepts "freedom",
and "quality" in harmony within
himself, but the same should be part of animal
rights as well.
It is up to mankind to care for leaving
intact the scarce
space that remains available for animals
on earth, in ways that animals can experience
these notions (pleasantly) in their own
In the schedule here below, we once again show that part of the concepts from the former scheme that relate to the self and the other. It goes for all concepts that they relate to people and in ever increasing proportion to animals as well. Finally we relate everything to emancipation.
Many of the mentioned concepts
are types of sensations. Emotions are functional
to man and animal. Combined with knowledge
we call the human perception "awareness",
leading to an extended consciousness. The
principle and target remain the same: emotions
supply the information that an individual
needs "to live on". That is a basic
condition for living. Life is cyclical, but
when it "progresses" it does so
in a upward way or spiral.
It is only a small number of factors that determine the quality of existence for man and animal. As stated here above: a healthy body and a healthy, sane society (statical qualities) render an individual its freedom to flower without being deranged by nasty feelings (dynamical quality).
With a little extra effort: self-discipline (practise), detachment and love, happiness and quality of existence are within anyone's range. But a person who is not 'intact' can do little or nothing for others.
Truth, wisdom and love yield good feelings
and a clear
conscience. Listen to your feelings
and respect your feelings. Your feelings
show the way, be it positive or negative.
With the assumption that suffering too is a fundamental part of life, but that
being focussed on equality (unity) in combination with
freedom and solidarity leads to right(eousness),
we returned at emancipation.
By sharing authority and space and by showing a mild attitude (respect, self-discipline, detachment) tenderly focussed on emancipation (freedom), creative energy is liberated and by accepting and fulfilling (realizing) our alliance and unity with all living creatures, our civilization reaches higher ground. And that sure feels better.