Eugen Drewermann (born 1940) is an inspired man, psychoanalyst and Catholic priest. He was suspended from this last mentioned function on grounds of his theological opinions. From both professions he considers the relationship between man and animal. He once said there are three things that he "hates": war, money and the way in which we tend to go about with animals. On the basis of his experience with people, he states that fear brings man to violence and aggression, both actually as well as economically, also against animals.
Fear blockades ethical acting
Christian dogmatics have uplifted man to the centre
of the universe and the purpose of the evolution. Therefore
everything, also the animal, is inferior to and for
the benefit of man and ethics in respect of animals
have not come to development. But: when you do not act
ethical when animals are concerned, can you yet
do so in respect of people?
Our conception of God has changed, what next?
Modern secular man no longer has
a God that he can derive his right to exist from. At
most he can acknowledge that there exists a universal
awareness or eternal energy, that he rests upon. But
once he has this experience he knows it is good that
he exists in the way he does, and that he needs not
to prove himself all the time. Subsequently he can quiet
down and will put an end to his strive for power, for
superiority, for economic growth: that cancerous tumour
that must grow all the time at the cost of the organism
that hosts it. Then he no longer suffers from himself
and can have an eye for the weaklings, amongst which