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  • 07-04-2019 12:18am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭


    “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...” Tolstoy.


    "The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses".
    Malcolm X.


    Irish writer, George Bernard Shaw who said that “[w]hile we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?” Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature.


    "For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other, and they all have but one spirit, so that there is no superiority of the man over the beast; for all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 3:19)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭davidjtaylor


    “The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren’t lesser beings, they’re just like us. So I say fúck the Buddhists.” - Bjork

    (Whether or not she understood buddhism is beside the point.)


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Alice Walker: "Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    Jane Goodall on Chimpanzees

    "From the beginning of her time in Africa, she saw strikingly human-like behaviours.

    She also discovered they ate meat: they were not vegetarians as had been assumed. And to get it they were using tools. She saw chimpanzees fishing for termites with twigs.

    This in itself was a ground-breaking finding. Until then, tool-use had been considered a uniquely human ability"


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Albert Schweitzer: "We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    "What do they know all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world - about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."
    Issac Bashevis Singer.

    A bit of tough quote to post as it is very evocative but Issac himself was a Jew and a Noble prize for literature winner. He also said "..Man prays for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to others..."


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    "Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. They live with greater peace than people do"

    Gregory Maguire, 


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    William Ralph Inge: "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,796 ✭✭✭Xcellor


    “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Gandhi


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,086 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tar.Aldarion


    “All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt?" - Buddha


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Alice Walker: "The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,996 ✭✭✭✭gozunda


    "We are kindred all of us, killer and victim, predator and prey, me and the sly coyote, the soaring buzzard, the elegant gopher snake, and trembling cottontail, the foul worms that feed on our entrails; all of them, all of us. Long live diversity, long live the earth!"

    Edward Abbey


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Anita Madhessia: "Animals do have a voice, if you ignore their suffering I will remind you of it. If you don't understand them I will translate. If you don't hear them I will be their voice. You may silence them, but you cannot silence me as long as I live."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    Worztron wrote: »
    Anita Madhessia: "Animals do have a voice, if you ignore their suffering I will remind you of it. If you don't understand them I will translate. If you don't hear them I will be their voice. You may silence them, but you cannot silence me as long as I live."

    And apparently long after she has passed. Go Anita!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 60,086 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tar.Aldarion


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  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭davidjtaylor


    “Although we are only one species among many on earth, we’ve set up a reich totally dominating the other animals, even enslaving them.” Ronnie Lee


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”

    -Charles Darwin


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    "But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. The large house in which we live demands that we transform this world-wide neighborhood into a world – wide brotherhood. Together we must learn to live as brothers or together we will be forced to perish as fools.

    We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge the gulf between our scientific progress and our moral progress. One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually."

    - Martin Luther King Jr.



    "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help, at least don't hurt them."

    - Dalai Llama


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


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    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    “We have to speak up on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.” “Were we incapable of empathy – of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own – then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere."
    -Peter Singer


  • Registered Users Posts: 755 ✭✭✭davidjtaylor


    "Do no harm".

    - my adaptation of the Hippocratic oath.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    What you understand most about yourself are the arbitrary presuppositions that you use to hem yourself in.
    You act as if those presuppositions are true so that the revelation of the full nature of your character won't terrify you.

    - Jordan Peterson.


    Don't let automatic response drive your behaviour.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


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    Love this!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Gary Yourofsky: "The problem is that humans have victimized animals to such a degree that they are not even considered victims. They are not even considered at all. They are nothing. They don't count; they don't matter; they're commodities like TV sets and cell phones. We have actually turned animals into inanimate objects - sandwiches and shoes."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    “As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields.”

    Tolstoy


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,674 ✭✭✭Worztron


    Bob Ross: "If we're going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them."

    Mitch Hedberg: "Rice is great if you're really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something."



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 2,980 ✭✭✭s1ippy


    Oh earth, what changes hast thou seen. There where the long street roars hath been the stillness of the central sea. The hills are shadows that flow from form to form, and nothing stands; like clouds that shape themselves and go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    s1ippy wrote: »
    Oh earth, what changes hast thou seen. There where the long street roars hath been the stillness of the central sea. The hills are shadows that flow from form to form, and nothing stands; like clouds that shape themselves and go.

    Change ebbs and flows but we can allow ideas to persist.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
    -Bishop Desmond Tutu


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,497 ✭✭✭auspicious


    We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface hidden tension that is already alive
    -Martin Luther King Jr.


    Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else.
    -Malcolm X


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