Monday, November 14, 2011

The pleasures of the Earth.

They are there to be shared by each and every single one of the children of the Earth.

Molly, Judy and Midnite enjoy the sunshine...
Sunbathing is often a pleasurable experience, especially when the air is crisp or chilly. The three folks above were spotted when I arrived at Heartland Rabbit Rescue one cool morning. The wind was coming out of the north but they had found a perfect spot protected from the wind to catch a few rays. We human animals often forget that we don't own the planet, all of the children of the Earth have the same rights to the pleasures of living here as we do. But we forget this quite a lot.

Nessie Rae and Bobby Ray
Bob seeks the sun regularly (except during this last summer) and anywhere there is a comfortable place to rest with some sunbeams you might find you can see him and his sorta friend Nessie lounging together with Bob having the added bonus of getting some warmth from the sun.

Sun bathing, enjoying the rain, the snow, the smell of fresh air...all these things we human animals tend to minimize yet they constitute serious sources of pleasure and enjoyment...and most of the animals that aren't human ones know that very well. Sometimes even we human animals remember.

Gracie Rae semi-sunning herself.
Gracie is less prone to seek the sun, my speculation is that her dark fur makes heat absorption from the sun so efficient that it quickly becomes uncomfortable for her...hence mostly she only 'semi' suns herself.

Sun-bathing, fresh air, etc...all pleasures that are birthrights belonging to each of the children of the Earth. Yet somehow, for various "reasons"...we human animals have decided that we have a right to control those 'available for all' pleasures. Either by polluting and destroying the Earth and her air and waters or exploiting her children by imprisoning and torturing and killing them.

When I look at it straight on I start to sputter...what in hell are we doing? Who do we think we are? What kind of insane trajectory are we on? What's the matter with us? We must be crazy!

In truth, it would be maybe hopeful if we were crazy or deluded or uncomprehending...then maybe we could change before it is too late for everyone. But if this is just us, if most of us are just this way and will remain this way...then there is no hope, there is no bright and enduring future available, there is only increasing degradation and destruction and misery and death.

The truth is, if you aren't living as an ethical vegan, you are paying other human animals to imprison your fellow animals, to murder their babies and to murder keep them from the 'available to all' pleasures of the Earth. Or maybe you're committing those horrors yourself, directly...I don't know.

I do know, however, that whatever bloated, swollen, distorted and malevolent sense of self-importance has led us to believe we have a right to control the Earth and all her children...I do know that this sickness (or evilness) must stop. It must end, soon, and completely.

Your chance to show that your character isn't one allied with misery and death as well as affirming your recovery from some of the common destructive delusions associated with being a human animal is to go vegan.


Anonymous said...

Just sitting in the sun or walking outside is at the top of my list of joys.... except that every time I get to do those things, I think of all the animals denied those basic, simple, sublime joys. It's incredible how bad it's gotten.

Christina said...

No creature should ever be denied the sunlight on their back.

veganelder said...

Thank you DEM for commenting. Bad to infinity for those imprisoned by us...awful.

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Christina.

Nope, they shouldn't, that pleasure belongs to all of us but...animals by the billions are denied that simple birthright by us humans just for profit and a taste. Astonishing and awful.

Annie said...

Excellent perspective on the issue. It is very hard for me to understand how one can love, nurture and care for animals in their own homes (cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, etc.) - often going to extremes to see that that animal is cared for - and then sit down to a piece of cooked meat for dinner. Why the disconnect??

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Annie. I dunno.

Why? Maybe, if we think of Emerson, maybe we all know a lot of people that are not small-minded and therefore have no problems with being inconsistent. Maybe all of us have a tendency to warp things in our own direction if we see some benefit for us in doing so. Whatever it is, it infuriates and dismays me and facilitates incredible suffering and too much death.

Andrea said...

Oh, I love the pictures!!! I just want to throw myself down next to Judy and share some of the beautiful sunshine.

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Andrea. I'm sure they would have been ecstatic to have had you there....later they would have hit you up for carrots. :-)

Bea Elliott said...

I love these wonderful photos! They've triggered the song now reeling in my head: Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver. Fittingly peaceful.
May all beings have their fair share...

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Bea. It was quite a sight to start the morning...peaceful indeed.