QUOTABLES

“Perhaps the Animal Spirit is so great

that one day it may inspire compassion in the human heart.”

~Nan Sea Love

~~~

“Killing animals for sport,

for pleasure,

for adventures,

and for hides and furs

is a phenomenon

which is at once

disgusting and distressing.

There is no justification

in indulging in

such acts of brutality.”

~ His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

5 comments on “QUOTABLES

  1. SoundEagle understands Dalai Lama, but wonders whether his assertion can always be absolute or categorical. Certainly, it would be extremely hard for some traditional peoples such as the Inuit and the Eskimo to agree with His Holiness when their very survival and existence in their harsh surroundings depends on the hunting and killing of certain animals.

    • True. There are very few absolutes and categoricals. For instance . . . if I were starving to death, and there were no fruits, nuts, grains or vegetables to eat and a chicken walked by, my will to survive would likely take over and . . . well . . . you know the probable, unspeakable result. It is the same with Intuit and Eskimo, they live in equality with the animal spirit. They respect and honor the way of the animal spirit. They eat to survive, just like the animal spirit does. They do not kill for fun, for kicks or for ego. They do not waste. They do not leave excessive footprints upon the mother earth. I think the Dahli would consider these circumstances an exception to “the rule” (even though there is no rule). 🙂

      It is a thought experiment, to say the least.

      • Thank you, Ms Gerean Pflug, for such a well-rounded, well-reasoned (and seasoned) reply, which has the command of a commendable thinker cum teacher. 🙂

        You have inspired SoundEagle, so much so that within a week or two (or (much) longer if something should intervene), SoundEagle is going to publish an extended post that is long on animals and short on humans.

  2. We are all connected for a reason. . . to teach each other lessons and to make a difference in the lives of other living beings. Thank you for hearing and listening. I will look forward to the potential of more posts from your blog address that relate to our brothers and sisters; The Animal Spirits.

    Many Blessings!

    ~Gerean

    • Thank you very much for your insights and blessings, Gerean!

      Choosing good, unproblematic quotes is always a challenge, as SoundEagle has experienced over the years. This experience is summarised at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/quotes/. In addition, some of the comments that certain bloggers left there are quite revealing and demonstrative of the range of responses and their value systems.

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