You mentioned you believe that humans are more important than animals and then later said “We can’t function in this world without our animal co-inhabitants”. I would take that a step further and say, we couldn’t function without Mother Earth and all its co-inhabitants; plant, animal and otherwise. In that sense, all of Creation is equal and co-dependent; we are one. This is a universal message in all religions. When all the world finally grasps its oneness, its brotherhood; honors and respects all life as being sacred and equal, compassion will rule the day. I believe this is the message Jesus was bringing…
I interpret Jesus’s message to be one of unconditional love (love without judgment). ” Jesus famously said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged”. It seems we are still missing the mark.
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I say “WE”, because the other message I got from Jesus’s teachings is “we are one”. There are no private thoughts; every action starts with thought and every thought effects the whole. If you want peace, be peaceful, if you want love, be loving, if you what abundance, give abundantly – if you want hate, be hateful, if you want fear, be fearful, if you want war, wage war, etc. Whatever you want to change, be that.
We can find solutions if we can stop the judgment and open our mind to new ideas. The definition of insanity, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein. War is insane. It has never solved one single conflict.
Does that mean we don’t protect ourselves from harm? NO! We have a duty to protect life. It just means, we do it without judgment. It means we realize that everyone has a right to their believes which may be different than our own. That each has a journey and it might be different from my journey. It means to stop confusing fact with opinion. We really cannot know what anything is for from our limited human perspective. At the root of all conflict is the need to be right at all cost.
What we as humans perceive as right and wrong is always changing. You can look at history to know this is indeed FACT! The only thing we can count on in this world is CHANGE. What doesn’t change is TRUTH. Jesus taught Truth; unconditional love and oneness. Seems so simple to end war, end hunger, end crime, end everything that does not resemble love. It is simple, start being the change with every thought. Ask yourself, “Is this thought extending love or promoting hate?” If it doesn’t agree with “love”, then change it. Be the observer and master of your thoughts rather than being a slave to them.
Instead of creating a war on crime, drugs, terrorism, etc. how about we create a war on hate – Acting out of love and compassion as if ALL LIFE MATTERED. Now that’s what I call a new idea!