I’m not a philosopher, so – Thank you, in advance, for your patience and letting me share an overview my thoughts:
The discussion of animal rights, animal liberation, or more appropriately total liberation, must begin somewhere and shared with the masses. Theory, discussion, and then action are essential to solving the cumulative world problems.
In absolute agreement with the total rejection of anthropocentrism and speciesism, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation completely favors and fosters a combined biocentric and ecocentric view that includes more than inherent value. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation encompasses the physical and mental kindness, compassion, love, respect, and appreciation, and connectivity of all living things including the non-animal parts of nature.
The human animal is part of the Universal Ecology and plays multiple roles as the source of destruction, skeptic, idler, and source of improvement-reparation-positive creation. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows for the individuality of nature and therefore the individuality of the human animal to make the best possible decisions for and live life in harmony with oneself, all of humanity, and the earth.
Nature is not narrow, rigid, and stagnant. The Laws of Nature are diverse, flowing, evolving. There is both predictability and spontaneity. There is no one way of nature. Like the path of nature, no one way of living is completely right or absolutely wrong, all parts are equal.
The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation does not combat and battle existing evils. Instead, it flourishes from a sense of organic goodness toward direct action without (as much as possible) causing further harm. Please note: While the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation rejects violence; it is not pacifist, it is non-violent direct action.
Therefore, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows the nature of the human animal to establish a personal way of living that moves the collective community toward total harmony and is reflective of the mellifluous and diverse quality of nature.
Taking into account real-life circumstances, self-expression, co-expression, and individuality, is the only way to achieve liberation for all. We are not obligated to accept other ways of living – we are obligated to understand the many ways of life in order to find better, smarter ways to change what is incongruent with nature (including man) as a whole.
We do not want to create more separation, more opposition, more problems. It is our responsibility to guide, not control, the creation of an all-inclusive, universal way of living.
Therefore, It is critical to remember to live in your own expression and no one else’s. As individuals, we are unique. Our distinctiveness, not our similarities, is what makes us effective. We can accomplish much as individuals and as sub-collectives of the larger, united collective.
You are knowledgeable to learn and understand all of the issues. You are aware of how to inspire and spark change. You are courageous to change the world. You are smart to recognize, without being told, that life and therefore nature is inextricably connected. Be yourself, think for yourself, act for yourself and the world around you.
In the end, what matters most is your vision, then action.
That pretty much sums it up for me – time to go save the world!
Author Note: These cumulative ideas are explored in-depth in my Animal Advocacy column on Examiner.com.