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Holy Cow: I am proud to be an ANIMAL

Published November 28, 2015 by Jeannette Louise Smith

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything in regard to animal rights. Reading David Duchovny’s book, Holy Cow, reminded me why I stopped writing: I lost faith in the human animal. Without revealing the gory details, suffice it to say: I am committed to avoiding the Evil Tongue, speaking disparagingly about others and causing hatred.

I could tell you the plot of David Duchovny’s book, Holy Cow, remark about the use of humor and pop culture references in his action packed adventure, but these are just the creative trimmings decorating the most important and compelling aspects of the book.

Ultimately, Duchovny challenges the choices of the human animal, what we have allowed ourselves to become, our resistance to changing our perspective and habits, and our incessant speciesistic outlook and practices – vegans included.

I know humans consider it a grave insult to be called an animal. Well, I would never give a human the fine distinction of being called an animal, because an animal may kill to live but an animal never lives to kill. Humans have to earn the right to be called animals again.”

The most significant and poignant bottom line is – and I will continue to reiterate this until my last breath:

We can only achieve harmony between the human animal and non-human animals, if we achieve harmony amongst, ourselves, our own animal species.

If a cow, turkey, and pig can co-exist, work together to accomplish personal and collective goals (Why a cow, pig, and turkey? Read the book!), the ever-looming question remains: Why can’t the human animal co-exist, collaborate, and achieve the peace we all desire?

The human animal is able to and can cooperate. For whatever reason, which is beyond the psychological scope of this introspection, humans choose not to. Vegans included.

Living a vegan lifestyle extends way beyond our compassion for non-human animals and includes equality, unity, tolerance, understanding, and compassion for ALL of our fellow human animals.

You think I’m crazy? Read the book. Watch the news. Read a newspaper. Deeply study and consider how you treat your own species.

Holy Cow! Self-righteousness leads nowhere – only to dissension and contention.

This is my religion – we’re all animals, perfect animals created in the infinite image and imagination of nature. It’s a life not without pain and competition and suffering, but it can be a life of dignity and mutual respect.”

That goes without saying. That applies to everything and everyone, vegan and non-vegan. As a collective community, all of our vegan and non-vegan efforts and achievements matter.

Now is the time for you and me to “rejoin the animal kingdom and once again be proud to be called animals.”

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The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation

Published May 22, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Dear Friend,

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!

Love, Jeannie

Author Note: These cumulative ideas are explored in-depth in my Animal Advocacy column on Examiner.com.