Ann Vole wrote:
I have two problems with the Peggy Mason (From 'New Age Companion') quote and the thinking behind it. First is the concept of "less evolved" creatures. It is actually humans who are "less evolved." For animals with the ability to thrive without the benefits of intelligence, language, society, and opposable thumbs, they have other advantages in their body design and instincts. I see animals as just humans in non-human bodies. Our task as a species as far as evolution is concerned is simply to thrive... and we have done that well. If you want to add care-taker, you have to accept such a task from a "higher being" such as God of the Bible telling Adam and Noah to care for the planet (which they did in a meat-eater fashion). The other thing that bugs me about this quote is the heavy use of Biblical references with an anti-Biblical stance. This is a baited hook trying to catch the unwary and draw them into some Marxist ideals.
Dear Ann, you couldn't be more wrong!
All beings are ascending the spheres of light, and all beings are at different levels in the spheres of light.
An angel is more advanced than a man, a man is more advanced than a mouse, but angel, man or mouse, it's the same spirit of God within each of them. All life is one.
The Bible is a great book and there is much wisdom therein, but the Bible is the work of man and it has suffered considerable spurious interpolation and corruption...
In any case, if you read it, you'll see that in the so-called First Blessing God commanded man ...Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat' (Meat in ancient terminology meant food in general)
VEGAN! and the people lived to fantastic ages.
Jovinian tells us that meat-eating was unknown amonst the Israelites till the so-called Second Blessing when , due to their hardness of heart, Moses reluctantly permitted them to eat flesh (in the wake of the cataclysmic flood, there was a shortage of plant food). Though even then it was only permitted under a curse, albeit a self-inflicted one 'the blood of your lives shall I require'. Even then again, the partaking of animal fat and blood were forbidden. The lifespan collapsed to less than a tenth of what it had been. Hardly a meat-eater's charter!
Adam and Noah were vegans.