Animals do things to protect the survival of themselves, their group and their species, that is all. They areneither at peace, nor not at peace, do you understand? The word does not apply. Let me explain.I neither eat animals nor any products that have come from animals, which I do through choice. I eat nuts,fruit and vegetables etc. and I consider myself to be a “peaceful” man, in that I wouldn't hurt anyonedeliberately; but just imagine for a moment that there was a shortage of food, and there weren't enough vegetables to go round the group. What would I do, being a “peaceful” man? Would I sit there meditating whilstletting the rest of the group gorge themselves on the available food because I vowed never to hurt another?Imagine I'd asked them kindly to share the food with me, to show some compassion for a starving man, butthey just laughed and carried on eating. What would I do? Would I once again just sit down and wait for my death? I doubt it very much. We homo sapiens are part of the animal world, as it is part of us, and we are programmed to ensure wesurvive, and to survive we must eat. It is hat simple. So I get up and ask once again for some food. Once again Iam refused, so I pick up a rock and strike the man with it, and I keep hitting him, until he gives up his share of the food. I want to survive, so I will do “whatever it takes” to survive. I think we all have to remember that we allhave the potential to become violent when our biological needs are not being met.Imagine now that I am a non-meat eater and I am in a place where there are no vegetables, fruit, or nuts. It is winter and snow covers the ground. What do I eat? Do I go hungry and starve to death because I took a vow never to harm another animal, or do I try to kill anything that will provide fuel for me to stay alive, just as theowl did? What do you think? Are my ethics worth more than life itself?I know what I would do. I am an animal like the owl, and when I need to eat, I find something to eat, whether it be animal or vegetable. Some people may be horrified that I have said this. “You are going againsteverything you have said!” I hear them cry. But how do you think man became such a successful species? He isadaptable to all environments.I am currently writing in the north of sweden in the middle of winter. Heavy snow has covered the ground,and nothing is growing at the moment. I am fortunate that thanks to modern growing, storage and distributionmethods, I can have all the vegetables, fruit and nuts I want, as long as I have enough money.But try to think back several hundred years or several thousand years to when man first came to colonise thispart of the world. How did he survive up here successfully? By eating whatever was available. And in the winter,that was animals, like reindeer and elk. They ate the meat and protected themselves against the freezing temperatures with their skins. That is life giving life.If one of the groups had decided to become vegetarians, or vegans, how do you think they would havesurvived the winter? Once again there was no peace nor violence going on, just survival. Are you starting to see ?In the natural world, outside of our thinking, there is only survival of the species. It's not personal; there is nomalice aforethought; they are not greedy; nor filled with desire, or craving power. These are man-made – of themind. These are not things which trouble the animal kingdom. To them, peace is nothing. It is a conceptinvented by man to describe the human world. A world we think is very different to the animal world; and insome ways is so far removed from it that it is no wonder people questioned how we could have ever evolvedfrom apes, deciding that there had to be a better explanation, involving someone called “god.”
My mind is at war My mind is at peace
Instantly, division. Two states, both polar opposites. War. Peace. It can't be anything else, can it? It has to be oneor the other, you are either at war or at peace. But being in one state assumes that the other state exists, just notat this moment. As we saw in the animal world it seemed silly to try to describe the owl as “being at peace,” as itis not something that could apply to it. As far as we could see, the owl was in two different states. Eating and noteating. That does not apply to our modern society. There is far too much greed, desire, politics, power, control anddomination going on. In short, there is too much thinking going on!Peace is sometimes described as freedom from disputes, but those disputes are always going on in our minds. And it is into our minds we shall go now.
I realised some time ago that having a super large brain comes with several disadvantages, the first being that youhave to learn to understand it, and the second, learning how to control it!If we look at the amount of time the universe has been in existence, it is approximately fifteen to twenty billion years, but in universe time, that doesn't matter. What matters is that the brain of homo sapiens has only