Animal Rights: Albert Schweitzer, “True philosophy must start from the most…”

“True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness, and this may be formulated as follows: ‘I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live.”
Albert Schweitzer

Who was Albert Schweitzer?

Albert Schweitzer (January 14, 1875-September 4, 1965) was born into an Alsatian family which for generations had been devoted to religion, music, and education. His father and maternal grandfather were ministers; both of his grandfathers were talented organists; many of his relatives were persons of scholarly attainments.

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Animal Rights: A History, Albert Schweithzer

“Albert Schweitzer developed a philosophy which he called a “Reverence for Life”, for which he received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize; he considered this philosophy his greatest contribution to mankind. He thought that Western civilisations were decaying as a result of the abandonment of its ethical foundation, namely the affirmation of and respect for life. Reverence for life was an essential part of Schweitzer’s personal Philosophy which he hoped would be made known throughout the world by means of his books and talks and through his own example.”

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Human Rights: CS Lewis,”Humility is not thinking less of yourself…”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
CS Lewis

Who was CS Lewis?

Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.
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The Environment: Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every particular in nature, a leaf, a …”

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the   whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who was Ralph Waldo Emerson?

Ralph Waldo Emerson, who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

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Human Rights: Ouida, “Intensely selfish people are …”

“Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.”
Ouida, Wanda, Countess von Szalras.

Who was Ouida?

Ouida was the pseudonym of the English novelist Maria Louise Ramé. During her career, Ouida wrote more than 40 novels, as well as short stories, children’s books and essays. Moderately successful, she lived a life of luxury, entertaining many of the literary figures of the day.

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The Environment: Stephen Hawking, “We are in danger of destroying…”

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”
Stephen Hawking

Who was Stephen Hawking?

Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death.

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Human Rights: A. Philip Randolph, “A community is democratic only when…”

“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.”

A. Philip Randolph

Who was A. Philip Randolph?

Asa Philip Randolph was an American labor unionist, civil rights activist, and socialist politician. In 1925, he organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African-American labor union. 

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The Environment: Leo Tolstoy:”One of the first conditions of happiness…”

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.
Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

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Animal Rights: Socrates, “Don’t talk of love and peace when…”

“Don’t talk of peace and love when you have a dead animal on your plate”.

Who was Socrates?

Socrates was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

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