Motivation/Inspiration: Yoda, “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to…”

Fear is the path to the dark sidefear leads to anger… anger leads to hate… hate leads to suffering.”

Who is Yoda?

Yoda is a fictitious character form the Star Wars films

Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force. Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years, playing integral roles in the Clone Wars, the instruction of Luke Skywalker, and unlocking the path to immortality.

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

“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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Animal rights: Arthur Schopenhauer, The assumption that animals are without rights…”

“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Who was Arthur Schopenhauer?

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation, which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will.

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Arthur Schopenhauer and animal rights

The Environment: Carl Sagen, “Anything else you’re interested in is not…”

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air or  drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”
Carl Sagen

Who was Carl Sagen?

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.

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Animal Rights: Percy Bysshe Shelly, “It is only by softening and…”

“It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust.”
Percy Bysshe Shelly

Who was Percy Bysshe Shelly
Born on August 4, 1792—the year of the Terror in France—Percy Bysshe Shelley (the “Bysshe” from his grandfather, a peer of the realm) was the son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley. As the elder son among one brother, John, and four sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, Margaret, and Hellen, Percy stood in line not only to inherit his grandfather’s considerable estate but also to sit in Parliament one day. In his position as oldest male child, young Percy was beloved and admired by his sisters, his parents, and even the servants in his early reign as young lord of Field Place, the family home near Horsham, Sussex.

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Shelly’s contribution to animal rights

History of Animal Rights: Shelly

Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the major English Romantic poets was a controversial personality, an unconventional thinker of the time in which he lived. His uncompromising idealism and unorthodox life made him a much maligned figure. Shelly championed such causes as free love, atheism and vegetarianism, all of which were totally radical ideas in his day. He was an advocate of social justice for the working classes and likewise
for the injustices which he saw perpetrated upon all living creatures. Shelly became a fighter for the rights of animals after personally witnessing many and varied mistreatments which occurred during the domestication and and slaughtering of animals. In the more modern era it was Shelly who was among the first to speak out in regard to our treatment of animals as a progressive political issue equivalent with our treatment of other human beings. He considered that the slaughter of animals for food was not only the root crime of the human race but also the cause of all our other immoral and criminal behaviours.

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Motivation/Inspiration: Fyodor Dostoevsky,” Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not …”

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Who was Fyodor Dostoevsky?
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and journalist.

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Human Rights: Rosa Parks,” Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to…”

Racism is still with us, but it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet and hopefully we shall overcome.

Rosa Parks

Who was Rosa Parks ?
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

Take Action to End Racism

Every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and disrespectful attitudes.

Let’s build a world beyond racism and discrimination, where we all exercise our human rights.

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Animal Rights: Charles Darwin, “We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties,…”

“We have seen that the senses and intuitions, the various emotions and faculties, such as love, memory, attention and curiosity, imitation, reason, etc., of which man boasts, may be found in an incipient, or even sometimes in a well-developed condition, in the lower animals.”

Charles Darwin

Who was Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin, in full Charles Robert Darwin, (born February 12, 1809, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England—died April 19, 1882, Downe, Kent), English naturalist whose scientific theory of evolution by natural selection became the foundation of modern evolutionary studies.
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Read about Charles Darwin’s influence on animal rights.
Animal Rights: A History, Charles Darwin
Although Darwin was never an animal rights advocate his theory of evolution has profound implications for the way in which we consider our relationship to non human animals and the way we treat them.

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Human Rights: Albert Einstein, “Nothing will end war unless…”

“Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war”
Albert Einstein

Who was Albert Einstein? >

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics.

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More informationA letter from Albert Einstein to Sigmund Freud

Why war? a slightly abridged version of a letter written by Albert Einstein to Sigmund Freud.