The Quotosphere: It Always Matters…

This one’s on my fridge:

“Your life does matter. It always matters whether you reach out in friendship or lash out in anger. It always matters whether you live with compassion and awareness or whether you succumb to distractions and trivia. It always matters how you treat other people, how you treat animals, and how you treat yourself. It always matters what you do. It always matters what you say. And it always matters what you eat.

“When you choose to affirm the dignity inherent in life and to uphold the beauty, the magic, and the mystery of the living Earth, something happens. It happens whether or not anyone else recognizes your efforts, and it happens regardless of how wounded and flawed you are. What happens is you join the long lineage of human beings who have stood for and helped to bring about a future worthy of all the tears and prayers our species has known. Your life becomes a statement of human possibility. Your life becomes an instrument through which a healthier, more compassionate, and more sustainable future will come to be.”

~ John Robbins (from The Food Revolution)

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The Quotosphere: Humanity’s Cycle of Violence Toward Animals (& Other Humans)

babypigsThere have been a lot of stories in the news lately about cruelty to animals, from the 10-year old matador in Spain who killed 6 young bulls in one weekend, to the U.S. government’s poisoning of starlings and other birds to help out a cattle and poultry farmer in New Jersey. There have been more, but I’m depressed and saddened enough at just these two.

Stephanie Ernst, the Animal Rights blogger for Change.org picked up on the starlings story and did a post. One of the commenters shared a thoughtful, insightful quote about the cycle of violence that humans perpetrate on animals (and on other humans). I thought it was a terrific quote, so I wanted to share it here:

“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife – birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and dingoes – by the millions in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once a year sends out a card praying for ‘Peace on Earth.'”

~ from the preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm, by C. David Coats

~ Marsha

The Quotosphere: Tasty Quotes to Feed Your Brain

Quote books

Too many crazy interruptions means a short post tonight, but I’ve been wanting to do some posts with awesome quotes anyway, since I’m an enormous quotophile (I’m sure there’s an actual word for it.) I’m frequently collecting favorite quotes in a book.

I strongly believe in the power of words to touch, influence and empower others, and quotes do that in few words. Hope you enjoy these; I’d love for you to share your own favorites!

“Although turning off your lights and not brushing your teeth with the water on are indeed conservational techniques, reducing our individual imprint on the earth will take a more substantial effort.” ~ Sheanna James (Thanks VegNews, July/August 2008, p. 43)

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ~ Gandhi

“If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed. If you are thinking ten years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.” ~ Chinese proverb

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” ~ Penny Bright

“Beliefs are simply habitual thoughts that we have come to consider truth.” ~ Susyn Reeve

Photo courtesy of umjanedoan.