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Intersubjective Stages of Transformation
Egocentric/Selfish
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Sentientist


Parent node: Empathy


Sibling nodes: Intersubjectivity | Vegetarianism and Veganism


Sentientism

Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
Delude the one who sees its unity?
-- Isha Upanishad

Sri Ramana patting Lakshmi
Ramana Maharshi and Lakshmi. Like Wikipedia link St Francis of Assisi and Ramalinga, Ramana was an exemplary and saintly realised being, who did not discriminate between human and non-human sentient beings. Few understand the true import of his life and teachings, preferring to concentrate on the surface words, fewer still have the egolessness to live such a life, but to me he exemplifies the sentient ethic and ideal in practice. Yet while complete Enlightenment is a very difficult goal, the ideal of compassion and empathy for all sentient beings, and living a Vegetarian or Vegan lifestyle that does not require the slaughter of innocent beings for one's gross palate, is something that anyone can do.


Sentientism is the philosophy that all sentient beings - all beings that feel and can suffer - have intrinsic moral value and rights. Therefore, we are obliged to treat all sentient beings with kindness and compassion, regardless of their external form or level of intelligence

I affirm that no ethical system can be valid if it does not acknowledge equally all sentient beings. I have felt this for a long time, but now I feel it much more strongly than ever, especially having known Bonnie, a domestic hen. As Mahatma Gandhi, the great exponent of Ahimsa, said:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

and

"I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man."

These pages, perhaps the most confronting of any of my website, are dedicated to this subject.

A few important Sentientists


Marc Bekoff - empathic scientist of animal behaviour (ethology)
Mahatma Gandhi
Ovid
Swami Ramalingam
Ramana Maharshi, the great Sage who treated all beings equally
Richard D. Ryder
Isaac Bashevis Singer - Eternal Treblinka

Sentientist Topics


Ahimsa - non-harmfulness
Birds and other Animals in Zohar, St. Francis, etc
Integral Morality - my essay on sentient rights and animal liberation in the context of a larger integral philosophy
Jainism
Moral Spheres
Refuting objections to Sentientism and Vegetarianism
Sentientist consciousness
Types of Nourishment - The Moral Sequence
Vegetarian - Vegan - Fruitarian

A few sentientist links

A few further essays

PDF document - external link Speaking Vegetarian: Toward Nonspeciesist Language - Paper presented at the World Vegetarian Congress 8-14 November 2004, George Jacobs, - on how our language reinforces speciest stereottypes, and euggestions for changinga nd remedying this

 external link From Speciesism to Equality - Joan Dunayer - important essay on the distinction between old speciesism, new speciesism (favours rights only for those nonhumans that are most human-like, but not on other sentient beings, I am totally opposed to this attitude, exept as a provisional stage for those to whom full speciesism is too confronting), and nonspeciesism (what I would call sentientism).



Veganarchism
image from external link Protect A Cow, an ISKON (Hare Krishna) blog. url
Veganarchism poster, original url, from Facebook page Veganarchism (facebook)



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