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When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

A forest bird never wants a cage.

Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.

That includes not cutting down the rain forest, and stop polluting the ocean because once we kill the coral reefs and the rain forest, this earth is toast.

In a society that tries to standardize thinking, individuality is not highly prized.

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.

Never give up. Never surrender.


Native American Wisdom

native-americanThe people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation, and begin to see liberation as something that needs to be extended to the whole of the natural world. What is needed is the liberation of all things that support life–the air, the water, the trees — all the things which support the sacred web of life.

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

Music: Crowded House – Weather With You


Quotes

respect for life“Civilization is another word for respect for life….”

“The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.”

“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.”

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”

“A reduction of meat consumption by only 10% would result in about 12 million more tons of grain for human consumption. This additional grain could feed all of the humans across the world who starve to death each year – about 60 million people!”


Quotes

“WORLD WITHOUT SCHOOL, WORLD WITHOUT HOPE.” – educationenvoy.org

“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – Dalai Lama –

“Basically we could not have peace, or an atmosphere in which peace could grow, unless we recognized the rights of individual human beings . . . their importance, their dignity . . . and agreed that was the basic thing that had to be accepted throughout the world.” – Federico Mayor –

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” – Frederick Douglass –


Creativity quotes

vintageConditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self. ~ Erich Fromm Creative ideas reside in people’s minds but are trapped by fear or rejection. Create a judgment-free environment and you’ll unleash a torrent of creativity. ~ Alex Osborne Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. ~ Charles Mingus An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. ~ Edwin Land

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. ~ Dee Hock Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. ~ Earl Nightingale The most potent muse of all is our own inner child. ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. — Orson Welles Listen: 1920s jazz – dixieland – new orleans jazz band – charleston


Quotes

we arebusyAnimals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. – PETA

The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. ~ Chief Seattle

The fact of the matter is that today, stuff-selling mega-corporations have a huge influence on our daily lives. And because of the competitive nature of our global economy, these corporations are generally only concerned with one thing — the bottom line. That is, maximising profit, regardless of the social or environmental costs. ~ Dr. David Suzuki

This is a planet of incredible diversity of life-forms; it is not a planet of one species as many of us believe. ~ Captain Paul Watson