The Meaning of Life – Making Sense of Our Cosmic Insane Asylum

We need a new religion…

St. Peter - "Any animal which is slaughtered is defiled, and its meat defiles."

St. Peter – “Any animal which is slaughtered is defiled and its meat defiles.”

If souls are eternal, and I believe that’s so, God is all of us, every sentient life ever born to die on this planet, for all time. These unfathomable numbers of births and deaths must be endured by God to cleanse itself, to filter out the bad from the good and eventually to be pure bliss without the pain and misery of the disease called evil. As far as what “God” is, exactly, I don’t know…we’re all in the dark about that. As an infinitesimal part of said God while here as individuals, we’re all far too cut off to see the whole, out there, somewhere. Or everywhere. Where “there” is no place we can understand.

A huge part of the cleansing process would be to purify the marginal, as in good Germans or those who are conscious of the sources of their meat, and who only support necessary cruelty, or who remain ignorant and know not what they do. Those who enable evil but are basically good themselves, often amazingly good in other ways. The marginal must be made purely good somehow, to be welcome back to the self-perfecting “creator.” That would be what we think of as heaven. While pure evil, when it is at last firmly identified, is sent off to its own reward with only itself to prey upon. As in “reap what you sow.” The obvious goal is for goodness to be in real peace at last. Rest In Peace. God is to become pure goodness, pure love, joy, all things wonderful. But the process itself is terribly messy…hellish. Here we all are, in it.

The religion mankind instead teaches itself…

The angry, egotistical, vengeful, blood-lusting, cruel god of the bibles would be a manmade charlatan, in this way of looking at it all. A demiurge, as in the Gnostic Christian view. The demiurge is defined as a being subordinate to the Supreme Being (the pure goodness in all life and the universe). This “false god” is considered to be the controller of the material world and antagonistic to all that is purely spiritual. The purpose of that, I guess, would be to keep us all in the dark, to keep our trials a total mystery to us and make them as difficult as possible. For many of us to act as mindless faithfuls, believing and attempting to live according to bible texts which rational minds see as madness.

Another purpose for said false god would be to prevent this purging and purification of the true Supreme Being, because this false god is evil itself (as in “devil”) and doesn’t want to be banished. That makes what’s behind the sadistic, brutal teachings of those bibles a lot clearer, to me anyways.

Earth as Purgatory…

In my estimation, the real God’s purging process is what we are all part of here. As in purgatory, where souls are being tested and sorted out, and where others are atoning for their sins before going to heaven. Purgatory, a state of mental anguish or suffering. Where those born as humans, possessing moral knowledge and judgment, are tested to the fullest extent by our treatment of supposedly “inferior” others, whether animal or human, but most significantly, animals.

I believe our suffering as humans also goes into account as far as our eternal fates, which would only be fair. And I believe those humans who die before they can learn and prove themselves get more chances as humans. One thing would be certain: Nothing but proven goodness would be going back “home.”

Hindu Elephant God

Hindu Elephant God

All animals everywhere would be housing God/human souls atoning for their sins before going to heaven. As in the person who regretfully supported animal abuse and killing who must endure life as a totally innocent pig or cow in a meat farm to be made to understand and become pure before being welcome back home, where evil is no longer tolerated or suffered. Some humans would require many lifetimes here as others…anyone from squirrels to cows to creatures like fleas (parasitic people?) who can be justifiably killed for being a health hazard, or whoever…before being welcome back.

Our past life(lives) seem to be obliterated from our minds while we’re here, for reasons unknown, but perhaps because the influences of the past might keep us from further learning and thus prevent our being purified, requiring more physical lives to sort us out.

The non-human (innocent and unknowing animal) existence must teach the soul a lesson that cannot be learned when one possesses human moral knowledge and judgment. Since when the individual had that great opportunity, that knowledge, he/she failed, but not to a hopeless extent. These marginal, benign but evil-enabling souls wouldn’t learn as fully functioning humans, so they have to learn as “other” (whether animals or desperately disadvantaged people, likely victims of unjust violence and undeserved deaths). Those souls clearly deemed hopelessly evil would go straight from being human to being forever banished to exist with only their kind, i.e., hell.

The Buddhists are right or mostly so?

phra_ajan_jerapunyo-abbot_of_watkungtaphaoI used to believe this was a fruitless, even counterproductive process because the evil required to “punish” those now innocent animals would be never-ending. So reincarnation seemed sadistic and pointless to me. But being born as animal is not actually punishment, it’s purification. Their having good lives knowing the love and care of good people teaches them just as much as their being in pain and fear from birth to death at the hands of the sadistic and/or foolish. Either way, they learn empathy from the viewpoint of the most vulnerable. They understand why evil must be identified and cast out forever.

The choices involved for humans regarding animals and the resulting actions we take are vital to judging us and sorting us out. So it must be done. As random as it all seems…and is…there is a method to the madness. Nature’s violence and predation are of course involved in the process as much as anything else…those animals, too, are God/human souls being purified.

In this purgatory, the incentive to put an end to people’s exploitation/abuse/killing of animals is as strong as ever, since that also serves to put and end to the evil, not to perpetuate it. This is the very good reason why animal advocates are more and more compelled speak up, to “preach” to everyone, as hated as we are for it. Those who know better, do better, and otherwise hopeless souls get “saved” in the bargain. Best of all, this world becomes far more beautiful, less violent, less frightening…far less hellish. No one loses from that. And soon this place of predators and prey, kill to eat, survival of the fittest, food chains, etc. …this place full of chaos, bloodshed and anguish…ceases to be necessary any longer. Everything will be sorted out and everything will be in perfection, forevermore.

pig_lactationDo I think my being vegan makes me close to perfect, heaven bound?

I don’t know. I don’t claim to know how the decisions are made about who gets to go where and when, but I’m more and more trusting that the system makes perfect sense and that justice prevails in the end, that everything works out for the best, despite what a miserable hell this world is for so many innocent ones, as well as for those of us who empathize and suffer continually for the most persecuted and suffering of others.

I of course don’t know for certain where I’ll go after this life, but certainly hope it’s heaven (who wouldn’t?), or if I’m not pure & good enough yet, to a human life here again but in an enlightened, healthy, secure family that is already reliably vegan for ethical reasons, so that I can more effectively help to get this extensive and excruciating process to completion. Or maybe I need to live an animal existence to perfect my soul…and I would certainly hope to be a companion animal for someone like myself or better, and never victimized by evil. Another (selfish) reason to fight for animal rights and human kindness everywhere.

Most importantly, I believe the animals and other innocent victims of evil here are in bliss, safe forever at the end of their “processing.” Back home. But a far, far better home. A perfect home.

A personal memory and hard-learned lesson…

chasing_ghosts_at_cha%cc%82teau_de_vianden_3940080719My grandma’s spirit somehow communicated all of this to me in brief seconds the night after she died in our home, although I was typically slow in catching on, all caught up in teen angst and a custom brand of misery. She was my first close family death and it was beyond sad, it was life-changing. On that strange night and afterward, she spiritually got through to me that animals are far more important than people realized and that everything will be made perfect in the end. She came to me as I lay in bed (scared the living daylights out of me) to get this message through, probably because she was soon to be reborn as an animal to be purified. After that brief appearance as a ghost in late 1973 and then for awhile as a part of my mind, grandma was then not heard from again, even though I needed much more guidance.

Guide yourself, young doofus, it all seemed to say.

I first went vegetarian for awhile in the year following grandma’s ethereal message, but it didn’t last and I was still somewhat of a malignant asshole for many years, interspersed with being the opposite (and vegetarian off & on), as if to compensate. But that important seed was firmly planted, and here I am, a far better person than ever possible before that. So, I’m one of these many obsessed vegans and animal liberation blatherers of today. But it is vital. Thank you, grandma, for that salvation.

So in conclusion…

516396125_1280x720The real God is good. Goodness is its own reward. Evil requires retribution as in banishment. Reap what you sow. Have faith and be kind and fight for it. Live by the Golden Rule. Clichés, yes, but meaningful and true. Earn your way back to our newly perfect…Home. Best of all, to be with all of your loved ones once again…perfectly devoid of evil, suffering and death.

The Anti-Vegan Activist’s Favorite Tool – Gaslighting

crushed_thumbGaslighting is a psychological ploy used by sociopaths, narcissists and other toxic types to bully and control others by convincing them their ideas are senseless, their emotions invalid…in essence that the target is simply unacceptable as is and needs to conform to the dictates of the toxic bully in order to be accepted by the “superior.” Either that, or the target deserves silencing, confinement, elimination, etc., meaning to be securely “under the thumb” of the toxic bully to his/her benefit…or out of the bully’s way, as in locked up or dead.

Gaslighting’s purpose is to turn someone into a psychological puddle of jelly, to the benefit of those directing the game.

fool-140229_960_720We see those “vegans” who’ve submitted to the sociopaths in increasing numbers as of late, in the likes of tone-policing activists far more outraged at “unacceptable” behavior by other vegans (preachiness, being moralistic, whatever) than they are over animal suffering and slaughter. Actually, these “vegans” are most often not in the least bit concerned with people’s treatment of animals and are only “plant based” for health or other such acceptable reasons. They see their tolerant, “loving” selves as the plant-based darlings of society. While ethical vegans see them as the malicious pawns they are. They are the well-used enablers of anti-vegan gaslighters.

In “Gaslight,” the 1944 mystery-thriller film, a woman’s husband slowly manipulates her into believing she’s insane by playing tricks on her and terrorizing her in their home with lights dimming/brightening, mysterious gaslight_1944_trailer3footsteps and so forth. She’s constantly told these are only in her imagination, no one else sees/hears them. He also convinces her she’s a kleptomaniac by having valuables disappear with her as the only suspect. The aim is to have her flip out and be put into an asylum, or perhaps drive her to suicide. This is all for this sociopath’s great financial benefit in the end, he thinks. That’s all I’ll say here, to avoid spoiling the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it.

Now, how do anti-vegan activists (AVAs) use gaslighting techniques? Let us count the ways:

Vegan is depressed and angry regarding animal farms, slaughterhouses and all the rest of the deplorable subhuman mess and expresses him/herself about it obsessively, passionately…even, God forbid…judgmentally. (Would anyone accuse a child advocate of being “obsessive” or “judgmental” against child abusers? I think not. Isn’t speciesism just wonderful?) Well anyhow, in response to animal activists/vegans “acting up”…

AVA breaks branches, chest pounds, paws the earth, and hisses at heartbroken person:

  1. You are only depressed and angry because of your deficient diet, not because of anything we’re doing!
  2. You sicko…you anthropomorphize dumb animals, you think they feel pain and have needs like we do. Ha ha, you idiot!
  3. You’re a judgmental, self-righteous, sanctimonious, preachy POS, and everyone hates you!
  4. Your over-the-top love for animals is a sickness! It’s only because you don’t have the people skills it takes to have a proper social life.
  5.  You think a lion wouldn’t eat you because you’re an animal-rights wing nut?

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    Alex and his lion friend by Tambako the Jaguar on Flickr

  6. Only emotionally immature idiots oppose our using and killing animals!
  7. You favor animals over people, since people cannot survive without using/killing animals. You anti-human scum!
  8. No one else feels as you do, the rest of us are strong and mature and content with the natural order of things.
  9. No one cares about your vegan cult or what you have to say!
  10. You are a bully, crazily trying to force everyone to adopt your awful diet, therefore you’re a horrible person!
  11. If you don’t like our world as we’ve made it, why don’t you just kill yourself? Loser!loser_sign
  12. Nothing is wrong with society and our norms, it’s you fringe nuts that are deplorable, not us!
  13. No one but you few fringe nuts is vegan, and there have never been any vegans of any benefit to humanity or the planet, and there never will be.
  14. All of your protesting, whining and crap is for nothing…no one will ever listen to you. Your life’s “passion” is just so much wasted trash! Go away!
  15. How crazy are you anyways…will you go out to the African plains and tell lions they must be vegan?
  16. We understand nature and the food chain and proudly sit on top of it all, while you’re just a bleeding heart moron…why don’t you just die?
  17. Why can’t you be like these good vegans who accept and love everyone’s food choices and who are thus, cool? Not insane and hated like you!
  18. 99.9% of people are against you…that should tell you just how wrong you are! (This one despite the fact that it’s more like about 50% oppose us now and about 10% are with us as vegans or nearly so, up from less than 1% in the 1980s. But yet, according to the gaslighters, vegans are still less than 1% of people. Our denied growth explains why the backlash of late has become so much more common, loud and vicious.)

There are more varieties to be sure, but those are some of the more common I’ve seen out there on the web, where vicious cranks feel free to anonymously man-70442_960_720hiss and bellow out their toxicity, unfettered. Ah, the joyous pleasantries of being gaslighted by society’s henchmen and women, aren’t they lovely? Just one of the many fringe benefits of being “smug self-righteous privileged SJWs.”

Some anti-vegan thugs behave this way in person, in public, bolstered by their fellows’ behavior on the internet. I say, either put them down scathingly, cleverly and thoroughly, even if with a touch of humor and a pitying hug; or look at them quizzically and cringe/smile at their nutty rudeness; or get away from them and avoid them from there on out; or simply glaze over and ignore, meaning go “autistic” and construct a “wall” against them. The last three are what I’m best at. I’m not so good with mean, clever insult diatribes.

In the case of anti-veganism, gaslighting techniques are well used to bury inconvenient truths, and keep them buried. This serves to hold veganism back from spreading as widely and quickly as it should, since whether the vegan succumbs to it or not, “normal” people see something undesirable happening and want no part of it…not on the vegan’s side anyways. They’d rather covertly/silently side with the bully and simply continue to enjoy their burgers, steaks, cheese and such, while “pitying” (disliking or hating) vegans for being such oddballs and targets of abuse, not to mention the “terrible deprived diet that makes them crazy.” That’s normal folks’ human intelligence and compassion at work right there…impressive, isn’t it?

How do I suggest we deal with gaslighting?

Deal with it (or not) in any way you see fit after understanding what’s happening and operating from inner strength and a firm resolution not to be bullied by nasty people. It’s not for your benefit, after all, to rise above such attacks and “win”…it’s for the innocents, the animals. This is a war of words and ideas, and our winning in the end will get us the huge backing of the mainstream…to phase out and shut down the slaughterhouses and the rest of the vileness. So don’t let these malevolent people get the better of you. To start with, you don’t need to engage with them at all. Clever dismissals serve well to stop them in their tracks and free you from the miserable waste of time in “debating” with them for days on end. But sometimes engaging and winning is quite necessary and needs to be done well. The destructive misinformation AVAs spread should be challenged effectively and defeated whenever possible.

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Compassion is Not a Crime – Anita Krajnc, Toronto Pig Save

If AVAs do on occasion “win” by being relentless in the malicious, vulgar behavior, to compensate, do some more creative and constructive work to help the cause of veganism, i.e., be proactive instead of reactive. Get the message out to decent people rather than fight some more with the venomous. Be immune to the psychological games used by these people. Remember: It’s not for your own sake, it’s for the animals and the future growth of veganism, for the eventual end of this animal ag & slaughter-based, thus insane “civilization.”

YOU direct things, don’t allow yourself to be that pawn in the gaslighter’s sick power game. Such people have no right to even attempt to squash your good will and invalidate your passions, and they need to be seen as the malicious ruiners they so want to be. These narcissists and similar types are sick people behaving as domineering mouthpieces for a sick society. So take control of situations, don’t let them make you sick. And be proud, not ashamed of being considered crazy by such a society.

Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

And this, along with much else, is deeply, disturbingly, sick and evil human behavior: 

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Anthropomorphism and the Judas Goat

Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus’s twelve disciples, the one who saw him as a Rabbi or teacher rather than God or son of God. Judas became the symbol of human betrayal, meaning the knowledgeable, underhanded, sadistic undoing of (or harm to) another who’s been duped into trusting the betrayer and thinking of him as a true friend.

The whole Judas episode in the bible’s Jesus saga is fraught with contradiction and confusion, since, according to the bible, it beso_de_judaswas God’s plan all along to have Jesus brutally executed, with his death being an unspeakable agony, and slow, to somehow “save mankind from our sins,” apparently because the brutal, bloody animal sacrifices had obviously failed to exorcise the evil from humanity. So Judas’s actions were necessary, to save humanity from itself by sacrificing the ultimate victim? Yet Judas is portrayed as a hell-bound sinner and evil guy by conventional Christian wisdom, as far as I understand. So wrecked by guilt he was though, he’s said to have hanged himself to death not long after Jesus’s crucifixion.

So, long story short, we have Judas the Great Betrayer and his infamous Kiss of Doom and the 30 silver coins he received in payment for identifying Jesus to the arresting soldiers in Jerusalem who turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate’s soldiers for punishment, public humiliation and crucifixion.

It’s said in older bible texts that Jesus was being punished for his violent tirade at the temple where he drove the money changers and animal sellers out of the temple, a.k.a. the Cleansing of the Temple. From what I gather, Jesus (as a dispenser of wisdom not a god) is believed by the Gnostics to have had great compassion for animals and to have been outraged by their being bought/sold to be “sacrificed” in sadistic bloody rituals based in ignorant superstition. He was said to have caused strife among the people of Jerusalem in his love/concern for the animals.

Well, in any case, none of that sat well with those in charge, thus, Jesus was to be sadistically executed. No matter though, it was all done for us by our beloved/feared creator/God, to absolve us of our sins but only if we pledge allegiance to Jesus, say today’s conventional Christians, as they dine on animal suffering and condemn vegans as satanists or whatever. Well okay, I feel my mind turning to slush here so I’ll stop that…

In Marches the Evil Judas Goat

Mainstreamers like to say that vegans and animal advocates anthropomorphize animals, i.e. that we attribute human qualities to them or equate them with us, and that that’s why we like them so much. Well, I for one, as a polite misanthrope, would not insult animals by thinking that of them, so there’s point one of how incorrect mainstreamers are. I appreciate and respect animals for who they are, not for their being humanlike. Only humans are humanlike…unique among all animals in all the obvious ways, including being knowingly evil and clever in lying about it. I mean, just look at us and how we live. Come on.

Judas goats are specially trained goats who “befriend” and accompany sheep and cattle. These goats are used mainly to keep sheep and cows calm during impending horror leading up to slaughter, or in leading them onto transport trucks, into pens, etc.. Most infamously, they lead sheep to slaughter while the goat’s life is spared, for the time being anyways.

judasgoatImagine the evil in those goats’ black little hearts! Knowing full well the vicious killing that awaits those innocent sheep and lambs. Yet there they trot, heads held high, tails up and jaunty, leading their trusting friends to a hellish end! Never mind the fact that animals are totally innocent of our clever tactics and truly “know not what they do” in simply obeying their masters’ training and orders.

Animals are so unlike humans in their innocence and lack of knowledge of how their actions truly impact others. Yet people suddenly want to portray these “dumb beasts” as fully knowledgeable, humanly clever and capable of evil…totally comparable to people whenever it is convenient or needed to excuse vicious, subhuman behavior in humans.

And still again, people then turn around and claim to be divine and separate from animals in our compassion and intelligence, and use “animal!” as the lowest insult in describing a vicious sadistic criminal of our own kind. Will these human wonders never cease?

4651825567_cb7ace9910_bJudas goats aren’t used much any more; things are done on a much more massive scale now with a great deal of automation, “factory farming” style. But the Judas goats’ evil legacy as betrayers hounds them still, serving to provide people with a handy-dandy excuse to believe it’s okay for us to ruthlessly use/confine/slaughter animals as we see fit. After all, people believe, animals are evil betrayers too…just look at the Judas goat!

That “betrayer” is only one example, but a prime one, so I’ll not go on to cite more examples of such anthropomorphism by anti-animal advocates. Any possible readers are welcome to list their own examples in comments, and I’d enjoy reading them.

In Conclusion

It isn’t animal advocates or vegans who childishly attribute human characteristics to animals…we respect their individuality and their animalness. It is mainstreamers, meat eaters, and those who approve of animal exploitation and killing who anthropomorphize them, and to an extreme degree, when “needed.”

But that life-as-commodity mindset also includes other humans as commodities in that collective (if nicely hidden) heart of hearts. This is what allows all sorts of destructive behaviors and beliefs (and crimes) to continue to flourish in our “civilization.” We can see examples all around us every day. Just monitor the daily news either locally or around the world and get a truly sickening mind full of it, continually.

kid_petting_sheep_zoo_atlantaCount your blessings for getting through every day in this mad world where we’re all largely abandoned by whatever created it. Appreciate every positive aspect of your life. But grow to deserve those, and more, by respecting the lives of innocent others and stopping your own contribution to the terror and violence of this world. No longer be a betrayer. That can only lead to great improvements in the world if we all make that vow and stick to it.