“Wisdom From Antiquity to Present”
Animal Advocate Inc’s newest video features more than 20 of the most powerful animal rights quotes from history’s most enlightened leaders.
This uplifting and empowering 6-minute video is played to Pachelbel’s Canon, and is a testimony to the essential truth that human happiness is inextricably tied to our treatment of animals.
For thousands of years many of the world’s greatest minds and spiritual leaders have supported and adopted ethical vegetarian and vegan principles. “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat,” stated Leonardo da Vinci, whose art, engineering, mathematics and discoveries helped usher in the Renaissance. “The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
Applying their genius to mathematics, science, technology, the arts, literature, astronomy, philosophy and spirituality—we have simultaneously ignored the underlying morality which these, our most enlightened scholars/mentors/figures, have taught us and lived by.
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other,” concluded Pythagoras (570-500 BCE), whose theorems laid foundations for modern architecture, design, construction, navigation, cartography, astronomy and mathematics. “Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
What Pythagoras articulated is the law of cause and effect—that human happiness is inexorably tied to the happiness of others. His unequivocal teaching inspired the likes of Plato, Plutarch, Plotinus, the Gnostics and the early followers of the Christian church to feel compassion for all life, both human and non-human.
More than two thousand years later, Albert Einstein illuminated the dire consequences of eating animals, saying, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
To expound Einstein’s point, seven billion people now populate Earth, with more than one billion hungry and 768 million without potable water; meanwhile, hundreds of billions of large animals are hydrated and fed before slaughter every year, made as obese as possible because they are sold by the pound. As Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer phrased it: “Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
There are many more inspiring and important words of wisdom from “antiquity to the present.” We hope you will find this new movie impactful, and share it’s message freely with others.