Being Peace, Living Peacefully, extends to all and should not be speciesist. This is why society repeats behaviors that cause cruelty and harm. Definition of speciesism. 1 : prejudice or discrimination based on species especially : discrimination against animals. 2 : the assumption of human superiority on which speciesism is based.
Knowing where violence comes from can help eradicate it, just as knowing where zoonotic and degenerative diseases come from can inform us to make better food choices so as not to perpetuate, but eliminate cause. Occams Razor. The most simplest of answers is usually the best one.
At 66, I've spent decades reading and researching the origins of human violence. It's always struck me profoundly, that children start out loving, compassionate, color and religion blind, yet somehow the constructs of society are such, that sensitivity and empathy are gutted in many who become the ones who do harm.
I overcame horrible experiences with a baby sitter, a teacher, and later in life, on a search for heroin , a man who took advantage of a teenager who never was the same afterwards.
Not about poor me, but coming through addiction, sexual violence, only to begin learning the roots, and how shallow we still dig at those roots, which is why the behaviors repeat and never disappear.
Instead of giving what I know to be the antidote for the might makes right, ongoing predatory violence felt throughout, and bringing peace to our society, I'll list a few books that are must reads if society as a whole is to ever recover from the many acts of violence nurtured, taught, ignored, normalized.
*The Jim Mason Story speaks to normalized desensitization of children- https://www.all-creatures.org/sof/faith.html
*Dr. Melanie Joy Speaks on Carnism, https://carnism.org/
*Dr. Piers Beirne, Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Southern Maine https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/animal-emotions/201804/murdering-animals-book-about-social-and-species-justice
*Jeffery Moussaieff Masson "Beasts, What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil
*David Nibert Animal Oppression, Human Violence http://cup.columbia.edu/book/animal-oppression-and-human-violence/9780231151894
* Will Tuttle The World Peace Diet http://www.worldpeacediet.com/excerpts/
* Frank Ascione Children and Animals, Exploring the ROOTS of Kindness and Cruelty http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781612494104
Dr. Charles Patterson Eternal Treblinka, Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/156763.Eternal_Treblinka
This is the curriculum for learning how to be peace.
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”
― Albert Schweitzer
I am happy to discuss this further with anyone who is interested.