The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong in the world. (Dr Paul Farmer)
Advertising, the internet, social media, and online games (mostly ‘shoot ’em up’ games based purely on the total number of kills before progressing to the next level) are all contributing factors to this desensitisation.
As babies and infants we are raised to love animals.
Many of our favourite cartoon characters are animals and most nursery rhymes and stories are based around animals as the leading characters.
As a result, babies and infants do not naturally harbour any feelings of violence or hatred towards animals, but here’s where there’s a social programming disconnect.
The animals we cherish and love on the TV & cinema screen, and in children’s books, are the very same animals on our dinner plate.
They’re the very same cuddly animals – but cut into little pieces, all nicely packaged, and displayed on the supermarket shelves as food.
As a consequence to create a planet of peace, children and the general populace need re-programming – a ‘system reboot’ back to our congenital ‘factory default settings’ by adopting the vegan ethos of non-violence which should then cultivate any dormant emotions of compassion, love and peace – just like adding water to a dormant seed will help it to grow and flourish.
Unless we teach our children peace, somebody else will teach them violence. (Colman McCarthy)
To help parents and teachers, the Alliance for Childhood has devised ’10 Steps for Peace Education’ (adapted to align with our vegan ethos) which every parent and school on the planet should adopt.
It is easy to teach children about war. It is much more challenging to teach them how to create peace.
These first steps on a path to peace require only small deeds, but will leave profound impressions.