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We are in the midst of a monumental transformation in human civilization, akin to a metamorphosis. Just as in Nature where the caterpillar gorges itself before forcibly undergoing a metamorphosis in the chrysalis, we over-consuming humans are reaching a point of being forcibly transformed within the cocoon of our finite planet into compassionate, life-affirming butterflies. Vegan life-affirming butterflies.
Carbon Yoga weaves a narrative through the events of the past to show that such a vegan metamorphosis is inexorable and that this system change will occur within the next decade, both from a scientific perspective and from a religious and spiritual perspective. The narrative proposes an evolutionary purpose for humanity and for Western civilization. During the Caterpillar phase, humans unintentionally built all the tools and technologies needed to regulate the Earth’s climate and organize an equitable global human society. But as a consequence, the Earth is marinating in ever accumulating toxic pollution even as ecosystems are degraded and the climate is changing. Now, we have no choice but to treat all Life as sacred in order to preserve that on which we depend for our own survival. Such a revolutionary change in human outlook has the added benefit of inducing spiritual awakening, resolving social justice issues, elevating our connection with all Life and improving human health and well being. It is only such a quest for “moral singularity” that will heal the Earth, regenerate Life and lead us to true global sustainability.
Using the metaphor of metamorphosis, Carbon Dharma calls for our occupation of the Earth as Butterflies, to undo the damage done by the human species in its present Caterpillar stage of existence. It diagnoses the reasons for our Caterpillar stage of existence as the misinterpretation of the fundamental principles that underlie our democracy and our industrial civilization.
The book is intended for the youth of this world who are facing some of the gravest challenges ever faced by any generation of human beings. It is also intended for all those who love the youth of this world, for the youth cannot solve these challenges on their own while their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts continue to pile on more grave challenges for them to solve.
This is the story of the “Meatocracy” and our global campaign to evolve beyond it. The “Meatocracy” comprising Big Meat, Big Pharma, Big Chem and Big Media is the weakest link in the “Corporatocracy” that is destroying the planet, torturing the animals and ruining our health, because it is entirely dependent on our willingness to play along.
Any major transformation in human history begins with recognizing that something we have been doing all along, that we have considered as normal, is actually immoral. Our current ecological and social circumstances call for such a major transformation. This book makes the case that speciesism – the assertion of superiority of a single species, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, the “wise, wise” Hominid, over the millions of other species on planet Earth – and discrimination, exploitation and oppression of animals and other species on the basis of that false assertion is immoral. It contains a variety of scholarly contributions from religious, spiritual, environmental and social perspectives that speciesism and its most common manifestation, animal agriculture, need to be buried in the trash heap of history, along with colonialism, racism, ableism, patriarchy, casteism and other such discredited false supremacist ideologies. The time to do it is NOW.
Many of us are already Vegan in our hearts. The birthing of a post pandemic Vegan World will likely be viewed as the “greatest transformation in human history,” even though it is just a return home to who we really are.