=1 "We in all others"
We in all others
A vision which separates man, animals and plants from one another and from their planet is the vision of a cripple, or a schizophrenic. In the nature of our universe all these things are one. It is the maternal warmth of our sun which calls the plants out of the minerals of the earth, these plants which sacrifice themselves for animal life. And it is that animal life, the life of the whole earth, which carries on the crest of its wave man, the thinker, man the creator.
It is time for man to accept the responsibility of this great oneness: “We, the planet”. Not only should he think for the animals, like a fortunate son for his less fortunate brothers and sisters, but in a solemn and sacred sense he is that animal, that plant and this planet. Only by realizing this intimate oneness, this eternal unity, will he be really MAN. Only when he is able to say, wherever he looks, “This is my body, this is my blood” will he be really the son of man. As long as he considers himself as a separate being, as an animal among animals, he is not yet really man, because he has not shown that most marvellous of all faculties of man, the ability to reflect himself in all others and in that oneness which is the summit of human discovery.
For the last twenty years the psychology of man seems to have been marking time. No great insight, no new theory has been produced. It was animal psychology, the study of animal behaviour, that opened wide the doors, not only for the understanding of animals but also for the understanding of man. The observation of animals during the first months after birth will one day revolutionize our education, and the observation of monkey societies in the wild state will revolutionize our sociology.
Then the animal will have done it again; just as in the old fairy tales he is still our teacher, our instructor. We know now that animals can become neurotic as well as men, and we can study this universal malady more easily and more objectively in the animal. We have discovered through experiments with young monkeys that babies are not born with an aggressive character, that they acquire aggressiveness only by being deprived of their most urgent needs – maternal protection and maternal food. Finally we have learned that a child can never be loved too much, and that not to love him enough is a sure means of making him a-social. On the other hand, a too-possessive love which denies him normal contact with other children will make him impotent or frigid as an adult.
In reality, by observing man in fur, in feathers or in scales, man is discovering himself. He is rediscovering the old truth of the occult sciences that man is all the animals, from the amoeba to the primates.
- May all living beings
- look on me with the eye of a friend.
- May I look on all living beings
- with the eye of a friend.
– The Veda