We are sick of war, we don’t want to fight, And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead!
~ George Bernard Shaw (1856~1950)
We are the living graves of murdered beasts,
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts,
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights.
We pray on Sundays that we may have light,
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread.
We’re sick of war, we do not want to fight –
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread,
And yet – we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat,
Regardless of the suffering and the pain
we cause by doing so, if thus we treat
defenceless animals for sport or gain,
how can we hope in this world to attain,
the PEACE we say we are so anxious for.
We pray for it o’er hecatombs of slain,
to God, while outraging the moral law,
thus cruelty begets its offspring — WAR.
Shaw became a strict vegetarian in 1881 for the remainder of his life. He was vehemently opposed to vivisection, and all cruel sports.
“Human beings are the only animals of which
I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
Posted on May 30, 2012, in VZ Blog and tagged George Bernard Shaw, Humanitarian, Living Graves, Spirit of The Age, Vegan for LIFE, Vegan Mind, Vegan Poetry, Vegan Soul, Vegan Wisdom, WAR. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.