Impeachment of Man, 5

by Savitri Devi   Excerpted from Chapter 5: Lights in the Night All over the world, men in general ceased offering sacrifices as their fathers had, but accustomed themselves to the existence of slaughterhouses as to that of a so-called “necessity.” The fact is that even the most illustrious cultures of the world—including those supposed…

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Impeachment of Man, 4

by Savitri Devi   Excerpted from Chapter IV: Action precedes theory A man who has always felt an insurmountable, physical disgust for animal slaughter, and to whom the very sight of meat is nauseating, is hardly likely to force himself to become a flesh eater just because the books he was taught to consider as…

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Impeachment of Man, 3

by Savitri Devi   Excerpted from Chapter III: Joyous Wisdom Western Free Thought, in all its different forms, has, as we pointed out, retained Christian ethics while doing away with Christian metaphysics. It is not other-worldly at all, but it has never preached or even conceived a love more comprehensive than that of humanity. And…

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Impeachment of Man, 2

  Excerpted from Chapter II: Pessimistic Pantheism Unlike the previous entry in which I quote magnificent passages from the book of Savitri Devi, here I will not quote passages from the second chapter, “Pessimistic Pantheism.” I just want to say that in this chapter my disagreements begin with Devi, whose real name was Maximiani Portas…

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Impeachment of Man, 1

by Savitri Devi   Excerpted from Chapter I: Man-centered creeds Of all moral ideas, that of our positive duties towards creatures of other species (animals, and even plants) is perhaps the slowest to impress itself upon the human mind. It seems as though it were alien to the spirit no less than to the letter…

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Impeachment of Man

  Preface excerpts This book—only now printed for the first time—was written in 1945-46, i.e., fourteen years ago. It expresses the views which I have had all my life concerning animals in particular and living nature in general, and my no less life-long protest against their ruthless exploitation by man: an attitude rooted, in both…

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