If you write a blog and would like to contribute to the February issue of Animist Blog Carnival, on the theme of Animist Ethics, all you have to do is write a post on the subject and send me the link , using the contact form below (or at the bottom of my home page), by Tuesday 28th January, please.
You may, of course, want to focus on Shinto/Taoist/Pagan/Druid/Heathen/Quaker/Christian etc. ethics, in relation to developing ideas about animism.
Growing awareness of ecological crisis and of the sentience of other animals has meant that our circle of ethical consideration has been widening. Only since the Enlightenment have ‘we’ in the West included all other humans as ethical subjects. Now some of us, at least, are beginning to consider other-than-human animals, and plants, as persons entitled to certain rights.
Like most contributors to ABC, I suspect, I found Graham Harvey’s Animism invaluable. Yet reading his concluding comments about personhood and relationship I felt a twinge of unease. When so many other human people are still being treated appallingly is it helpful to extend the concept of personhood into other-than-human worlds where predation is the norm? Although hunter gatherers may be able to reconcile killing other animals for food with respectful relationship, is their experience relevant to the problem of endemic violence within industrialised patriarchal and capitalist cultures? How do changing attitudes towards more-than-human worlds relate to our attitudes towards other (human) people? At the moment I have many more questions than answers, which is why I’m looking forward to reading your take on some of these issues.
Wishing you a peaceful and creative 2014.