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August 2015

This issue of the Spirit of Service bears out the truth of something I can't help thinking over and over: theosophists are awesome! The stories below leave no doubt that our members are putting theosophy into action, giving of themselves in very meaningful ways. Best of all, their giving comes straight from the heart. These are no shrinking violets . . . they see a need and dive right in.

Are Animals Our Neighbors?

This booklet reflects on the basic principle of the major religions and ethical systems, summarized in “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and “Do unto others . . . .” This principle is probably more often broken than observed. It happens systematically because most cultures are stratified, and train their members to close down their hearts and imaginations to beings “beneath” them, “inferior” humans and especially nonhuman animals. They assume animals are our resources or property, not our neighbors. [node:read-more:link]

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