The sword comes into the world because of justice delayed, because of justice perverted, and because of those who render wrong decisions.
-Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Sages) 5:11
I am doing an MA in Sustainable Enterprise and Human Security. Human Security is seen by many as the new paradigm of security putting human freedom from want and fear above national/military centred security. It connects to human flourishing looking at elements and patterns of need or violence across geographical boundaries and examining the interrelated roles of personal, community, political, environmental, financial, energy and other security.
I am focusing part of my study on the role of Jewish Businesses in Just Peace-Building and Environmental Protection. I believe this links to our duties of 'Hatzalah' and 'Anavah' and links to the holistic meaning of 'kosher' as 'ritual worthy' or 'life-giving'. It links to many philosophies, creeds and international agreements, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights which spun hope in the post war world and whose introduction calls for implementation by all 'within their sphere of influence'. The arm of Business is far reaching and potentially vital, potentially deadly. I am interested in your perspectives. In literature or enterprises or groups you could direct me towards. I will leave you with some words I find both focusing and inspirational. Read, ignore, debate, agree, whatever :)
God said: "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit, to you it shall be for food."
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creep upon the earth, wherein there is a living soul, every green herb for food.
When you see the ass of your enemy lying under its burden and would refrain from raising it, you must nevertheless raise it with him.
I will grant you the rain of your land in its due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your new grain, and your wine, and your oil.
If along the road you chance upon a bird's nest, in any tree or on the ground, with fledglings or eggs, do not take the mother together with her young. Let the mother go, and take only the young, in order that you may fare well and have a long life.
You shall not muzzle an ox when it is threshing.
God's tender mercies are over all of His creatures.
It shall come to pass in that day that mountains shall drip sweet wine and the hills shall flow with milk.
The earth shall respond to the corn, the wine, and the oil.
I shall return my people from captivity, and they shall build up the waste cities and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine from them, and they shall make gardens and eat the fruit from them, and I shall plant them upon their land.
Build yourselves houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat the fruit of them.
And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
With a little boy to lead them
And the cow and the bear shall feed;
The young shall lie down together,
And the lion, like the ox, shall eat straw
The righteous man regards the life of his animal / The Righteous man knows the soul of his animal
For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts;
even one thing befalls them;
as the one dies, so dies the other;
yea, they all have one breath;
so that man has no preeminence above a beast;
for all is vanity.
All go to one place; all are of the dust.
Who knows the spirit of men whether it goes upward;
and the spirit of the beast whether it goes
downward to the earth?
While our teacher Moses was tending the sheep of Jethro in the wilderness a lamb ran away from him. He ran after her until she reached Hasuah. Upon reaching Hasuah she came upon a pool of water [whereupon] the lamb stopped to drink. When Moses reached her he said, "I did not know that you were running because [you were] thirsty. You must be tired." He placed her on his shoulder and began to walk. The Holy One, blessed be He, said, "You are compassionate in leading flocks belonging to mortals; I swear you will similarly shepherd my flock, Israel.
-Exodus Rabbah 2:2
Only a scholar of Torah may eat meat, but one who is ignorant of Torah is forbidden to eat meat.
-Talmud, Pesachim 49b
The Torah teaches a lesson in moral conduct, that man shall not eat meat unless he has a special craving for it...and shall eat it only occasionally and sparingly.
-Talmud Chulin 84a.
Jews are compassionate children of compassionate ancestors, and one who is not compassionate cannot truly be a descendant of our father Abraham.
-Talmud, Beitzah 32b
Those who have the capacity to eliminate a wrong and do not do so bear the responsibility for its consequences.
-Talmud, Shabbat 54b
One who destroys a single life is considered to have destroyed an entire world, and one who saves a single life is considered to have saved an entire world.
-Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:5
Many, many thanks for your thoughts, whatever they are,