Monday, August 5, 2013
Effaism has its own form of "enlightenment" called the Animal Compassion Mind-frame. The ACM is a realization of how we should and should not interact with the rest of the animal world. Those who have connected to their ACM exhibit a deep empathy and compassion for all animals, and realize that the life of all sentient beings should be respected. They realize the importance of helping other sentient beings and will go out of their way to do this. They realize that abusing animals, using them for our food, clothes, and entertainment, and abandoning pets, are all ultimately unacceptable. Although the focus of the ACM is narrow, we believe that any definition of a greater enlightenment that does not include the above realizations is an incomplete one.
Those who have connected to their ACM are the living proof that one can indeed live an ethical life; proof that one can change and progress to the level of treating other animals fairly. Much like Buddhists, who believe that everyone has the capacity to become enlightened, we believe that everyone has the capacity to connect to their Animal Compassion Mind-frame. We believe that anyone who has attained this deep-seated empathy for other animals should not ignore this state of mind or take it lightly. The inherent positivity of the ACM is a beautiful thing, one that is important to share, as long as this is done respectfully and wisely.