Are you an animist?

Are you an animist?

  • Yes, speciesism is intolerable

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • No I am not, but I am still vegan

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • No I am not, and I'm not vegan either

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • This is interesting; I'll think about it

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


There are many different forms and definitions of 'animism', but what I'm really getting at is the new animism being explored and expounded by fellow brit Graham Harvey.

Animism is the attempt to live respectfully as members of the community of living persons (only some of whom are human).

This makes new animism a kind of anti-speciesism movement. Many vegans identify with this and therefore might be sympathetic towards new animism. I am curious, since not all vegans are anti-speciesist either and, on the other hand, you do not have to be a vegan to be an animist.

It's also worth me saying that many relate animism with pantheism - the belief that all forms of reality are connected modes of being (totality of all existence) - but the two are not co-dependent (I am an animist, but not a pantheist).

I would like to encourage a dialogue about animism. Here are some resources that might be of interest:

Graham Harvey interview on animism
Animism International.
Some books: 1, 2, 3.
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