S4 E4: Raising the Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Sarah shares her thoughts on “Raising the Peaceable Kingdom” by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Raising the Peaceable Kingdom: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Social Origins of Tolerance and Friendship Hardcover by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Raising the Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a book that explores the relationship between humans and animals. Through a combination of personal anecdotes, scientific research, and philosophical musings, Masson examines the power of empathy and compassion, and how these qualities can help us create a more peaceful world. He argues that animals are not mere objects, but conscious, feeling beings that deserve our respect and compassion. Masson delves into the fascinating and often overlooked connection between humans and animals, and how we can use this connection to create a more peaceful and harmonious relationship between the two. By exploring the power of empathy and compassion, Masson encourages readers to think deeply about the importance of caring for animals and the environment.

It is only once we have made the decision to live with an animal on some sort of equal ground that we are likely to learn what that animal is capable of from a more complex point of view….Perhaps these animals will have something to teach us, too.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Raising a Peaceable Kingdom

Raising The Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson The Book Dialogue

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Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

11 thoughts on “S4 E4: Raising the Peaceable Kingdom by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

  1. Hi both, a most interesting sounding book. It reminds me a little of the fictional Dr Dolittle children’s books series by Hugh Lofting. I loved those books and Gregory read them too. I am a big supporter of humanity taking their role as curator of the earth seriously.

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  2. Great discussion, Sarah and Rebecca! Sounds like a fascinating book by a fascinating author. So intriguing the way he set up that animal household to test out nature vs. nurture and more. Yes, animals are sentient beings with a deep, wide range of emotions and deserve the very best.

    PS: Love the sound effects in the beginning and end of the podcast. 🙂

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    1. When Sarah brought up Raising The Peaceable Kingdom, I thought of Misty. By just being himself, he gives so much to us all. He lets us tag along on his adventures and bestows his philosophy on mere mortals. Sarah and I wanted to have input from our fellow creatures and Don did his magic!!!

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  3. I wasn’t expecting animal noises! Huh, what, am I listening to “The Book Dialogue”? Your conversation about Masson’s research was fascinating!! I’ve always believed that babies aren’t born hating other people. They’re taught to hate. The fact that his research study with animals was successful is life-affirming and heartening.

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    1. Thank you, Liz, for listening in to this conversation. I laughed when Don suggested that we add some foley to add to the discussion. I cannot imagine chickens in my living room listening to music, but why not?!!! LOL. This was indeed a life-affirming message.

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      1. My thoughts exactly, Liz, which is a sentiment that Sarah shared. I don’t think that they were house trained when they were first introduced to the home, although they were very young at the time. I can only imagine the chaos at the beginning.

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