Archive for September, 2012

Tragic Kingdom: The Initiation

Posted in Culture, Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by shatteredbutterfly

I’ll start off this monster of a post with this quote:

“The remainder is an unjustifiable, egotistical, power struggle at the expense the American Dream of innocent creatures, and ultimately harmony”

Some of you who listen to System Of a Down recognize this quote, but I twisted it to suit the theme of this post.

For the past 2 years or so, I have struggled with a choice. I have finally let go of whatever has been holding me back on my journey towards empathy and compassion. This choice is one of not consuming and hurting the creatures of the Animal Kingdom.

So what’s taken so long? Am I weak? Am I just a hypocrite who likes to draw dear all the time, yet has no trouble eating deer steak? (yes and yes) (but not anymore)

I think it has something to do with the dissociation in my own life, because I have to constantly remind myself of the choices I want to make and why. I’m surrounded by a toxic environment. Some don’t believe animals have a soul. I’ve seen less soul in some people’s eyes to be honest. But whether or not you believe they do, their life is not ours to take.

The status que is carnism, and vegetarianism does create backlash in most people. I also find it makes people think of you in a different way, that because your choice is to be different, they are some how “better than you” or “too good for meat.” and “where do you get your protein?” haha, that’s a big question a lot of people ask. And in men, “you’re not a REAL man if you eat meat” and “You must be WEAK”

When to the contrary, it is a fact that the strongest creatures in the Animal Kingdom are Herbivores!

Elephant
Hippopotamus
Moose
American Bison
Gorilla
Cassowary
Rhinoceros
Wild Boar
Cape Buffalo
Gelada Baboon

Where do they get their protein?  *laughs*
 
A podcast that inspired this post and the next 5 points, was Mark Passio’s series on Vegetarianism

6 Justifications for Carnism

1) Apathy/Ignorance

“I don’t care
“it’s just an animal

I’ve recently become more aware about what I put in & on my body. If you’re the type of person who looks at the back of their shampoo before they buy it to see if there’s no nasty chemicals like parabens, then how much do you think about the food that’s going into your body?

With a lot more documentaries like Food Inc. and Earthlings becoming increasingly popular, it’s hard to escape not knowing the conditions of where your food came from. But a lot of us don’t ask, so we never know.

2) “Natural Order”

Darwinian concept of survival of the fittest. Other animals kill for food, and we’re animals, so why can’t we kill for food as well? After all, we’re just animals. Seeing oneself as unchangable.

3) False Religion

God gave us dominion over the animals, or how it’s interpreted, so we can murder them as we please. Seeing yourself above animals, better than them, animals being put on this earth the submit to the will of humans.

Bizarro

4) 1984 Doublespeak: Humanely killing.

Killing is never humane. Whether or not that beef came from a grass fed cow and lived on a farm makes no difference in the end result. This was something I had to come to terms with.
“At least that pig had a better life on that farm that in the factory” Yes and no. That pig will still be slaughtered and die.

There is no such thing as humane killling

5) Separation worldview

The thinking that animals are not conscience in the same way that we are, so it’s okay to kill and use them for food,  experiments, or entertainment.

Not looking at suffering, as one being suffering, ALL beings suffer. Their suffering is meaningless, denying the connectedness of all beings. We should want to eliviate suffering for all beings.

Bizarro

6) The Truth

“Well I feel bad, but I could never give up MY meat, too tasty, too good, too addicted, no willpower to change
(Sadly, this is the most common one I come across in everyday life, combined with a couple others but this one is the most recognizable.)

Number 6 is a justification: Creating a right. Making a wrong into a right.

Law of correspondance: that which is above is like to that which is below. Universe is self similar across all scales. If we continue to create Chaos, chaos will be continually generated for us.

When we eat meat, we are committing violence by proxy. Maybe you didn’t kill the animal yourself, but someone did along the line.

Man’s Duty Towards Nature:

Then there is the far more important unselfish side of the question—that of man’s duty towards nature. Every religion has taught that man should put himself always on the side of the will of God in the world, on the side of good as against evil, of evolution as against retrogression. The man who ranges himself on the side of evolution realises the wickedness of destroying life: for he knows that, just as he is here in this physical body in order that he may learn the lessons of this plane, so is the animal occupying his body for the same reason, that through it he may gain experience at his lower stage. He knows that the life behind the animal is the Divine Life, that all life in the world is Divine; the animals therefore are truly our brothers, even though they may be younger brothers, and we can have no sort of right to take their lives for the gratification of our perverted tastes—no right to cause them untold agony and suffering merely to satisfy our degraded and detestable lusts.

On responsibility:

“He does not think; he goes on from day to day, and does not realise that he is taking part all the time in an awful crime. But facts are facts, and there is no escape from them; every one who is partaking of this abomination is helping to make this appalling thing a possibility, and undoubtedly shares the responsibility for it.”

I ask, who signed the consent forms to let these terrible things to be acted upon? Out of 1 or all of the 6 reasons above, it looks like the culprit is us. The realization is this: that the betterment of one life, is beneficial to the whole.

“The Greatness of a Nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Gandhi

Rosie’s Tea Party – Mark Ryden

The Butcher Bunny – Mark Ryden

The pictures above and the Felix the Cat video are going to segue into Part 2, which will focus on the cognitive dissonance between what kids are told to love, and what they’re told to eat.

 
Quotes: Vegetarianism and Occultism – C. W. Leadbeater
Podcast: Mark Passio, Oracle Broadcasting
Documentaries: Food Inc. and Earthlings
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