March 21, 2012
How Much Violence Do We Need to Stay Healthy?
Society looks down on those who openly love violence, labeling them as bullies, thugs, or even serial killers, but let’s be honest with ourselves: 9 out of 10 of us believe that we need a daily dose of violence just to stay alive.
Whether it’s killing a cow, a chicken, a goat, a pig,
or a human, violence is crucial to our everyday functioning, or at least we’re pretty sure it is. I mean, to eat those beings, they must be killed. So violence must not be all that bad, if it feeds us. It’s the juice that keeps us alive. Well, most of us.
Usually we try to side-step the violence that kills the beings we eat and focus on the nutrition provided from their dead carcasses (because it’s the lifeless final product and not the process that truly provides nourishment). But what if the nutritious value is not in the bodies of these tortured beings but in the killing?
Perhaps we are feeding off the violence and not the aftermath of the violence—the process of killing one being to fuel another.
Let’s come out of the closet and admit that violence is not such a bad thing. Raping, mutilating, confining, and slaughtering animals is something we should be proud of. Let’s get in touch with the essence of our violent diets and start being more violent ourselves.
No more keeping the violence behind closed doors in factory farms and hiring new immigrants to do our dirty work—why let them have all the fun? Let’s get our own hands bloody! Since we’re convinced that nourishment can only come from killing, then having more violence will make us all healthier.
Wait. What’s that you say? You regret that eating animal products means that animals have to suffer? You don’t want to hurt animals? Hmm… conundrum.
But… something has to suffer for you to be nourished. Someone.
Can we live off NO violence? Eat a nutritious diet without killing any creatures who experience affectionate, nurturing relationships with their young?
This idea is so extreme. So hardcore. So jarring.
Disclaimer: Obviously this post needs a disclaimer.
Don’t hurt people. Or animals.
May 25, 2010
Is Veganism a Religion?
No, no it’s not.
Recently I started going by a different professional name in order to prevent myself from being discriminated against due to non-violent political and dietary choices. As a public persona, anyone can google me and see that I don’t buy animal products and do advocate the end of all oppressive systems, a lifestyle best described as veganarchy. I have been asked not to talk about veganism or animal rights at a job, and have also been asked not to answer questions asked to me about my “beliefs”. (What employer you ask? Well I won’t name names. Ok, I will: Spa Utopia! ) But veganism isn’t a belief, yo – it’s an event as current as Obama. I’ve even been called a Bible thumper by my own hardcore barbecuing Albertan family, though I’m actually anti-religion, which brings me to my point: veganism is not a religion.
- Religions are gangs groups of people who believe that there is one truth. You can’t be two religions at once. And yet, you can be vegan and any religion you want, or none at all. Veganism, while it reflects a non-violent morality, is a consumer choice.
- Religions are based on speculative literature. Whether it’s the Bible or the Koran or The Watchtower, religions are filled with fables and shoulds and predictions. Veganist literature only discusses the here and the now. Factual, pertinent information to show where your food comes from and how your decisions affect yourself and the planet. Veganism doesn’t have ten commandments and doesn’t care if you get loaded or sleep around or trespass against thy neighbour or trespass onto thy neighbour’s driveway or whatever that one means. It only poses questions like: what is nourishment, really? Or, how can we do this differently?
- Vegans don’t want to convert you so that you’ll “be saved”, so your soul won’t burn in eternal damnation, so you’ll donate, or so they can recruit another vegan babymaker for the new vegan race – vegans just want to end the long chain of suffering of confined, abused animals. It’s that simple. Sure, they’d love to go for dinner with you, but vegans have no plans of world domination.
Veganism: First, do no harm.
Veganarchy: Liberation for all, not just the workers.