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.