Soul Food… For Thought…

Ruminating on souls this morning — who gets one and who doesn’t. Most assume that all human beings get a soul, and many of us believe that some or most animals get one also. 

However, it seems for as many people who believe that most mammals may get souls, and maybe a few select birds and fancy fish too, they don’t believe that insects do — or bacteria or even bushes. At the very least in the minds of many, there is limited soul distribution among living things. Some critters get ‘em and some don’t. 

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And for all of it’s lofty expansion in the last hundred years or so, science is still unable to establish clear evidence of a soul in any creature or in any plant.  Science might be able to prove emotion and/or feeling in living things, but it can’t show evidence of a soul. The soulascope  has not yet been invented. And of course, there’s that question as to where souls come from to begin with…

For a great many people, the only answer to the question of where souls come from is God. 

With little investment though, I can create a soul in my own home.  All I need to do is to put two dogs together who kind a favor each other, and let them get more familiar with one another, and within weeks of that, there will be a new soul in the house, perhaps a half dozen or more…

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For my part, I believe that all animals have souls, including fish and insects.  I regularly entertain whether or not plants have souls, but on that one, I remain undecided, but ever curious. 

Also for my part, I believe that all souls should be treated as equally as possible, though in a complex and often chaotic world, that can’t always be the case. 

A great majority of people in the world have no problem with the extinguishing of souls, all day long, so long as they get eaten or provide us with useful products such as shoes, costmetics, or some light-hearted amusement. This haunts me, ongoing, but I am guilty too. 

Taking souls is acceptable for most, in order that we each preserve the soul within us, or advance the collective causes of all human souls. Again, haunts me. 

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I’m just thinking about souls this morning. In truth, I think about them all day long — always bubbling under the surface… Jhciacb

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On Food System Beliefs…

This debate, as to whether or not we should eat animals, and how they should be raised should we decide eating them is acceptable, is slowly turning from a simmer to a boil. That conversation, now in the periphery, is headed into the mainstream and it’s going to get loud.

I believe within a generation, maybe two, the question of whether or not we eat animals, and if we deem it proper to eat them, how they might be raised, will be as central to political discourse as abortion rights, energy policy, and international diplomacy. This debate will someday influence elections at local, national, and global levels.

Fundamentally, this will be a continuation and an expansion of the right to life movement. It’s just that in the future, human lives will be having to scoot over some, to make room for the hundreds of millions of non-human lives who are beginning to matter a little more to each new generation.

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As I have attempted to sort out my own thoughts on these, and to separate my feelings from the logic required to maintain a civil, environmentally aware, and properly nourished species, I have come to realize how complex and far-reaching this conversation is. I’ll suggest that these issues (and all those connected to them) are even more complicated than abortion, immigration, and threats of nuclear war.

I say more complicated, because the aforementioned all have the potential for unanimous conclusions. The question of whether or not animal lives matter as much as or even more than human life, can never be resolved — at least not until they begin to write and speak on their own behalf.

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I have strong feelings on these issues and I know where I stand — today. Have no idea though, where I might stand tomorrow. My feelings are malleable and have shifted as my explorations have gone deeper. The one thing I can say, beyond any doubt, is that my uncertainty about any of this is greater than my certainty.

Regardless of where one stands on veganism, vegetarianism, eating meat, or how to raise meat, there is one fact that is rooted in mathematics and is undeniable…

That when we eat more than we need to survive, and do so habitually, it has a negative impact on the environment — globally. That statement, has nothing to do with obesity levels, fitness, or anything related to health. Simply put and worth repeating, when we eat more than we need to survive, and do so habitually, it has a negative impact on the environment — globally.

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I feel for those who drown in this type of uncertainty. It’s no way to go through life. I pity though, those with absolute certainty relating to any of it, for they are likely responding from their emotional side and not a logical one. This does little to pave the way for an acceptable future…  Jhciacb

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Beyond Paris…

Over the last 24-hours, I have seen numerous reactions to the president’s proposed withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.  Within my circles, I have seen little support for the president’s intentions – none.  I have though, seen much outrage.

As a fan of the planet, I appreciate that outrage and harbor a good bit of my own.  However, caring for the planet – being responsible stewards of the globe that contains us involves more than being concerned over greenhouse gases, ocean levels, pollutant particles in our lungs or even jobs.

My cursory understanding of the Paris agreement suggests it has nothing to do with animal cruelty.  Since animal cruelty (on the surface) doesn’t effect climate change, that makes sense.  Non-humans though, make up roughly 99% of all vertebrate creatures on earth.

You see where I’m going here…

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“Getchyer blue skies here!  Get ’em while they last…”

I have a hard time with people projecting so much concern over the state of the earth, when they still support the idea of lambchops, corndogs and dino-shaped chicken nuggets.  While it’s true that that food system and the issues of animal cruelty within it are very complex, I have a hard time listening to all the screaming and yelling about ocean levels by people who could care less about the screaming and yelling in slaughterhouses.

I’ve got some bad news for you that isn’t really news – it’s something we’re all aware of, yet unlike climate, we ignore this problem with our planet: the last thing a cow thinks before she takes 20,000 volts between her eyes and subsequently gets her neck slashed to be unceremoniously bled into a trough, isn’t…

“Good day, humans!  I’m allowing this act of cruelty so that Joe Schlepasaurus can take a break between refrigerator deliveries, and enjoy a ¾ lb. patty on all sesame seed bun…”

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From the garden and the market,,,,

No.  I suspect that the last thing a cow thinks before the deadly stun is this…

“Holy living fuck, human, please don’t kill me….!  I DON’T WANT TO DIE!!! Please!  Please!  Please!”

Of course, cattle levels aren’t rising and threatening coastal homes, and the pigs and hogs who give it all up for the sake of corndogs and prosciutto aren’t ever seen by good folks like you and me bitching about the president withdrawing from the Paris agreement.

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Will they rise up against us…?

I guess all I’m suggesting here is a little consistency.  If you’re willing to sound off about the oceans and the air, make a little noise too for your future rack of lamb.  That, or keep your mouth shut about the president’s intent with the planet.  I know, I know, shut up Roy and pass the mint jelly…  Jhciacb

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