I read the comments all the time, and I have to say, Anon.R.mous is all over them. Normally the kind of person who would spend that much time formulating meandering, mean-spirited responses, and lashing out like an angry toddler at every turn would just make me think: "What an annoying douche, how could anyone spend this much time being a dick in comment sections?" But honestly, it's become almost as entertaining as the articles. Keep him going everyone! Troll the troll! I love it. It makes me feel like I must be a pretty decent person since I could never be that mean to people on such a regular basis. Plus I just don't see the need to be a total asshole while forming a cogent argument. But I guess today I'll be a bit of a dick to someone by posting this. Cheers Anon, thanks for the self-esteem boost.
Also, I don't believe that anyone has bestowed upon us the title of "stewards" of life on this planet, nor should we try to be. The name "steward" directly assumes a hierarchy, and is an idea seated in arrogance. Is a bear above a rabbit? What's higher on the hierarchy, a frog or a toad? My point is, all animals(humans included) must find their own niche to fill in their specific ecosystem. If we truly try to find our place, our respectful equilibrium, WITHIN the ecosystem, the idea of being a "steward" becomes completely irrelevant. Who is to say that eating meat may or may not be part of that niche, depending on the specific location? Even Tibetan Buddhists ate/eat yak meat due to climactic conditions being prohibitive to a more agriculturally based society.
Whatever your decision on the whole meat thing, if you can't respect the validity of others' mindfully made decisions when they differ from your own, I suggest you simply dismount from that high horse... that you may or may not be eating later, and go fatten it or yourself up with hay, alone in the stable. Leave those with mutual intellectual respect to exercise their collaborative understanding of each other, and you can come out when you learn to play nice.
There is no way to say whether our life and level of consciousness is more valuable than any animals, and in the same vein there is no way to say what level of life and consciousness plants enjoy, and what the value of that is in comparison. You take life to feed yourself either way, and how much "harm" you are doing is purely academic. Some say you are doing less harm by killing one large animal rather than killing thousands of smaller animals in the process of preparing, maintaining and harvesting a garden.
What it comes down to for me, in the case of such speculation, is intent. If you intend to live mindful of your impact on existence, and respectful of all life, then do what is comfortable to you. Those who judge others are usually just trying to pull a definable certainty out of the undefinable quagmire of human existence, whose nature is to elude our attempts at pinning certainties upon it.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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