Saturday, March 20, 2010
MEAT IS RAPE IS MURDER
Sometimes I feel guilty eating a hamburger and sometimes I don't. It depends on the hamburger. I don't eat them very much. A few weeks ago I had one that was fairly terrible... this was at a place near the Farmer's Market... it was mediocre and terrible. And when I was done, I thought: Some poor animal got ground into tasteless gray chuck in order for me to meat that bland and mealy burger that just made me feel disgusting. Its death was probably painful and brutal, if relatively quick, but its life must have been a nightmare of drudgery and pain... tedium... confinement... casual cruelty. Animals suffer... they have no fewer nerves than humans do. Natalie Portman hates meat-eating. Today I had a delicious bacon avocado cheeseburger... really excellent as these things go. I thought: Man, I wish I lived near this place so I could have these more often. Then I felt guilty, thinking about the poor cow. But the guilt felt distant, like I was seeing it in a museum. Then I felt guilty because the guilt felt distant. But I also thought: People have been eating animals, and animals have been eating animals, since there were people and animals. There is nothing inherently wrong about it. The industrial food complex is an ugly, ugly thing. But there is nothing inherently wrong with eating animals. I feel that I should, morally and rationally, become a vegetarian. But I do like to eat. I love it... I love it so much.