Friday, February 25, 2005

The Root of All Evil

Early in man's history, he was a nomad. It was a simple life. He herded a few domesticated animals and gathered what other food he could find. He could never stay long in one place without the danger of overburdening the land's ability to sustain him and his herd. Conflicts with other men would tend to be brief and relatively uneventful, as there was little worth protecting at the expense of life and limb. A few serious injuries to one's best hunters could doom the tribe. Populations would tend to be fairly small, limited by the tribe's ability to feed, clothe, and transport.

"The man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, 'I have produced a man with the help of the Lord.' Next she bore his brother Abel. Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil." Genesis 4:1-2

With the advent of agriculture, all this changed. For the first time, land became a possession, and since land cannot be transported, it became a possession one must fight to protect. The loss of one's land would mean starvation for the displaced tribe. RESULT: The options "Fight or Flee" became "Fight or Die". War became a necessary science.

Another creation of the advent of agriculture was over-population. No longer limited by the constraints of the nomadic life, populations exploded. A farming society could produce more food than it needed, freeing some people to do other things - arts, science, philosophy, and... crime.

"Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out in the field.' When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him." Genesis 4:8

So now we have a society where most people can concentrate on what they are good at. I don't have a green thumb, but give me a potter's wheel and I'll give you a work of art, eh? How do we distribute all these new goods that we never had before? Trade. But with trade comes the idea of money. And with money comes the idea of greed. And the new masses of people had one other major drawback - pollution. Life has never been so good. But it has never been so bad either.

Most of us today realize that on the whole, life is more comfortable as it has evolved. Maybe it would be less stressful if we were still a nomadic people. Maybe that's why I like to hike and camp. But I also like my computer, my books, and my movies. Without this new lifestyle none of that would be possible.

"PETA believes that animals deserve the most basic rights—consideration of their own best interests regardless of whether they are useful to humans. Like you, they are capable of suffering and have interests in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation, or for any other reason." PETA homepage

So, PETA wants us to be vegetarian. The only way to do that is with farming.

"Human Behaviors Said to Make Things Worse.

having too many children
agricultural burning
overconsumption of resources
failure to re-cycle
production/disposal of toxic waste
improper disposal of human waste
improper disposal of garbage
mis-use of pesticides
economic dependence on growth
depletion of soils by overfarming
erosion from removal of vegetation
urban sprawl
removal of carbon sinks (trees)
inefficient use of fuel
urbanizing farmland
urban growth where water is scarce
eating meat"
World Overpopulation Awareness (Sustainability page; I hate frames)

The WOA also wants us to be vegetarian, but we can't have farms or even cities. So, in short, our vegetarian brethren at PETA promote the very things the WOA object to in our modern society: war, overpopulation, wealth, greed, and pollution. In fact the WOA have painted us into such a corner that even if we drastically cut the world population (I don't know, maybe we could have a war or something), we still couldn't survive because we wouldn't be able to hunt, fish, or farm.

So you want to save the world?

Just eat a steak (or a tofu burger if you prefer) and don't worry about it, because no matter what you do someone is going to think you're doing it wrong.


Anonymous Patrick said...

"Just eat a steak (or a tofu burger if you prefer) and don't worry about it, because no matter what you do someone is going to think you're doing it wrong."Well put, Uncle Yan.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you want to save the world? Start small by taking responsibility for, and respecting the little things around you. Embrace God and ask for His help with the big stuff.

11:48 AM  
Blogger ronin1516 said...

And beat up a skanky vegetarian, hippie, PETA member!!!! Then eata tofu burger!!!

7:07 AM  
Blogger zeplinair said...

And beat up a skanky vegetarian, hippie, PETA member beater!!!! Then eata ... umm..."Lean Cuisine"?...we're still all evolving here - but forcing it seldom helps.

1:52 PM  

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