Thursday, 25 April 2013
"It is hard to swallow!"
"It is hard to swallow" said a friend to me at work as I explained horse meat and the practises of the veal industry. They all shuttered.
It occurred to me that people really don't want to know what is going on or they have some sort of block which tells them what is really happening is not real at all as some sort of a coping strategy. A safe place mentally until it is over. Why is it that people can be soooo curious but when there are values that might be challenged as an adult they can't cope or do not wish to discuss or know reality? If there is nothing wrong with it, why can you not see it or watch a video about it?
Hey, lets be honest, there are some very graphic and even sick movies out there about torture. Hostel, Saw for example. Tons of movies where people just love to watch a person be tortured killed and suffer. Good stuff right. So why oppose real life torture. Because it is real? Because it is wrong? We love violence right? What happens in the factories is natural right? Nothing wrong with it right?
Being a vegan, I really only tell people how I feel when they ask me. For example, usually it starts with, "You don't eat dairy or meat?" "Ya", I reply. Then they say, "Why?" Next, I usually ask, "Are sure you want to talk about it?" Sometimes the conversation stops there and other times it gets going and can even get heated. I prefer the ones that just end respectfully and where we both leave each other with a little something to think about.
However, most times it goes like this. I begin and they have several arguments right away they try to use which misses the whole point and instead of actually listening to my response they are trying to find some kind of rebuttal as to why I am wrong. If the conversation proceeds they do not want to actually think about anything i said nor do they want to actually see what happens in a factory farm. Here is the deal, you asked me why, I did not ask you?
My best response perhaps should be, watch Earthlings (here is a trailer)
start to finish and then we can have a discussion because unless you have seen what actually happens in these places for yourself, there is really no way I can truly capture why I am veg.
Plus I would like others to give me arguments as to Why is this treatment of animals ok and is natural? Also, why it is ok for me to eat meat cus to be honest, I liked meat. Don't try and prove me wrong, prove your point of view right. Instead of me having to prove to someone something they do not completely know about from either perspective. Like lets look at it logically and tell each other what we see. We can watch it together and anytime either of us has a problem with the information being used regarding the practises of the meat, dairy, fur or any other industry, we can look it up and do the research. Not what the dogma or argument of mainstream consumerism and politics has instructed you to say when someone challenges you on meat or even you challenge them. Lets look at it for real and constructively?
So my friendly meat eaters, anyone want to watch a great horror flick?