Dominion

I “like” the Vegetarian page on Facebook and today there was an interesting post that started a discussion.  It stated that humans weren’t created to eat animals.  Of course one of the responses was that the “Good Book” says differently.  This was in reference to the idea that God gave humans dominion over the earth and creatures.  This is an idea that bugs me because I think that it is abused.

As human beings we have abilities that most animals do not.  We can think, reason, and make rationale decisions.  We have intelligence that allows us to adapt and invent in order to make life easier.  The fact that we can use our abilities to create makes us like God or “in his image,” and with that comes a degree of power.  But with this power or dominion also should come other qualities of God like respect and love.  Most of what is done and defended by “The Good Book” is lacking both of those.

Calves are taken away from their mothers and fed formula while their mothers are pumped full of hormones to provide milk for human consumption.  Cows are fed corn which they are not intended to eat and cannot digest so that we can eat Big Macs.  And because they are not built to eat corn they get sick and are pumped full of antibiotics so that we do not become sick.  What happens instead is we ingest these levels of antibiotics in the meat we eat and then become immune to them so that when we actually need antibiotics they don’t work.  Chickens are overfed and pumped full of hormones so that they will grow bigger, so big that they can’t even stand up.  Basically animals are tortured so that we can eat unhealthy levels of meat.  I looked at the passages in Genesis and from what I read it sounds like the Vegetarian FB people are right.  Genesis 1:29-

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

In my interpretation I’d say that if we are to eat animals it should only be as a last resort.

Dominion or not if we believe that it is God’s creation and we claim to be Godly people we should have respect.  For years we have been raping and pillaging the earth using the bible as our defense.  We hunt and kill animals for fun or to feel powerful.  We clear land and cut down trees to build new houses and shops while older houses and shops are left abandoned.  There is a balance in nature and we have a role in the circle of life.  We have been upsetting the balance for a long time and it is time to live more consciously and stop using The Bible to excuse ignorant behavior.

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“Pro-Life”

The first thing I must say here is that this post is NOT about abortion, but rather terminology.  Lately I’ve become really annoyed at this particular term.  In a quiet moment this idea popped into my head.  What if I was an alien visiting from another planet and I decided to ride along with an average American family that happens to have “Pro-Life” stickers on their car?  Generalizing quite a bit, I am going to give you an illustration.

Let’s imagine this invisible alien is visiting from a very loving and highly evolved planet.  He is very excited to see this earthly family’s way of honoring and supporting life.  I mean it says right on their vehicle: “PRO-LIFE.”  He joins them at the dinner table where the parents eat steak (cow) and the kids eat nuggets (chicken).  After dinner the mother screams from the bathroom.  The alien follows the father into the bathroom where they discover a spider.  BAM…spider=dead!  They sit down to watch the evening news.  A man will be executed tomorrow.  The parents applaud, justice prevails, time to watch CSI.  The following morning the alien joins father and son on a hunting expedition where they shoot and kill deer for fun.  Afterward they celebrate with a meal at McDonald’s where they eat more cow and chicken.  At the end of the 24 hour period the alien leaves earth believing “Pro-Life” has a totally opposite meaning of what he thought it did.

Today I saw a bumper sticker that said “Abortion stops a beating heart.” Yes, yes, yes it does but so does the following:

slaughter houses

lethal injection

food shortages

hunters with guns

war

abuse and neglect

pollution in our water

deforestation

disease

I just don’t understand the use of that terminology for one issue having to do with life.  Couldn’t we use something else, like say pro-pregnancy, pro-babies, pro-motherhood, or how about anti-abortion.  The truth is I don’t know if it’s possible for any of us to be entirely “PRO-LIFE.”  There are too many things we have to do in order to survive.  But I would love it if we could look at life in the big picture and embrace and honor all of it.

*As always, I WELCOME your comments, but if it seems to be taking a turn into an abortion debate I will delete.