A Lion is Not a Chicken

In one of the more thoughtful posts I’ve read on the subject in a long while, Mark Morford of SFGate neatly summarizes my feelings — and those of many other people who consider the question of what we eat and how we get it to be part of Sacred Nature — about why killing animals is such a morally questionable undertaking.

Reduced to a nutshell (which contains the kind of meat it’s unquestionably OK to eat), his point can be summarized in his penultimate paragraph:

And hence maybe a return to munching of whale meat seems like a devolution, a harsh return to a way of thinking about the planet that basically lumps everything into one of two categories: things we can own/exploit/kill/eat/bomb/deep-fry, and things with which we can calmly and even beautifully [and respectfully] coexist.

(The reference to whale meat derives from the fact that this pull quote is from an old column of his from 13 years ago about Japan’s announcement it was resuming the barbarous practice of whale hunting, to much international outcry.)

Morford demonstrates a real reverence for life in this piece. Without preaching or providing a theological framework, he zeroes in on the intensely spiritual nature of his subject with unerring accuracy. For example, as he struggles to define the difference between harvesting thousands and thousands of trees for lumber with the “massacre” of an ancient redwood for one artistic burl, he offers this:

The difference, of course, is intention, connection, soul. The difference is a certain level of inviolable sacredness, something primal and ancient, a line that we can’t quite pinpoint exactly (because it touches upon divine ground) but which must try, however awkwardly, to keep intact.

In short, he just gets it. Losing touch with the Sacred in everything is the biggest single explanation for our inability to understand or express our sense of Oneness with All That Is.

May we awaken to the cry of connection and soul deep within us as we go about the daily decision-making that, in the cumulative long-term, co-creates the world of our experience.



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