A New Tradition
and then there was the vegan Thanksgiving, a new tradition. where people from all over came ready and willing. to share. to learn. to think of the future. to be thankful of the earth and their bodies, while saying the blessing and sharing their lunch. a feast was set out before our eyes. not one animal product used to make us this prize.
a guitar was strummed and music sung as we ate and released, the guilt of the culture we wish to change. our country the king of capitalism exporting the slaughter of all animals for our consumption. making it a birthright of our production. that every grill might have animal flesh on it. defining no man a man unless he puts sharp sticks through flesh. then throws it on an open fire, cooks and devours it. we have pitched this as something normal. but where did the hunt go from this tradition. it is this hunger for consumption we have fortressed. not the physical and mental power of tracking ones prey. not the ceremony of thanking the creator before putting it out of its misery. not the using of every part of the animal for clothing and goods. not the recycling of this tradition to the next generation.
we now worship the meat. never looking into its eyes or connecting to the soul of the beast we eat. not knowing what an honor it should be to use its life force. to take its energy back into another course. we now worship the aluminum gas grill. we don’t even need to know how to make our own fire. as we watch our violent games to connect to the physical nature that this ceremony desires. we gather in tribes at our families homes. if we are lucky there might be one vegetable on each plate. if it is not tarred in animal fat, we might be lucky to digest nutrients for our bodies to continue our quest.
not a trick or a trap, we live with these rituals. these are the lies enforced by big business to an ignorant people. where would you get your protein from most say when you don’t eat meat? how little thought goes into that question. how little knowledge they do seek. obesity in this country is a growing epidemic. shipped to other countries who emulate our need for steak. our countries carbon footprint is a monster. that needs larger shoes and is walking on water. spreading its tracks through the food we sour.
crystl37November 25, 2010
You make it very hard to enjoy a steak Byron-THANKYOU
Byron KingNovember 26, 2010
Thank you Angie. That was the point. Yesterday, my meal was vegan and I was surrounded by meat and dairy eaters. I felt no temptation to partake off their menu. I’m lucky to have a wife who cares enough to take my dietary choice seriously and support me on it. I was struck by this quote the other day and agree with it fully.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein
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