Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stop bringing 'morality' to my meals

Have you ever woken up with that knowledge that your 'bull-shit' tolerance is at at all time low?  This was my morning.  So when I came across the following while checking one of my social media sites, I got kinda grumpy:

"For those of you who enjoy well-prepared and -presented meals involving beef, veal, lamb, pork, chicken, lobster, etc.: Do you think much about the (possible) moral status and (probable) suffering of the animals involved? If you do, what ethical convictions have you worked out that permit you not just to eat but to savor and enjoy flesh-based viands?"

Now, I'm not a religious gal, but I have a few spiritual convictions/strong beliefs about the natural order of things that I'd like to think I have a grasp on what 'morality' is.

First let's take a look at what Webster has to say:
a : the moral (see 1moral) significance or practical lesson (as of a story) b : a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story
plural a : moral practices or teachings : modes of conduct b : ethics
For this particular argument, as they mention ethics, seems reasonable that that's the definition we should focus on:

plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values <the present-day materialistic ethic> <an old-fashioned work ethic> —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction <an elaborate ethics> <Christian ethics> b plural but sing or plural in constr : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group <professional ethics> c : a guiding philosophy d : a consciousness of moral importance <forge a conservation ethic>
plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)

Little convoluted, isn't it?  Ethics, for the most part, are relative.  Maybe that's why it bothers me so much when people use that word whenever they please.  Just because you feel something is immoral doesn't mean it is.  For instance, in some beliefs, it's immoral for women to own property or speak out of turn or dress a certain way... Yet more than likely you would argue it is immoral for women to be treated as objects.  So which of you is right?

Animal cruelty, I agree, is not particularly awesome.  The way some of our livestock is raised is rather appalling.  However, that doesn't make all meat-eaters these horrible heathens.  In fact, I'd be willing to stand behind some animal rights activists when they lobby for animals to stop being pumped full of hormones or kept in such unhealthy living--if only for our own sake.  If we're going to be partaking of these animals, shouldn't we take better care of them?  After all, whatever they contract will be coming to us, yeah?  Though our society is obsessed with mass-producing everything so thus you get meat that's been pumped with god knows what.  So I'm all for organic beef, free range chickens etc.

I guess I feel like they had it right way back when.  You hunted for your food, you took only what you needed and then you made the most out of it from tools to food to clothing.  It's the circle of life.  Humans are built a certain way for a reason--our species as a general rule, are omnivores.  We need that whole food pyramid to be healthy.

You wouldn't shame a lion for hunting down its prey, so why do you tsk me for enjoying a good flank steak?  You prefer it if I hunt it down myself? I guarentee, that won't be pretty for anyone.  If you want to abstain from eating meat, that's great.  If you feel it's wrong to eat animals, okay.  You're entitled to your opinnion--just don't dump it on my dinner table.
Sokka:  You're awfully cute. But unfortunately for you, you're made of meat.
-The Last Airbender

Monday, January 3, 2011

Boot Love - Pics: it sooo happened

So here we go:

Just to clear up any of the 'pics or it didn't happen' nonsense, this is the beautiful box that my beautiful boots came in.  You can't see them yet, 'cause I haven't opened the box.  No, no, be patient.  Seriously.  This is how we build up suspense.  This was a pretty big deal for me to get these, so you will hold your damn horses, okay?  Okay...

Now we can open the box...

Knee-High Leather black-soled beauties. <3

I've been meaning to replace my old black boots--I think they're Bongo--I got them second hand and after years and years, they're looking like they need to retire.  Never thought I'd have Doc Martens to take their place.  Forgive my overly girly squeal.

To put it succinctly: