Greed Eats Love
had never lived in the South before my partner and I moved to
I have come to realize that all it takes for suffering and injustice to continue is for the majority of people to agree that it is okay. It just takes a large number of people not questioning the agreed upon idea and the actions that accompany it. If you add economic profits to the mix it is even harder to get people to question these agreed upon myths/stories/cultural norms.
If you also consider the idea of a tipping point, my idea about the majority of people becomes inaccurate. It does not take the majority. It only takes an influential group to shift society’s perceptions.
slavery ended in the
The same blindness that created an acceptance of slavery is at work worldwide when it comes to our treatment of other species. We have an agreed upon story by the majority of people. The story/myth is that these individuals are property and slaves, not living, thinking, feeling beings.
We are stuck in this story because we have traditions and economic gain that stems from the practices that accompany it.
My father asked me recently why I wouldn’t come to a family gathering and just “ignore” the turkey in the middle of the table. I asked him if he was going to a home that served dog meat (the case in many parts of the world) if he could “ignore” the dog curled up and cooked and sitting on a platter in the middle of the table. There is no difference between turkeys, chickens, dogs, pigs and deer in terms of their ability to feel pain and pleasure and their desire to form lasting social relationships.
The same way that many cultures have abolished slavery and look back on it and wonder how it could have been, we will look back on this time and wonder how we could have lived the way we live now.
"In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people."
— Ruth Harrison, "Animal Machines"