This week stares ‘I‘ in the eye.
Understandably each one of us is the centre of our own universe…so much so that in the English language we have elevated ourselves right up there alongside God by capitalising the pronoun that refers to ourselves! Even ‘you’ and ‘they’ don’t get the same honourific treatment that ‘I‘ do!
I’m suddenly feeling mighty important, so big I command little you to read on!
Last week was Anzac Day and many people faced the pre dawn cold to commemorate* our service people.
Also last week, there was a 35 kilometre offal spill along the Northern Highway in Victoria.
While coverage of one event honoured the fallen in intimate detail, the response to the other was to sweep it off the road and under the carpet as quickly as possible and pretend the fallen had never existed.
If we are to grow as a compassionate society, we need to acknowledge this insensitivity.
I wrote a letter to the editor of The North Central Review.
I can understand why a resident expressed her relief at the recent 35km offal spill being cleaned up in time ‘so children were not confronted by this grisly scene on the way to school’.
From another perspective however, maybe it would have been beneficial for kids to see some of the reality behind meat, rather than just the sanitised, packaged myth we are all sold.
According to a UN report ‘Animal industries are one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global’ . Let alone the suffering of the individual animals who are the innocent victims in a race for profit above all other considerations.
With a better understanding of the fact that meat once belonged to a living creature, grisly bits and all, people might be inclined to consume more mindfully.
Unfortunately it wasn’t published, this was:
(What I reall want to know is how did they manage to make sausages with all that offal going missing anyway?!)
But seriously, somewhere along the way as we mourn human loss or our own discomforts, we seem to have forgotten about all the others also struggling on this planet.
War causes an extraordinary amount of physical and emotional trauma for feeling beings.
So does animal agriculture.
Lest We Forget.
*There is an interesting article on the rising popularity of Anzac Day here.