Killing, Get It?

Enormous beef plants are designed to process large volumes of arriving cattle. After cattle are stunned, they are bled out on the Cargill production line in Dodge City, Kan. They then go through a "carcass wash;" their hides are removed; and the cattle are cut into pieces. (Keith Myers/The Kansas City Star)
Enormous beef plants are designed to process large volumes of arriving cattle. After cattle are stunned, they are bled out on the Cargill production line in Dodge City, Kan. They then go through a “carcass wash;” their hides are removed; and the cattle are cut into pieces. (Keith Myers/The Kansas City Star) [How lovely.]

Fellow earthlings hang. Excited hearts now pump faintly their last drops of life as blood flows a river inside the abattoir. White-robed overlords oversee with heartless glee the demand the people place upon them.

Killing.

It’s what humans do. I get it, now.

The government gets it. Man, do they ever.

Hunters, anglers, trappers all get it, and they get it well.

Every flesh-eater gets it; they cause it, abnormally so, and to their liking.

The slaughterhouse business is a boom, and they get, and take it all the way to the bank, who gets it.

The prison system gets it, with itchy fingers can’t wait.

Cops and soldiers get it, they signed up to get it.

Kill. Kill. Kill, for fuck’s sake.

It’s everywhere, and it’s 24/7/365.25.

Killing.

No big deal, right? I get it.

But hey, let a news story break, a tragic accident, a natural catastrophe, shooting, people killed, animals hurt. An empathetic twinkle sparks inside an otherwise numb-skull, and suddenly the Androids get all emotional, teary eyed. Heartfelt.

Really?

What the hell?

Somebody got killed.

So what?

Who cares?

Nobody. That’s who.

After their obligatory sorrow drowns in its evanescent grief, everything’s hunky-dory. Enervated emotions are restored. Now back to the business of kill and let kill until the next spate of death hits the public airwaves. Then guess what? Suddenly sparked, fleeting superficialities ignite once again with an emasculated flare-up.

Why bother with silly transitory sentiment?

Killing.

It’s what humans do, by fuck. They KILL!

Rejoice!

Killing, a tradition we can’t live without, by participating within.

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Author: Peter Schreiner

Ethical Vegan, Idealistic Anarchist and Practicing Nonconformist, Amateur Writer, Prolific Dreamer, Hardcore Misanthrope

17 thoughts on “Killing, Get It?”

  1. The word ‘normalisation’ suddenly keeps appearing in the media these days, Peter, I’ve noticed. I suspect it may be a byproduct of Adam Curtis wonderful documentary film Hypernormalisation, but can’t be at all sure. Anyway, it seems a good term to apply to this subject, and how meat-eating in particular has been normalised in primates – I think we once were herbivores, weren’t we? Yes, the first primate ever known – Purgatorius – was a Vegan. For tens of millions of years, Purgatorius’ descendants ate only plant-based diets. Those descendants – small monkeys to great apes – survived on tropical fruits until, when around 15 million years ago, they diversified, adding seeds and nuts to their consumption, but still were Vegan. Then, 6 million years ago, Sahelanthropus Tchadensis arrived on the primate scene with a lineage split, but still remained true to a Vegan diet. Scrolling forward further in time to just 3 or 4 million years ago, and Australopithecus arrives, but as far we know, that speciation still by and large did not divert from Veganism; until around 2.5 million years ago when the new normalisation process began, and from which we now stand in our hypernormalised state of Carnivorism. As rainfall became less abundant, that resulted in the leaves, fruits and flowers that our ancestors survived on becoming similarly so. The Australopiths stuck with the Veganism and as a consequence died out, and the proto-human Hominim specie turned to meat eating. We’re now in a phase of evolution when we can begin to reverse that previous normalisation, and in fact need to in order to rescue the planet’s survivability for our specie and future speciation of it. I think I may be more optimistic than you that this may happen, Peter, and have witnessed a huge uptake in Vegetarianism in the past 50 years over here, and a similar rate of uptake – though not by degree of numbers – in Veganism over the past 5 years. I wouldn’t know the figures for the U.S. as against those of Europe, so it may be a very different picture over there.

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    1. Perhaps. But only if you subscribe to the theory of our evolution. Like creation, it’s convenient, but I’m not buying. I’m thoroughly convinced we’re the spawn of alien warlords and far from intelligent ones at that.

      All species eventually go the way of extinction, yes? We see that in our study of evolution. Opps. Anyway, I think we’re on the downhill slide of our cosmic instant. But that may only be a factor of my optimistic bias.

      Any gains in veganism in the UK, EU, and America, if there are gains in America at all, are more than offset by China. And if there are any real advances in veganism can they outpace climate change and environmental destruction, the swarm of humanity? That seems hopeless. But think me not a pessimist but rather a realist, please.

      And speaking of China and all the other superpowers agitated by America, am I the only one who sees the inevitable world war brewing on the horizon?

      Thank you for your comment, Hariod.

      Peace and Happy Evolutions to you, friend.

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      1. Hi Peter!

        Just to distinguish between our differing concepts of the word ‘theory’, as distinct from ‘hypothesis’ – this, from Wiki:

        ‘In modern science, the term “theory” refers to scientific theories, a well-confirmed type of explanation of nature, made in a way consistent with scientific method, and fulfilling the criteria required by modern science. Such theories are described in such a way that any scientist in the field is in a position to understand and either provide empirical support (“verify”) or empirically contradict (“falsify”) it. Scientific theories are the most reliable, rigorous, and comprehensive form of scientific knowledge, in contrast to more common uses of the word “theory” that imply that something is unproven or speculative (which is better characterized by the word ‘hypothesis’).’

        So, evolution is indeed a theory (as you say), because it is being developed and refined as more evidence accumulates. It isn’t a Scientific Law, because all the data isn’t in; but the data that is in, are confirmed explanations of nature. I do know of your own beliefs as regards our genesis, but without evidence they constitute a hypothesis and not yet a developed theory. We can agree that neither are Scientific Laws. 🙂

        ‘Extinction’, yes, is a facet of evolution. If it isn’t, then we have to figure out who fabricated and planted what seems like the evidence for evolution, and we have to have evidence that the apparent evidence was indeed fabricated, and also why some other specie (as you suggest, presumably one alien to earth) buried fake dinosaur bones deep within rock, as well as working out how the hell they did that.

        Anyway, it seems like we agree on the matter of humankind creating conditions for its own downfall. For myself, that would be due to AGW and resultant environmental catastrophe, including the many exoduses and diseases that would bring in its wake. I don’t know what reasons you might have for thinking we’re on the way out, but you appear to suggest something similar. 🙂

        I daresay you’re right about the shift to a Veganist paradigm being unlikely if you’ve studied the figures and projections, and that what seems like significant progress in The West on Vegetarianism, Veganism and a more ecologically aware style of living is countered by the huge growth in BRICS and other rapidly developing nations in which emergent middle classes are turning to meat consumption.

        As regards wars emerging on a global basis, then I’ve tended to think these will be cyber-wars rather than bombs and bullets wars. It does seem like a close call though, and it’s certainly conceivable that we see regional nuclear conflicts in South East Asia, the Middle East and the Baltics within your and my lifetimes. I don’t see how they would develop into full-scale global military conflicts, whereas I can see global cyber-warfare more readily. Actually, it’s already happening.

        Peace and happy (r)evolutions to you too my good man!

        Hariod

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        1. So then a theory is not conjectured when applied to modern science, but rather a well-confirmed type of explanation. Confirmed, as in verified. Verified, as in truth. I accept that. My understanding now broadened. And, Hariod, so there’s no misunderstanding, I accept the theory of evolution, just not as it applies to H. sapiens.

          I’ll end with this. I know what it feels like to be wrong. It feels just like being right until I realize I’m wrong.

          PS

          There’s no money to be made, by comparison, in cyber warfare. Childs’ play.

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          1. Steady, a scientific theory is most definitely not synonymous with truth – a somewhat meaningless term, arguably? No scientific theory is absolute; they are all provisional and under revision in some (usually marginal) degree. Truth, by definition, is absolute, and doesn’t come in halves. Something is wrong within General Relativity. Something is wrong within Quantum Theory. But they’re both proving the best ladders we’ve yet built to a higher and unified theory, and their provisional nature doesn’t mean they’re worthless, far from it, of course.

            So it isn’t about whole theories being either entirely right or entirely wrong in the manner you suggest they may be, with respect. Personally, I don’t believe anything, and what I incline towards are provisional notions about things. Like my latest post, which is a notion I’ve floated about consciousness and which I’ve invited readers to find fault with. If someone demonstrates I’m wrong, I’m actually in a better position than had they not, and instead refrained from telling me how, where and why my notion was wrong.

            ‘So my antagonist said, “Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it’s impossible?” “No”, I said, “I can’t prove it’s impossible. It’s just very unlikely”. At that he said, “You are very unscientific. If you can’t prove it impossible then how can you say that it’s unlikely?” But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible.’

            ― Richard Feynman

            I think there’s money in cyber warfare Peter: market manipulation (as happened on precious metals), faked currency trades (as happened two months ago and previously plenty of times), closing down power sources (Stuxnet), closing down major ISPs (as happened one month ago). China, Russia and the U.S. have all been caught testing the waters in readiness for major attacks. The money won’t flow to the M.I.C. as it would with conventional warfare, but it’ll flow in trades and crashed economies, to traders and un-crashed economies.

            This is all provisional. 😉

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    2. I read recently that veganism had risen 360% in the space of two years, and though random statistics with no actual links like that are very irritating (sorry), I can attest to the rise in my own small universe of connections and the huge amount of vegan products that have popped up in the large popular supermarkets. It happening.

      Great comment Hariod, I’m copying it to re-read and pass on. smiles

      Peter, I genuinley feel your anger and pain here. We are far from a point where humans realise what they are doing, but your work is all part of the movement that powers us forward. smiles Thank you for the words.

      esme upon the Cloud

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      1. Thankyou for reading, Esme; I do sound rather pedagogic (apologies) but it’s quite interesting to see Carnivorism in context, and possibly more as a temporary aberration, having arisen out of a long standing Veganist paradigm.

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  2. This is great. My feelings exactly. The cognitive dissonance of most people just astounds me. What they can be made to accept as normal. I think you’re right about so many things, the potential war, that is so obviously being steered on the horizon, has been for a long time, where we come from, people’s feeble grasp on reality, the fate of our species. I don’t think there’s much hope unless there is a huge awakening, which would be nice, but honestly, I just can’t see it happening. I look around, I listen to people and I just despair. Most people are just not interested, or so dumbed-down they haven’t a hope in hell of even beginning to grasp what’s going on. I’m glad there are a few who ‘get it’ but I can’t see it ever being enough to change things in a major way. Well, we can only keep expressing ourselves, it’s all we have, at least while we are still able to do that!!!

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    1. And long overdue, I think. The war that is, and in the context of humankind’s’ irrevocable infatuation with war.

      I want to share a quote by Christopher Isherwood, with you. I think I may have already done this before, but it is fitting and eloquently wrote of his visit to the Tiergarten after WWII.

      “I walked across the snowy plain of the Tiergarten — a smashed statue here, a newly planted sapling there; the Brandenburger Tor, with its red flag flapping against the blue winter sky; and on the horizon, the great ribs of a gutted railway station, like the skeleton of a whale. In the morning light, it was all as raw and frank as the voice of history, which tells you not to fool yourself; this can happen to any city, to anyone, to you.” –Christopher Isherwood

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  3. Quite an accurate statement of our circumstance. Thanks also to each personal perspective too. It’s all quite Edvard Munchesque, so I will take a moment to scream at the thought of hyper-advanced aliens altering the genome of our vegan progenitors to study the carnage from a safe vantage point. I’ll call it “making the inexplicable explicable.” Envisage mad scientists abducting vegan humans and turning them into a more carnivorous specie. I would prefer whirled peas actually 🙂

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