“Quitting smoking is easy, I do it all the time,” – Mark Twain. This quote stuck out to me immediately as I began reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It reminds me of the Macklemore song, “Let’s Eat.” This song is a satire on food consumed by people who are going to quit and go to the gym, but who never end of doing so and keep eating crepes, cake, donuts, etc. This idea is something I think about often as I struggle with the idea that we need to focus on what we want to contribute to society, and stop playing video games which don’t contribute anything.
Link to the Macklemore song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCoN23b1-s
Americans choose to eat less than .25% of the known edible food on the planet. There are infinite bugs which are up for grabs to be eaten, and now there are now chips made from crickets. We are incredibly picky eaters, but we also oppress change – remember green ketchup? It failed as people decided they don’t like eating things they are not used to. This comes back to the argument in Fanaticism with the Apocalypse, where the book had a whole chapter dedicated to people who reject progress.
I found it incredibly interesting that millions of dead dogs and cats are fed to our livestock. I had no idea this was occurring. Strangely, I am ok with that.. because it is actually environmentally friendly and prevents use of water to feed livestock, which accounts for some ridiculous percentage of water used in America.
I read the conversation between Foer and his grandmother which she talks about not eating the pork which would save her life, and she says, “If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save.” I put the book down. I thought about it. It reminds me of all the euthanasia arguments, it reminds me of the purpose of religions, its a breath of fresh air.
In the news:
A consensus of College Republicans from across the nation are proposing a “Carbon tax” which would tax companies outputting carbon, and then give the money back to the people (somehow). The article stresses that the Republican party is seeing large departures of voters in the younger generations, and that these young are annoyed at the denial of climate change. I feel this is a glimmer of hope for the future, but I don’t agree with giving the money back to the people. It would probably amount to pennies per person. Instead, I would argue that the money go to the currently destroyed EPA, so that it may rebuild itself and actually do its job.