Thursday, August 12, 2010

A little introduction and explaination for this nifty new blog:

Why is it titled "Life Among Carnivores"?

-Because even if you can make a good argument that humans were supposed to eat other animals, most people consume WAAAAY more animal flesh than they should. Also, a lot of people really do see themselves as carnivores and revere the predatory nature of most meat eating animals and seek to emulate them. This blog is about living among those types of people.
The title was also inspired by Living Among Meat Eaters by  Carol J. Adams.

What about the description, "Surviving the predatory resistance to the vegan lifestyle?"

-"Predatory resistance" refers to the tendency of some meat eating people to single out non-meat eating people as targets for ridicule, resentment, harassment and sabotage because of their own visceral aversion and rejection to (without a full understanding of) those who live differently than they do. Also, as stated above, a lot of people identify with predators more than other human beings.
Incidences which might fall under the category of "predatory resistance" include, but are not limited to:
*Finding out a friend/coworker/family member is vegetarian/vegan and actively seeking out to sabotage their meals by covertly adding animal products to them without their knowledge.
*Constantly keeping an eye out for when a vegan/vegetarian friend/coworker/family member accidentally consumes an animal product and likes it so they can take the opportunity to prove that their vegan/vegetarian friend really does want to eat animal products.
*Seeking out vegans/vegetarians specifically for the purpose of having a debate about food and diet and telling them why they're wrong (the reverse of which vegetarians/vegans are often accused of themselves).
*Purposefully making loud, verbose assessments of the juicy, bloody, delicious animal flesh they are consuming at the time, but ONLY IF there is a vegan/vegetarian in the vicinity.

1 comment:

  1. 'Also, a lot of people really do see themselves as carnivores and revere the predatory nature of most meat eating animals and seek to emulate them.'

    Ha, only when it's convenient to them and helps them justify some unsustainable element of their existence. In every other venue of human life they seek to disconnect from their animal nature at all costs (see Religion).

    And for a cathartic subversion of the predatory carnivore trope, I recommend Michael Tobias' Rage and Reason; meat-eaters get a minor taste (by which I mean, a few parts per billion in comparison) of what animals are subjected to. Of course, the sheer numbers can never be evened out, nor can even those few human victims of the violent, militant vegan from the story understand the horror of life from birth in a system of mechanized, abiotic, industrial hell such as "livestock" (the second syllable seemingly cancels out the first in most minds) are put through, billions and billions of times over.