I really miss not posting yesterday. I got highjacked by the vicissitudes of life a few days ago, and have finally broken free. Happy Valentine’s Day. May you experience the love this day symbolizes every day of your life.
I’ve been thinking about vegetarianism the last few weeks, and all the issues it can bring forward. Some people seem to think it’s not good to eat meat because animals have souls and should not be killed. But what about plants? Do they not have souls?
What I read in “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, made me ask some questions along these lines. In the book, I learned that plants are sensitive to their environment, including the people in it. Some interesting experiments were conducted in which plants were connected to a polygraph and were observed leaning toward people who treated them kindly and away from people who treated them unkindly. It was noted that they actually made little plant screeches when someone approached them with scissors. The experiments are considered to be pseudoscience by some. But what if they aren’t?
After much rumination on the subject, I have come to the following conclusion. I don’t know whether being highly sensitive to their environment means plants have souls or not. To me, that’s not the point. The point is that we live in a predator-prey environment. Every creature eats another creature. Humans are the top predators in the food chain. Therefore, humans can eat whatever they want. We are not the biggest, but we are the baddest, if you subscribe to the paradigm of raw power.
This situation is not pretty or sweet or kind. It just is, like Spirit just is. I think Native Americans had the right idea. Treat everything on earth with respect, including the animals and plants we kill and eat.
What are your thoughts?
Live your purpose every day.
- Plants concerned Inputs and Outputs (aainter3.wordpress.com)