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An argument for slavery

September 23, 2014

I was just reading an article here about the argument for slavery in the United States.  The following selections came from such article:

1. The defenders of slavery included economics, history, religion, legality, social good, and even humanitarianism, to further their arguments.

2. Defenders of slavery argued that slavery had existed throughout history and was the natural state of mankind.

3. Defenders of slavery noted that in the Bible, Abraham had slaves. . . . Jesus never spoke out against it.

4. Defenders of slavery argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and chaos.

5. Defenders of slavery turned to the courts, who had ruled, with the Dred Scott Decision, that all blacks — not just slaves — had no legal standing as persons in our courts — they were property . . .

6. Some slaveholders believed that African Americans were biologically inferior to their masters. During the 1800s, this argument was taken quite seriously, even in scientific circles.

We all know today that none of these reasons are justifiable.  That in fact, this is crazy talk especially the last reason.  All of us today would be adamantly opposed to slavery. And yet back then, this was the norm, this was acceptable, this was mainstream, this was the culture. If you were against slavery you were seen as a deviant and your life could be in danger.  How could this be possible?  How could so many people be convinced to participate in something that was so terribly terribly wrong?

Compare the following justifications to the justifications for slavery above:

1.  The defenders of farming and eating animals include economics, history, religion, legality, social good, and even humanitarianism, to further their arguments.

2. The defenders of farming and eating animals argue that these things have always existed throughout history and is the natural state of mankind.

3. Defenders of farming and eating animals note that it is in the Bible.

4.  Defenders of farming and eating animals argue that if the animals were freed there would be widespread chaos from freeing them and loss of jobs in that industry.

5.  Defenders of farming and eating animals turn to courts, who have ruled that animals are property.  Animals are a commodity.  Sick animals may be considered trash and placed into the trash while still alive, legally.  Or they may be fed directly into a grinder while still alive if they need to be disposed of.

6.  Defenders of farming and eating animals believe that animals are inferior.

When we wonder why, how slavery could have existed on the level that it did and how people could accept it, believe it was ok, look the other way, believe that black people were not human . . . this is how.  The ability to buy into horrific practices of any culture exists in all of us, every one of us.  All of us are susceptible to it.

Culture creates belief systems that are based on economics and power and not on truth.  This creates discrimination and when enough people are indoctrinated to accept something, the psychology of being human flips a switch inside of which we are unaware.

We allow the culture to dictate to us right from wrong and to fracture who we really are inside leaving only some allowable bits intact and destroying the rest.  The culture creates a cognitive dissonance which causes us to form a conformational bias.  What this means is that instead of acting on our beliefs, what we know to be true, we instead change our beliefs and reject truth so that we do not have to change our actions.  This is what the culture wants you to do.

“I once read about a monster called the Extractor, that lived off people’s souls. Only, the thing was, the Extractor ate a person’s soul in their sleep over a 16 year period. Like it would nibble off a crumb every night, until there wasn’t anything left. So a person had no way to realize what was going on. They just had this vague sense that something was slowly disappearing.” – A quote from the movie Special

An example of dissonance (a belief that is not in harmony with our actions which creates psychological discomfort) turning to conformational bias (creating a false truth to relieve the discomfort) is someone who attends a fundraiser for a local animal shelter and purchases a hot dog for sale there believing that the purchase is going to a good cause.  The hot dog is made from animals who come from the most profoundly horrific and abusive of circumstances.

To eat a hot dog, while simultaneously supporting the belief that animal abuse is wrong and, worse, believing that we are helping animals by eating that hot dog requires us to discriminate against animals, to devalue animals as living beings and to turn them into a property, a commodity, a product and as one person told me ‘a material good’.

The animals in the hot dog are the same as the dogs and cats we want to help but culture has taught us they are not.  This is no different from when culture taught folks back in the day that a black person was not a person but a commodity, a thing to be owned, and that therefore it was ok to mistreat, abuse and even murder them.

There is no greater human psychological disconnect than the belief that we are doing something good while simultaneously participating in the very evil that we believe we are doing good for.

I would like to believe that if I were alive during the time of slavery in the United States that I would have been an abolitionist.

But I am alive during a time of slavery in the United States and I am an abolitionist of modern day slavery.

It is time to take a stand against slavery, not just some forms of slavery, but all forms of slavery.

It is time to stop tolerating discrimination, not just some forms, but all forms.

It is time to stop using the same excuses and making the same justifications for harming other living beings.  If we would not do to a dog what we do to pigs then this is the fracture that the culture has created in us if we still eat pigs or other animal products.

Just as every human is a human, every animal is an animal.  Most important:  every life is a life.

The way we think about a pig is not the way a pig is.  It is the way the culture wants us to think.  The culture selects which animals we will think of as meat and which ones we will not.  The culture selected which humans we thought of as slaves and which we did not.

Meat is a euphemism.  It is a culturally created word designed to hide the truth.  It is necessary to help us to discriminate against the animals that are eaten.  Do stores sell ‘meat’ where the package said “Dead Cow flesh” or “Dead Pig flesh”?  Has anyone ever had a pet pass away and thought to themselves now I have some “meat” that I better not waste?

The thoughts we have about animals are not our own.  They have been placed there by something else.

The culture has selected how we will respond to the idea of not eating animals.

The culture will have us believe eating vegan is more expensive when it is actually less expensive. That the vegan is a terrible person (just as people who wanted to abolish slavery were thought of as terrible persons back in the day).

The culture will have us believe we won’t get enough protein.  As someone who has studied nutrition for registered dietitians, our textbooks and coursework clearly states that the need for a lot of protein is a myth and detrimental to health.  And also that all protein comes from plants, not animals.  It is only in animals because they ate plants or ate another animal that ate plants.

The culture will have us believe some lives matter less than others.  That some lives are a product or a commodity to be bought and sold and discarded at will.

The culture will have us believe that eating only foods that do not contain animal products are not healthy.  I have been vegan for years.  My hair did not fall out, my nails are not brittle, I am not skinny or weak, and in fact I am healthy in every single way.  I am 46 years old.  I have not been to the doctor except for a physical and a blood test each year to prove I am 100% healthy.  I take no medications and no supplements except for B-12 which is found in unfiltered water and soil – I don’t often eat dirt.

There is no difference in the way people thought then about slavery then to how we think now about animals used for food. If we think it was wrong for them to believe the way they did then we must look at how we believe now.  Understand why they believed what they did.  Because to understand that is to understand ourselves and how we may be doing the exact same thing.  Only then can we rise above culture and act in accordance with who we are inside: a harmony of the true self and our actions towards others.

For how long are we going to recycle the same six excuses for participating in a culture of discrimination and cruelty?

I recently attended a talk featuring Gary Francione.  This really hit home with me, but I must warn this is very upsetting so read with caution.

If we are upset about what Michael Vick did to those dogs (scroll down below for the story) but we are not vegan then why are we upset about what Michael Vick did?  Because what he did represents a tiny fraction of what happened to the animal on our plate.

What reasons justify cruelty?  Are there any good enough?

If not then it is time to throw away the reasons, stop letting the culture define right from wrong, find the strength to be ourselves, the person that stands up for what is right.

The abolitionists did it then and we must continue to do it now.  Slavery still exists.  It still exists in human populations as well.  I focus on animals not because I value them more than humans.  All life has the same value to the being whose life it is. The reason why I write about animals is in this article: just click here.

Remember, if we think our thoughts are our own there is every possibility that they are not.  Successful indoctrination means that the person is not aware of it.

The images the media feeds us about animals are false.  We will learn the truth about their suffering when we research it for ourselves if we have the strength to remove the cultural blinders.  Years of indoctrination make this difficult but I believe we are strong enough. The animals need someone to tell the world please, end our suffering.

That person is you.

Don’t be fooled by propaganda:

-Peace

What Michael Vick Did: CAUTION DISTURBING!!!!

“Several of those dogs were shot; at least two were were hosed down, then electrocuted. Three dogs were hanged, according to a report by the USDA inspector general, “by placing a nylon cord over a 2 x 4 that was nailed to two trees;” three more dogs were drowned “by putting the dogs’ heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water.”

Vick, with his partner, Quanis Phillips, killed yet another dog “by slamming it to the ground several times before it died, breaking the dog’s back or neck.” When another of his dogs was disqualified after jumping out of the ring during a fight, Vick had his associate, Purnell Peace, shoot that dog in the head with a .22 caliber pistol.

When federal officers raided Vick’s property in 2007, they rescued 53 pit bulls. They also found nine pit bull carcasses, took samples of two skeletal remains, collected spent shell casings, syringes, and “pieces of plywood flooring and dry wall covered with dark stains believed to be canine blood.” (Tests later confirmed, yes, the stains were dog blood.)

Other evidence seized from the property included a “rape stand” — a device to which a female dog was strapped, her head fully restrained, so she could be raped by other dogs”

From → Journal, My Journal

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