Let me preface this blog post with my presuppositions. I am looking at mankind from a Christian worldview. That is my starting point. So I believe that we, as a whole and individually, are morally bankrupt. We have limited to no good deeds/thoughts that we come up with on our own. We are self-centered and believe that what we believe is right, even if it means that a high percentage of others disagree with us. We love ourselves and look out for our own over the benefit of the community.
The definition of a parasite doing a quick google search reads: “an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense.”
It is further defined by merriam-webster.com as “something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return”.
Do you see where I am going with this yet?
This will be a short post. My thoughts on why people are parasites, even farmers:
1. Even for farmers we are not living and working cooperatively with the natural flow of creation. A forage based farm would fall inline with non-parasitic behavior, but tearing up the soil, creating rows and rows of single food plants, adding chemicals in their various forms, the violence of harvest machinery, the processing of the food, etc… are parasitic actions. We are deriving a benefit at the host’s expense.
2. What about fishermen and hunters? The verdict is still out on this one. I do not know of many, if any, benefits to eating red meat. If you look at the Biblical list of acceptable meat to eat then you will find yourself eliminating a lot of food that is on the menu today. Personally, I believe we were intended to be foraging herbivores. See this link for a caveat to raw vegetarians getting excessive amounts of cavities. I am definitely a meat eater. But is there a way to eat meat without being like the predators of the wild who go out and stalk and kill their prey? Does it matter? Our interaction with meat is violent at best and parasitic beast mode at its worst. For most of us we get our meat at the grocery store. Do me a favor and do a search for meat processing plants for your favorite food chain. Look at how they get their meat and then form an opinion about this paragraph. Here is part 2 of a pig processing plant. My take away is two-fold – first, it is very clean and orderly; and second, how does anyone not go crazy working on a production line – especially when it means handling blood and guts all day?
3. Our cultures are definitely not geared towards sustainable, earth-healing/renewing living. Just about every aspect of my life in some way abuses the earth. Even in other countries I have been to (Iraq, Kuwait, Mexico, Philippines, Australia, South Korea, Texas), I have not seen practices that are consistent with the foragers lifestyle. And even though there is a lot of fruit picking happening in the Philippines, the rest of their practices are Western based consumerism at its finest.
I don’t think I have a point four right now. This is all new for me. I don’t know if I will change my lifestyle as a result of these thoughts either. After all, I am a parasite. What do I care?