Published: Nov 21, 2009 by Joe Larabell
The following is an excerpt from an email conversation with a good friend of mine…
That said, I will continue to eat all of the life forms that taste good on this earth. Whether I am liberating some part of them in the process I am not certain, but the eating is good :)
Agreed. Of course, if you consider that predation is part of Nature (and not only among humans), you could make a case that it’s part of the Will of the fish to be eaten. In that way, you’re helping it to fulfill its central purpose. You didn’t think fish were put here just to eat, fuck, and swim around, did you?
Not only that, but if you believe the Buddhist clap-trap about souls being reincarnated as fish as a result of their bad karma, then who are we to decide how that karma was meant to play-out. If you become a fish because of eating too many fish, then you’re supposed to be eaten, no? Eating the fish allows him to balance out his earlier indiscretions and get on with his spiritual evolution.
Anyway, I think the whole purpose of the precepts is to train us to become part of Nature and to do so with full awareness. So if I see a fish walking down the street and I just step on it and kill it with no purpose in mind, I’m not only exhibiting a complete lack of awareness of the cycle of life, I’m also doing something that is not in keeping with the nature of either humans or fish (not to mention passing up the opportunity to cash in on the world’s first walking fish show ;-).
If I kill for food, even if the fish happens to look me in the eye with short-term disdain, I can inform him with some degree of confidence that, in the long run, his death was pre-ordained simply by the fact that he’s a fish and humans happen to EAT fish.
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