Magic Trixter FoX

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

While the Earth remaineth...

While the Earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, shall not cease.  The Earth shall remain.  Even in destroyals, She remains.  She changes.  The Earth cannot be wholly stripped away.  So long as it remaineth, then, She is preserved.  That is what this promise teaches: that Earth shall not decay.  So long as she remains, she will be abundantly blessed with Seedtimes, and Harvests.  So long as Earth shall remain, there shall be Seeds and Harvests.  There is no Earth prophesied where the vegetable life forms cease to reproduce.  Plant life will live along with the Earth, until Her very last day.  But since plant life preserves the Earth, we must assume that A + B = C.  A permanently vegetative Planet can do nothing but Remain.  The Earth shall Remain.

Remnant, magic remnant.  In every world destroyal a remnant is preserved.  This remnant renews the whole.  Noah was saved, a remnant.  And in him the whole Earth was renewed.

Doubt the naysayers who insit the World Shall End.  The World shall change.  Shall be renewed.  A Remnant Shall Remain.

Into the New Earth that is emerging, into the Rediscovered Garden, into the Flesh of Eden, may We Remain.  May We, the human race, be in the Remnant.  May the Man and the Fox and the Dolphin and the Whale Remain together.  May the Trees not perish, the Rivers not fail, the Herbs not cease Abundance.  May life grow, and bless, abundify the Earth.  May She be Replenished.  May Life Breathe Anew.

This is a call, this is an awakening.  These are magic words to unite the flow, unite the Energies, unite the Universe.  You may sing them with me.  You may sing them All Creation.  Abundify the Earth!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What We Do to Meat

Eating Meat is not bad.  Its what we do to it.
From the very beginning of the process until the end... Consider the way we farm and raise raise meat. The fact that it is inhumane isn't even the point, though of course it is very inhumane.
You can kill an animal for food and there is nothing wrong with that. We are a partially predatory species and hunting is in our Nature, our genes. But to raise an animal in conditions of abject suffering -- to speed up their lifestyles with hormones and to confine them in steel factories devoid of any Natural light... To raise an entire generation without providing them a single comfort... Not even a noiseless place to sleep where they are free from the prospect of mutilation... Where they are not allowed to have families... Where chickens are artificially hatched by machines instead of hens! Where calves suckle metal arms instead of their mother's teats! And then to kill them... not with a bullet but with a CONVEYOR BELT!!! Where they aren't even given the option to skip away or put up a fight but where their legs are tied and they are automatically moved towards a grisly, mangling death. Where they are splattered with the blood of the Animal in front of them before they themselves die...

Besides this, we are stripping the Earth itself of its vegetative cover in order to raise enough grain to feed these Animals! To mass-produce them in far greater numbers than they would naturally exist! Slaughter every cow and chicken currently in the system, today, but then stop, and you wouldn't see me shed a single tear for the removal of these animals. Cows and chickens are so plentious that they are literally a vermin that is eating the planet to death. We could eat the crops we are raising for them and have more than half our acres back for parks, for clean air, for recreation. So much more wealth would be available in the economy. We could pay back the national debt with the money we saved on dropping the meat industry.

And then, if you get a craving for meat, by all means, please go out into the Woods and kill something! Since there are more Woods at this point (having recovered them from farms), there are more Animals, and you may have your pick! I would not even bother to make you get a hunting license! Kill as much as you can eat! Fish to your heart's content! Heck, raise a cow or chicken of your own if you really like the taste of beef and poultry specifically... But why ruin the economy, bankrupt the government and maintain the torture of millions of unnecessary cattle just to have a burger on every block.... Millions of which are thrown away every day into dumpsters, half eaten and often wholly uneaten.

With the situation this bad, every ONE person who chooses to give up meat even ONE meal per week... is making a significant change for the better. Why go all the way?? Every action counts.

I, personally, care enough about this issue to go ALL THE WAY. I lack discipline... I am not a saint after all, just an idealist. I have my own tastes. I like McDonald's double cheeseburgers, of all things, although I hate myself after wasting the money on such a cheap thrill. So I am not there yet, but I am evolving. I am training myself to depend on less. I am cultivating new tastes. I am trying new things. I am not looking for the ONE BEST WAY TO LIVE. I am trying to look for A BETTER WAY. My way.

So far, I know that VEGAN > VEGETARIAN > any other number of small steps, ranging from the one who only eats fish to the one who only eats fish & poultry to the one who eats all of it, but no pork, to the guy who eats as wide a range as possible but seldom.

I want my diet, my clothing, my electronic usage, the type of transportation I use, etc., etc., etc., all to reflect my ethic of treating the Earth right. Of being a GOOD STEWARD.

Don't you?

A Better Way to Eat

I think there is a better way to eat than the way we normally eat.  Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, there is always a better way to eat.  Part of being a responsible human is eating RIGHT... But that is nonsense.  There are a thousand diets and a thousand lifestyles, and there is no RIGHT way to eat.  There are just better and worse ways.  I can identify several eating choices that would be better than the one I am currently observing, and it is my goal to move toward better eating.  But I would not be foolish enough to say I knew what the BEST way is to eat.  I can just look for a better way, and move toward it when I think I've found it.  And that's really all any of us can do.  We're all trying to eat better in our own ways, and over time we have started to realize kind of what works and what doesn't.  And that's the whole way people make diets, by selecting different eating strategies, turning them into rules, and then calling them This or That Diet.

Rather than prescribing a diet, I would like to talk to you about better and worse eating strategies, and from them, if you, like me, are trying to learn a better way to eat, then perhaps you would benefit from some of the ones I have identified.  Or perhaps you could leave some eating strategies of your own in the comments below, because I am interested.

EATING A LOT is generally considered to be a poor eating strategy.  For one thing, its expensive.  For another, it makes you overweight.  In our culture, overweight not only means unhealthy it also sometimes cruelly is interpreted to mean uncool or even ugly.  I think coolness and beauty are both qualities of the spirit, but I do think it is best not to be overweight if you can help it, because overweight people have less energy and cannot enjoy as much of life, because life is action.

EATING FAST FOOD is a horrible way to eat because the food is of questionable quality, very messy, and society's most fattening.

EATING FRUIT is an excellent strategy because fruit is ridiculously cheap, available everywhere from farmer's markets to convenience stores to FOR FREE in certain trees that you can find in many parks and public places.  Fruit is nutritious and unbelievably delicious.  Fruit doesn't have to be prepared but can be eaten raw, at the ready, most times even unpeeled.

EATING ORGANIC is an excellent strategy because organic food is of the highest quality both nutritiously and taste wise.  Organic, however, can be expensive, which in my book lowers the excellence of the strategy by several degrees.  Each person must balance out for themselves whether the pros of organic outweigh the cons, but I have estimated in favor of organic food - whenever I can afford it.

THROWING FOOD AWAY is a horrible eating strategy.  Food production rates are unsustainably high throughout the world, and in some cases, food itself is still scarce.  This contradicts logic, until you take into account the stockpiling of food and the wasting of food by the wealthiest nations, and the wealthiest individuals within those nations.  But seriously, NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE EATING, even if it is the greasiest, most unhealthy burger, please do not throw it away unless it is for real needing to be thrown away or will be a health risk.

EATING LEFTOVERS saves you prep times, saves you money, saves the Planet from the Scourge of Food Overproduction.

FOREGOING MEAT, whether altogether or even just one meal a week.  Opting for a bagel with cream cheese instead of a sausage biscuit.  Having a cheese quesadilla instead of a chicken quesadilla.  This is an excellent eating strategy because meat is high in fats, low in energy, makes you complicit in the killing of an Animal who had a life of its own, and is EXPENSIVE.  The human body, biologically, requires not a single nutrient that cannot be supplied by a vegetarian diet.  Even so-called "animal proteins" are manufactured naturally by your own body given the right plant ingredients in your diet.

EATING STUFF YOU HUNTED YOURSELF is a good strategy if you really have a meat craving.  Fishing and hunting are both enjoyable activities, they get you out in Nature, and plus, you will have an appreciation for the food you are eating that McDonald's could never duplicate.  Plus, food you killed yourself is FREE.

EATING LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD is an excellent strategy because you are helping out your friends and neighbors involved in the production, which makes everybody think you're a helluva fella.  It makes you a bit of an expert on local tastes and eating joints and farmers and just what's up in your community.  It makes you an interesting conversationalist.  Its good for the Environment because chances are your 'local farmer' isn't deforesting vast acres to run his factory meat mill.  Also, food produced locally doesn't have to be loaded on diesel-consuming trucks and carted all over the Nation instead of eaten by the people next door to it.  So, less gas.  Less pollution.  Less corporate bullcrap.  BETTER TASTE.  Cuz there's nothing like the taste of stuff that grows in your own state's dirt.

DRINKING WATER is an excellent strategy because WATER can be found in abundance, FOR FREE!!!!!  Get a bottle, fill up at a water fountain or at your own tap!  Keep it with you!  Next time you are thirsty, you won't have to stop for a Coke!  Cokes are expensive and unhealthy and after a while they start to lose their taste.  If you are the kind of person who has been drinking a soda for the past year just about everyday, I GUARANTEE YOU that you have lost the ability to taste that soda, and simply haven't noticed the loss.  For proof, go without it for a week, then come back and take a gulp.  It will shock you to rediscover the original taste that you had forgotten about.  So really... if you aren't even tasting Coca Cola when you drink it habitually, why are you wasting the money and empty calories?

LIMITING DAIRY is a good idea, too.  In my own mind I think of vegans as the saints of the Human Food Chain.  I aspire to be one of them as I once was before.  (I am a fallen-from-grace vegan).  But you don't have to give up all dairy to make a difference!  Limit it.  Because dairy is also costly, often high in fat, and has a large carbon footprint.

EATING FOR FREE is an amazing strategy, because chances are, if it is available for free, that means it is not in high demand, and stands a chance of being thrown away.  Refer to above to see that throwing food away is a horrible eating strategy.  These days, any dollar you save on food and put into savings will help out your future ENORMOUSLY.  The economy has never been more unsound so why waste money on food when you can get it for free?

Where can you get food for free?
     -- If you find it in Nature (like growing on a Tree in a park).  Looking at a few field guides will identify countless species for you, then all you have to do is look while having a pleasant walk in the Woods.
     -- If it is about to be thrown away by less scrupulous persons.  (This happens ALL THE TIME.)  Your friends aren't finishing their food at the restaurant and they aren't asking for a box... Swallow your pride and ask for the box!  Also, ask around and you may find out that a local restaurant throws away its unpurchased food at a certain time each day or each week.  There is nothing wrong with the food, and they may give it to you.  A place at the college I graduated from does this, and they have good food, well-packaged, and they actually give people a chance to take it off their hands before they throw it away.
      -- At a friend or relative's house!  And no, I am not talking about being a freeloader.  If you eat food that someone else gives you, you should be polite and return the favor.  But if you are, in fact, having a short month, that is the very best time to go over to someone's house for dinner!  I am sure they will not mind.

For some people, getting food for free is unfortunately the only way they can get food, or at least, food in the quantities they require.  These folks have been led to eat straight out of trash cans, which is certainly not ideal, but nevertheless, can sustain them.  And there are soup kitchens.  And if there's not, there needs to be.  If you really want to make a difference, volunteer or contribute to one some time.  And then you can use them if you ever need them, without feeling the slightest twinge of guilt, or of feeling like you are getting a handout.

Eating insects.  The fact remains, eating cows, chickens, and pigs, as they are currently produced in the United States Meat Industry, is such a destructive process that truly, eating insects is a much better strategy.  1,417 different species of arthropod are edible to humans, all are more nutritious than eating mammals or birds.  The idea sounds strange but people of 300 different cultures all have insects as a normal part of their diet... And even in the West certain insect dishes are considered delicacies.  Honey, for God's sake, is an insect product, and its downright delicious, and there's nothing weird about it.  Insects can be found in the Wild, for FREE, if you are ever in a pickle and have no money for food.

Just a few thoughts, friends.  Munch on them and digest them and then leave something behind for me.