A woman posts a photograph of herself with a whitetail deer she harvested. Below the photo she thanks another female hunter for being a role model and giving other women the courage to reach their goals. I consider the photograph and the statement a positive for not only females, but people everywhere because it shows them they can set goals and reach them.
In no time at all, the woman who posted the photograph starts getting hate mail from other women. One posted:
“I truly hope that one day in your heart of hearts you will come to understand that these animals lives are as precious to them as your lives are to you. Do you think you are superior to them? And if you are superior in intelligence etc wouldn’t it be better to take the opportunity to be kind and protective to each of these creatures rather than killing them. But also you are harming yourselves because if you really look deeply you will see that everything we do always comes back to us, one way or another. There is no escape from the eventual repercussions of our actions. No-one can escape this natural law. Vanity and hardheartedness and grasping are long term causes of misery and suffering to us, it is a terrible trap. It takes courage to turn our backs on how we have been thinking and acting and to really dig deep in facing what we are really doing and the lies we are using to ourselves and others to justify our deeply harmful actions. Please try to free yourselves from this cycle of harm.”
Ignoring either this poster does not know grammar or she believes that people have multiple lives, I chose to address this as:
1. Unless you live in a cave without fire or clothing (two of the three essential needs of humans), you are making a carbon foot print that is equal if not more than harvesting an animal for food. Since the poster posted on the internet via an electronic device, we know she is not doing so.
2. Whether you have always lived your life as an herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore, everything you eat was at one point a living organism and who is to say that the life of a cauliflower is any less important than the life of a deer or squirrel or rabbit? If you eat berries, you are eating what the plant put out to perpetuate the species and preventing it from doing so. If you eat wheat, you are eating the seed needed to continue the wheat field.
3. Before you judge others, you need to make sure your own life is free of sins against mankind and the planet. If it is not, it is best to work on your own flaws before pointing out the flaws of others.
4. I looked up the person’s profile and they live in a large city wearing clothes and have what appears to be an apartment. All of these facts are contributing to a large carbon foot print. This means that they are not living a righteous life while telling others to get right with nature. I think people who judge others while ignoring their own flaws has less of a soul than one who lives their life while not hiding their flaws.
That’s all I’ll say on that.