Life: Evolution's Precious Gift

Taking Life gratuitously is murder

Live and let live...
Live and let live...

Life: This brief dance is all we have.

Surely if an all-powerful and benign being - a god - had created this universe, he or she would have devised a better method of feeding than the predator/prey method of finding sustenance. So much suffering is the result of one creatures having to die, usually in agony, in order that another may live.

The falcon drops from the sky on the wood pigeon, its steely claws and beak sinking into the victim's flesh, one that perhaps has its own chicks waiting forlornly for a mother that will never return. The lion breaks the neck of the wildebeest or gazelle, the unborn progeny dying as the mother's heat leaves her carcass and the invasive fangs tear into the small body in her womb.

Mankind hardly hunts any more for his meals, but we breed untold millions of sheep, beef-cattle, pigs and chickens, which never see maturity before the slaughterhouse becomes their last address. These poor, peaceful and harmless animals smell their own deaths well before the killer bolt enters their brain, or their throats are cut in rural farms.

I would ask this supreme force why couldn't we have been made with digestive systems that only needed plant life? OK, you say, but plants have life too, is there any difference in grazing on grass or depriving a tree, or its produce?

Then why has not our god designed animals that live on fresh air, rocks, minerals, water...anything that obviates the need to end the days of a fellow creature...he‘s the almighty, no? He can do anything!

Life. If a deity is not responsible, but it was only the chance meeting of two particles in the primeval soup which began the evolution and the end result of millions of complex creatures, all living - in one way or another - on their neighbours flesh; if this be true and taking other life is unavoidable, then surely it should be seen as the most heinous crime to take a creature’s life gratuitously.?

Life. If it is true that there is one life only; no after-life, no heaven, no paradise stocked with milk and honey and willing virgins; this magic experience under the panoply of the limitless universe, in green lands, mountains, river and seas; this mere moment of love, birth, art, music, dance and desire. This waking dream that we all too often throw away in its entirety like despots, yet guard - moment to moment - as if every second was prized more than all the precious jewels in the firmament. If this is all, then surely the creatures of the planet, too, from the tiniest insect to the most majestic elephant, has the right to live out its life unthreatened by man.

This is why I can no longer take a life except in defence of my own of that of my family. I catch the spider in a glass and let it back into the world; I just watch as the wasp flies around my head and soon returns to the open window. I will do anything short of harming another motorist to avoid the squirrels, pheasants and deer which dash across the road in breeding season, their own humble lives full of plans for nests and how to catch food for their young.

I watch in horror as whales are harpooned - still, despite all the work done by conservation groups - as great African mammals are shot and ripped apart to satisfy the sale of their horns and organs to a market frequented by brain-dead Orientals.

Here in the UK I watch cynically as red-faced and brandy soaked twats of privilege put pressure on their buddies now in power to get fox-hunting legalized again.

This week I listen with despair as the “animal loving” Britain plans a “badger-cull” to murder millions of these inoffensive and charming country dwellers in their “sets,” using doubtful statistics about bovine TB to back the assassination.

We all die: the creatures, and man, supposed to be the highest in terms of intelligence. But we are practically the only animal to gratuitously take life: for unneeded food, for sport, to satisfy our own blood lust.

I don’t believe in all powerful beings responsible for life on Earth, or anything metaphysical It’s a shame in one way, though, that a god, a heavenly gate and a judgement day is not the end we all face. We would have a whole lot to answer for.

..All been said before, a million times, a million ways and the mindless murder rages on...Hey Ho...

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Susan S Spencer 4 years ago from UK

The last time I tied myself to a tree... My entire family are 'hunters', and fully paid up members of the brandy soaked twat brigade. They are pro fox hunting, badger baiting, cock fighting, you name it - they're it. I have rarely seen my father without a gun on his arm and a dog by his side, and there was never a time when our home was not filled with the carcasses of freshly gutted wild animals. I never ate at home, and at age 12, refused to eat meat altogether. I have been totally meat-free ever since. I broke away from my family at a very young age, as I found I did not fit into the huntin' fishin' and farmin' mould, and this caused much contention. 30 years on my father and brother still keep an arsenal of shotguns, and dogs which are so vicious they need to be continually caged. I have been an animal rights campaigner for many years, and yes, I have joined protests and rallies, and even tied myself to a tree on a couple of occasions, but as you quite rightly said - it's all been said a million times before and blah de blah and life goes on. I'm going to shut up now or I will never get off this rant. Excellent hub, voted up/awesome/tweeted - thank you for sharing. S


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

The only way I can deal with death is to see it the native American way. There is a circle of life. Nothing is ever really dead. Everything just changes form.


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PETER LUMETTA 4 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Bob this lament for life is very touching. There are so many things that puzzle me, so many. This is the most puzzling of all. There is no logic or religion that professes the killing of other species let alone our own. Some cultures like the Native Americans respected life and put the animals that were their prey on an equal footing with them or higher and thanked them for giving them life. But we civilized societies treat life as a commodity to be used and abused at our leasure. I am so sorry,

Peter


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Joyus Crynoid 4 years ago from Eden

I'm with you Diogenes--well said.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I must say, I love your first sentence: "Life: This brief dance is all we have"! (Reminded me of asking death for advice lol!)

Yes, I agree that the problem is with the "red-faced and brandy soaked twats of privilege" - maybe we can reintroduce the guillotine for a season, so to speak - just for them since they are privileged.

On our animal cousins ... I prohibit from taking any form of life as well, be it a tiny spider or a raccoon which doesn't know how to use the pedestrian cross-point.

I am also trying to cut-back on meat as much as possible. I do like my meat but I realize it isn't necessary and I can do without it - I just gotta cook a little differently when I do not use meat.

Great blog Mr. Diogenes! Thank you for writing it.

(By the way is there a "Occupy London" protest yet? - I am happy to announce that "Occupy Toronto" starts this coming-up Friday. Cheers!)

May Wakan Tanka always walk with you.


diogenes 4 years ago

Thanks for commnents, guys. We're held by evolution's steely grip to consume as we do. I suppose the answer is to be a vegetarian, that gives the least pain to other life. At least a cabbage doesn't have a sympathetic nervous system. The only protest in London involves breaking windows and looting...Bob


writeronline 4 years ago

Nice work, Bob. I've always marvelled at the courage of the hunter, venturing into the wilderness, (or in England, the hedgerow..)looking to tame the mighty beast.

What I wonder more about though, is what it would be like if the animals had the weapons? The fish doesn't get hooked, instead he hooks you and pulls you into his domain, just to watch you drown. The stag whips out his crossbow and sends a bolt straight to your heart, oops, missed, no matter, he can snap a couple of digipics to send his mates while you bleed out. The elephant stuns you with his tazer, doesn't want to kill you, prefers to slowly crush the life out of you with his foot on your chest while his buddies chainsaw off your extremities...

As you say, taking life in order to survive is part of evolution. But why is murder the exclusive preserve of the alleged top dog of the evolutionary food chain?


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi WOL: Your last paragraph summarizes one of the £64,000 questions to me. We surely can't escape the dictates of evolution, so survival must come into it. Perhaps the dinosaurs enjoyed the same kind of domination.

Our cortex gives us too many opportunities to diversify perhaps: both for good and for bad. I really can't answer this and need to think about it. Cats do the same, of course, as does the fox in the chicken run...maybe it's just because we can...dominance, power...Good comments...Bob


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funmontrealgirl 4 years ago from Montreal

Very well written and I completely agree. If you have been to some farms, it's pretty cruel.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi funmo...I read some reports about the chicken packing industry in the States recently which turned my stomach. It seems so much worse over there than in Europe, which is callous enough. But reports of factory workes laughing as they jumped on these poor, poor creatures and threw them against the wall, etc. I wrote about it and there was quite a furore...but I bet nothing changed much...Bob


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Bob, I don't want to debate on the right or wrong here, as a meat eater I've no footing past I don't indulge in mass slaughter [commercial meat]. If there is blood letting I do it myself. A Genesis states we are responsible for each drop of blood that we cause to fall to the earth, all forms of life are given the same as human life. I wrote a hub about Noah, the Apaches and me. It caused me to take pause and recognize just what we do. Those of us who quota hunt to keep animals from over populating their food source are we as guilty as those who deforest for business or condominiums taking the grass land from them allowing or causing them to starve to death miserably in winter? I consider a good single instant shot and then wasting nothing more humane. I agree there are horn hunters, I've seen the carcass bloated in the sun stripped of its cape and head for a mount in a den. I'm not part of that group, I donate animals to hunters for the hungry. There are ways to look at this and I've too much respect for you to disregard your intent here as it is well presented and properly aimed at "horse mounted twats chasing a prior caged bunch of Fox released to let dogs track them in a run for their lives and then scatter guns used to kill what will be left to the dogs to dismember, I fail to see the sport. I hunt big game as a means to feed my house, not much joy in it, it is quite the job processing it for storage and consumption. I don't find sport in it at all as for small game hunters who have no stomach for blood and gut happily drop them off for me to do. Then with audacity like they have done e a favor ask to come back and pick up a rabbit or two in payment after they are prepared. I tell them take the lot with you and partake in the full experience as I prepare no meat for hire, either your giving me your dead rabbits or your taking them, just not both.

Great hub of our responsibilities meat does not come in plastic wrap, some one puts it there.

Peace, dusty


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HRoger 4 years ago from Online where I can be!

Great Hub Diogenes, truly some deep feelings shared among sincere words. We all look and wonder why couldn't so many things be different? I believe the same way we wonder why do kids kill their parents, why parents kill their kids, why so much slaughter among human beings, why so much hate?? Why the massacre in poor distant countries in so many nations?

I see all those things as things that should have not existed but they do. The same way man turns to create veraciously just wanting to kill and feed himself as the same way everything else is happening around the world.

God did create a world in peace where in the beginning everything was perfect. But as sin entered the world and man's free will took over emotions and feelings everything else got affected. But in all honesty I also wish everything was different, with true peace among all nations, creatures and people.

Take care friend, thanks for such interesting Hub..

God Bless.

Roger


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Dusty. None of us are innocent, if that's the word to use. Evolution made us into predators and your way of hunting is the best animals can expect in an imperfect world. Bob

Hi Roger. A god doesn't have any answers for me for the reasons stated in my article. I just can't take "He has his reasons" to explain all the misery and pain in the world. That's the political reply of the dictator/despot. Just shut 'em up so I can carry on the mischief. How can we postulate that a god may be good in the long run if no individual benefits in the short term? Thanks for visit...Bob


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

I fully agree with you, Bob. When you read between the lines all these bible stories are so conveniently put together to explain the things that happened. I can't accept that. The only way of life making sense are the Native Americans. The so self convinced and self glorified white man should have and still should learn from them. As for these brainless lot we have got at the moment surely God is absent.

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