Killing a living creature be it a bird or animal is violence
then why is cutting vegetation for food not a violent act since even plants have life?
Plants were created for food. If they don't put up a fight, we probably shouldn't worry.
It is a violent act to kill anything at all; all life is sacred. But it's our curse that we must kill others in order to survive. Therefore we're to choose the plants god designated for us to sacrifice to him, then to consume. Animals are sentient beings with souls, and to kill them for our pleasure is to miss the message of God and compassion for all life.
I wrote a hub: http://faceless39.hubpages.com/hub/God-Is-A-Vegetarian
Yes it is! Native Americans asked permission from God to take an animal's life. They apologized to the victim for being in such a pathetic condition as to have to kill to survive. They sent the animal's spirit home with a somber prayer and a song of thanks. Plants may be more intelligent than we think. I am afraid we have lost touch with the divinity of the creation.
I have to approach this question first from the use of the word "violence." The dictionary defines the term as an intense, injurious, and unjust act. The reason I'm approaching my answer this way is because I have encountered this question stated just this way many times. If you're asking if the act of violence towards any living thing, implying nothing but destructive intention, is wrong I would answer without hesitation, "yes." I could go into my reasons but they would be based on my philosophical point of view which could take pages. I'll spare you that.
It really is a conundrum, especially when you consider the food chain of life on this planet. No matter which way complex organisms turn, they are forced to kill to eat and thus survive. This is the way life evolved on this planet and I personally see no need to involve ethics into the natural act of sustaining existence in this wheel of death and renewal.
As a human being, I do believe our treatment of other living beings should be done with a sense of self-responsibility and compassion, including the necessary killing of animals and vegetation as we support our own link in the food chain. Don't take more than you need and give a bit of appreciation to what are you taking is the philosophy I was raised with and I agree with it.
Depends where you draw the line I suppose. The definition of violence is "the use of physical force to apply a state to others contrary to their wishes." So if you consider others to be animals or plants I suppose that is for you to decide. But plants aren't sentient and as such have no "wishes," they don't reason, have complex thought that allows them to understand they are being harmed or have consciousness as we know it.
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This I found on your profile information and to most of your questions my answer would be...Are you bored?
If so, please use your imagination for writing something great, instead of asking lots of 'weird questions'. As I understand, the question section is to come up with new ideas for new Hubs.
I'd like to read your new work, inspired by one of your questions maybe. I'll be happy to comment and help you out as a writer, instead of spending all this time in answering all of your questions.
Rajan, it is a valid question.
How we rationalize this is by 'sentience'. Not 'sentence' like stringing a bunch of words together; but sentience as in the ability of a living thing to feel or be conscious.
We could make an argument that vegetation might be sentient, but it's a stretch.
In ancient times, humans had to eat whatever they could pick, kill or scavenge.
The modern world has the skils and ability of eliminate killing animals and using them for food. But it is not going to happen.
I was told by a poultry farmer (I know that this was your business) that the chickens he raises go from egg to Kentucky Fried Chicken in the short span of about eight weeks. Based on your experience, is this so?
If every meat eater on the planet had to perform the act of looking an animal in the eye before the axe I believe we would be telling a different story. We can harvest many different types of food without harming the host...the apple or the egg??? milkshake earthquake
Man is the most violent of all animals and always has been.
We are one of the few animals that kill without necessity, for pleasure or sport or to rid ourselves of pests.
Violence toward vegetation isn't really considered violence by most but plants bleed. We don't know with any absolute certainty that plants don't have some sort of feeling even though they have no apparent nervous system.
However it doesn't really matter, we are predatory omnivores and there will always be violence associated with food and eating.
Personally as one who grew up seeing the food chain I believe that children should be taught that meat doesn't come to us from plastic containers and vegetables don't just suddenly show up in the market.
They should respect the origins of food both animal and vegetable.
There is no doubt in the statement. Birds and animals are created to maintain ecological balance. They are not meant for human consumption. Vegetables, green leaves,fruits, grains, milk etc are natural food for human beings.
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