I know my content is usually fashion and lifestyle, and my reason for this great divergence is not to shock anyone or to be controversial. It is simply me coming to terms with my own despair at the realization that man seems to have lost his humanity, on an epic, or rather, epidemic scale. And also because I’m almost positive that I’m not the only one who feels this way.
What set me off today is this. I was kind of mindlessly trolling Facebook…I do follow a few dog rescue groups, among other things…when I saw this headline and image:
Video: Live Dog’s Legs Cut Off By A Woman
I’m sorry to have embedded this image in my post, because it alone is horrific, and I didn’t even and could never ever watch the video. I can’t even watch horror movies, much less witness a real life horror movie of this ilk on the Internet. And I have NOT embedded the video here…this is simply a screen capture. But without it, you would not understand what has brought me to this point.
This image was enough to derail me, almost immediately. I cannot even begin to express the deep, gut-wrenching, sorrow and anguish I felt seeing this image and realizing what was done to this poor creature. What kind of person can watch an animal writhe and scream in agony, the two of you bathed in blood, and continue to slowly torture it to death? Is there not a special kind of hell for someone like that? I hope so. There is a black hole where that person’s soul was meant to be.
As I type, the tears continue to well up in my eyes and I am distraught because I know this instance of sadistic cruelty is just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.
And here is what pains me further: I am a meat eater. I try to eat organic and responsibly, and I try to avoid factory farmed meat when I can, because I know it is equally as cruel. Since I grew up in a society that views dogs as faithful companions and loyal workers—NOT MEAT—I cannot help but view the consumption of dog meat as barbaric and wholly unnatural. But if an animal is to be killed for consumption, can it not be done with some respect for the life of the animal? Can we not give them a humane death so they do not suffer before we do with them as we will? And yet, I know the paradox of my plight; I know the conundrum that I am in. I also know that cruelty is abhorrent and while I know karma swings its own scythe, I cannot help but feel helpless and hollowed out. My heart breaks when I see a creature mistreated, and I’m fairly certain that if I were expected to hunt my own food, I’d be a pescetarian.
But ultimately, this post is not about what I eat or don’t, or what they eat on the other side of the world. It’s about our collective loss of humanity. It’s about the mass murders. The cruel acts against children and animals. The pollution of our lands and seas. The depravity and filth that we read/see/hear about every day.
Lately, I repeatedly find my mind tripping over the same old question:
Are we really more depraved and divided than ever, or are we just seeing our own truth more clearly with the advent of smartphones and social media?
I don’t know what the answer is. But it sure does seem that the more “connected” we’ve become because of the Internet and mobile phones, the more disconnected we are; disconnected from God and each other, all of us swimming right by the ones who can barely stay afloat. The more freedom we have, the more locks we need on our doors. In the grand scheme of things, what we can’t seem to remember is that we are all connected even we we try to act like we’re not. The effects of abuse, neglect, bullying, and tyranny ricochet through the abused and bullied, through the bullies and abusers, through the witnesses, all of us.
I don’t know how to fix this kind of OM-level hurt I feel, how to look at myself as a human being and be proud of myself when sometimes it feels like everything I do directly or indirectly contributes to a universal wrong. The beauty products that are tested on animals. The chickens shoved in their cages so we have meat and eggs at the ready. The convenient plastics killing us and our wildlife. The toxic chemicals leaching into everything, from everywhere. The wifi signals and the microwaves and the radiation and the ozone depletion.
We know we can save one, help one here and there, and it’s a happy ending. But the hope-numbing reality that there are still thousands of wrongs happening every minute of every day that can’t be righted…it’s almost too much to bear. No wonder why we have so many instances of disease in these modern times. Our bodies and souls are bombarded with so many toxins daily it’s a wonder any of us can really accomplish anything.
I am just one person. All I can do is help when I can. Blow the whistle when it needs to be blown. Say a prayer and ask for the milk of human kindness to flow a little more often.
And hug my little rescue pup just a little bit tighter.
If you want to DO SOMETHING: http://saynotodogmeat.net