Reflections on Virgin Births... And My Holiday Wish

>>  Saturday, December 24, 2011

I've been meaning to talk about this for several years... But it's a sensitive subject - So I kept putting it off till now.  I suppose I should begin by saying that I don't object to any one's religious or spiritual beliefs - as long as those ideas don't require or condone bloodshed or other justifications to oppress or exploit others.  I guess my "religion" and my "God" would be one that is rooted in a Golden Rule kind of thinking... 

And so I'm not timid in admitting that when I first became aware of animal issues I was curious where theologians stood, and what the "boss" had to say... I went through a WWJD phase.  And so it started at his birth, whether legend or not, that I saw some major contradictions in the way "the faithful" live their lives:
That was my first Christmas celebrated as a vegan.  Now, years hence I'd again like to take a (critical) look at another dichotomy: one of virgin births.

As John Sakars illustrates in this video - Nonhumans are artificially inseminated (violated) as a daily practice.  Even in remote islands there is news that "beef" cattle are now being impregnated via man's intervention.  Artificial insemination/livestock semen is big, big business.

Most pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and even turkeys are "made" without mating.  They are all "virgin births"... But ones of a most "unholy" kind, as these are also lives destined to be brutally destroyed (sacrificed) - Even though the birth of a babe named Jesus was supposed to have ended the ritual of bloodshed.

So my hope this holiday, whether one believes or not, is that good people everywhere consider the infinite errors in using the bodies of others.  I wish the profiteers would stop making "virgin births". 

Whether folks think that nonhumans are nephesh or not, I wish that they would see the wrong in denying innocent ones the basic drives of their species... Denying them mothers... And the most inhumane tragedy of all in stealing their lives.

Whatever your ideology - No one will betray their faith if they choose compassion.  Indeed, perhaps the bloodshed was instructed to end a long time ago from the first commandment on: 
Isaiah 1:11-17
Animal Sacrifice
The "Cleansing of the Temple"

It may be suggested by some books that it is not a sin to kill an animal, but it is written in our own hearts - more clearly than in any book - that we should take pity on animals in the same way as we do on humans. 
Leo Tolstoy

Be generous with a gift of benevolence... Extend Good Will to All. Treat every mother's young like the precious life that it is.


Anonymous December 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

There goes Bea again -- coming up with a perfectly obvious point that I had never thought of before. "Virgin births" indeed. The animals exploited for our munching delight are, for the most part, allowed no privacy, no intimacy, no bonding, no choice, no freedom, no nothin'. How dare we be such tyrants. And now, wouldn't you know, the same thing is being done to us (think NWO). Looks like we better be doing some evolving.

Lovely blog, Bea. I love that dandelion45 YouTube video, and the sweet illustration at the end, under Leo Tolstoy's purrrrfectly true quote.

veganelder December 27, 2011 at 2:33 AM  

"No one will betray their faith if they choose compassion." Well said Bea...every mother's young are worthy of good will. Thanks for the great post.

Bea Elliott December 29, 2011 at 4:48 AM  

Hello Anonymous! I admit I ducked for cover when I read "There goes Bea again"... It's a response I've developed over a lifetime of being accused of being "too much".

Glad my honest look at some truths didn't put you off, but rather brought something to light. And you're absolutely right about NWO- if what is done to them: being monitored, evaluated, manipulated, confined, commodified and murdered is anything that points to our future - We're in serious trouble.

On line the other day someone put us higher than nonhumans by claiming they (the animals) kill their own. Boy! I had to laugh at the limited perceptions this person had... Guess they don't consider wars a part of killing. (sigh)

Anyway - We must press on. We must evolve... Thank you for fortifying that message.

Bea Elliott December 29, 2011 at 4:54 AM  

Veganelder - If you find any of my posts of value - Please consider them a thankful return to all the good I've found on your blog site...

It would be an awful world out there without the comfort of like minded friends. <3