2 words: deforestation and livestock:
How would you like it if humans were laid out in the field above, or hanging from hooks? You wouldn’t. Yet, it’s okay that we do it to trees and cows because humans need to thrive. Hypocrite much?
I could end this article right here and now. I don’t even need to backup my argument. The pictures, facts, and human history speak for themselves. I should probably be playing video games instead of wasting my time. But maybe I’ll reach 1 person that is likeminded and thinks similarly and battles with these same thoughts. Honestly though, it’s not even about that. It’s not about anything other than vomiting what I believe is the objective truth.
Before we go any further: this isn’t me projecting or a guilt trip. And I’m not even a vegan, tree hugger, or PETA supporter. This is what I earnestly believe is the objective truth. This is a human being who has lived in society for 52 years and is responding to the Mount Everest-sized bullshit, hypocrisy, and absurdity that exists, and that I’m surrounded by, in this circus called “modern” society. I’m on no one’s side, which includes trees, livestock, and even humans. But this isn’t about me, it’s about us.
So with all that out of the way, let’s get to it!
Humans are responsible for the wanton, senseless, and mass destruction of the planets’ resources, namely forests, woodlands, and livestock (cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc., which can be further extended to include aquatic life: fish, scallops, oysters, clams, lobsters, etc.) in order to create and sustain human society and human life. A very selfish act. No amount of fake altruism or donating to bullshit charities and causes can ever offset this. Especially not while society continues to exist in the manner that it does. But please, go ahead and run a marathon for “awareness” or donate to some charity if it eases your guilt and makes you feel better.
Now, on to the definition of terrorism: the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives
Granted, the continued deforestation and murder of billions of livestock annually for human consumption and to keep society running is technically not unlawful. Nor are forests and livestock being intimidated. They are not persons or property either. And forests and livestock are technically not being destroyed to further a political or social agenda. So one could argue that, per the strict, human-created and human-centric definition of terrorism, deforestation and the mass destruction of livestock are not acts of terrorism.
But au contraire mon frère, how wrong you would be to end your argument there!
For it is the objective truth that the wanton and mass destruction of the earth’s resources by humans is far worse than all acts of terrorism combined! You could probably even include acts of war throughout all of human history and it still wouldn’t come close to the sheer amount of trees, woodlands, shrubs, grasslands, streams, rivers and ponds (home to more life), cows, pigs, chickens, fish, etc., that have been destroyed willfully by humans to sustain human life and keep human society running.
You see, with human-on-human terrorism, it’s usually small number of human lives lost during sporadic incidents: an IED blows up a military convoy one day, a bomb on a bus another, a plane into a skyscraper, etc. And in those incidents it’s usually only tens or dozens of people killed, maybe a hundred or two on certain occasions. That’s all. Whether it’s children, women, babies, the elderly, whatever, it’s no big deal. Check it: only 20,000 humans died from terrorism globally in 2019. Oh and by the way, to offset that: there were 3 million+ births in the United States alone in 2019. With 8.1 billion people in the world, those global deaths by terrorism in 2019 equate to ~0.00000246913% of the population! Not even a percent! A drop in the bucket! Actually, smaller than a drop! Such a tiny, insignificant amount of people killed by acts of terrorism it’s laughable! Hahahahahaha!!! Look, I’m laughing, see?? Oh, you didn’t find that funny? Okay, I guess this is the point in the article where I say I don’t condone acts of terrorism and it’s not funny. There, happy now? Good, let’s continue.
Meanwhile, humans murder livestock (not including fish, lobsters, clams, etc.) at a global rate of 73 billion annually as of 2020. Just take a moment to let that unfathomable, ridiculous, completely bonkers amount of murder sink in over the course of one single year! Seventy three billion cows, pigs, chickens, and probably turkeys around thanksgiving, slaughtered, murdered globally to keep us humans alive and our human society operational and functional. That’s in-fucking-sane. And as for deforestation, humans have destroyed 1/3 of the world’s forests simply by expanding agricultural land, and that doesn’t include the forests and woodland areas destroyed to make housing, cities, government offices, factories, roads, parking lots, stadiums, supermarkets, churches, synagogues, etc. We’re like the Death Star, baby! Darth Vader would be so proud!
So, while at first blush human society may not fit the textbook definition of a terrorist organization, based on the few facts alone mentioned above (and there are a lot more out there, believe me), again: human society is in fact far worse than any terrorist organization that has ever and will ever exist.
And if we use our critical thinking skills and think about this a little more: human society does in fact fit the textbook definition of a terrorist organization. How so? Because trees and cows don’t have a voice or a choice. Trees, cows, pigs, fish, etc., are destroyed without a fucking care in the world. And what exists in human society? Government. Politics. All manners of social services. Therefore, and this is my big brain Pulitzer prize winning moment: human society is in fact a terrorist organization because it uses force and violence to destroy life (trees, cows, pigs, etc.) in order to further the human agenda, society, which includes government, politics, entertainment, etc. Furthermore, human society skips the whole “to intimidate or coerce” portion of the definition of terrorism. It’s simply thus: you’re a tree, you’re a chicken, you have no choice, you have no voice, your life is worthless and far less valuable than that of a human, not to mention less valuable than cats and dogs. And then we have the audacity to turn around and claim “animal rights” and “animal welfare” when we see people skinning dogs alive or eating fish that are still breathing.
At least when humans commit terrorism against other humans, those humans have a choice, a voice, and the ability to defend themselves (or at least run away). Meanwhile trees, cows, pigs, and chickens penned up, or trees out in the forests, don’t have that luxury and privilege.
What if the role was reversed? What if humans were kept in cages and were bred to be nothing more than meat, with human females forced into pregnancy every year to provide milk? There would be an uproar! People would protest! It would be unfair! We’d be calling for “human rights”! Well, don’t trees, pigs, and cows deserve the same? Of course they do! They’re organisms too!
So what’s the answer? It’s simple: stop!
Stop cutting down trees. Release all the penned up livestock. No more livestock. No more farm-raised anything. No more expanding society. Force humans to hunt and gather for their food. Destroy the cities (via demolition). Go back to how we should be living as our hunter-gatherer ancestors once lived. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s the natural way.
If you really want to have any semblance of integrity, if you really want to align your principles with how you actually live, if you really want to have any moral or ethical ground to stand on, if you really want to be the compassionate people you claim to be, then this is what you have to do. There’s no alternative.
Let the cows, pigs, chickens, fish, etc., live natural lives. Force people to hunt them in the wild just like ducks and deer. You get to hunt X pigs, chickens, cows, etc. just like fish. It’s complicated though because people living in the inner cities don’t have access to the forests, so maybe you let chickens and cows run free in the streets.
So there you have it. I’m all out of steam at this point and I think I’ve proven my point, which I really didn’t need to prove because the objective truth speaks loud and clear to anyone paying attention.