The planet is our home and like most homes it has house rules. These rules are spelled out in treaties, regulations, customs and cultures, and many other ways. One of the most important rules in my house growing up was unspoken. There was never any need to write it down or discuss it because my mom was hoping she hadn’t given birth to lunatics. That rule was not to kill the pets. I’m a little crazy so I have thought about killing a cat after it pooped all over or maybe a certain bird that I loathe. I did grow up to be a hunter and when I was younger I was reckless in that pursuit. I learned that some people had a great deal of passion towards the animals I had shot though. Out of respect to them and their understandable view that these animals are almost like pets I curbed my enthusiasm for my “sport”. The international community has actually written down rules protecting animals that are both rare and abundant. There are too many billions of people on Earth and even the most abundant bird or insect can quickly become endangered if we find it fashionable to eat or wear. There’s also people that weren’t raised by my mom and they turned out to be lunatics. They find it entertaining to shoot rare animals or make dogs fight or any other horrible thing you can imagine. That’s why there are rules to protect these creatures that share our home and the consequences of what we do to it. If I had ever killed my brothers hamster or my sisters cat for any reason that I found suitable to my needs god forbid the wrath I would have faced. That same passion people have in protecting their pets needs to be respected when people think about trophy hunting. People love the planets animals and there’s serious laws and penalties protecting them. Think about what you shoot very hard before pulling the trigger.
There was a sustainability festival in Kansas City over the weekend put on by Chipotle. At this festival there were booths that talked about sustainable farming and how wonderful it is that Chipotle supports this movement and buys its products. There were also many booths for the micro beer connoisseurs and their beards. It appeared to me that most of the people there were just wanting free food and were not sincere or interested in the pursuit of feeding the masses with minimal harm to the environment. I also find Chipotle’s practice of buying factory farmed meats and produce when small farmers can’t keep up with the burrito craze hypocritical. Feeding mass quantities of any food to long lines of people sends a mixed message. It says be kind to the planet until it’s inconvenient to profits and you’re hungry enough for something you don’t really need not to care.
The message I see is that the few consume too much and there’s so many that get too little as a result. Chipotle and other restaurants that serve large portions for “affordable” prices will never be part of the solution. Tell a hungry kid from a poor family that 8 bucks for a burrito is cheap. The middle and upper classes of America are by far the largest consumers of the world and their suburbs is where you’ll find most Chipotle’s. It’s my usual “liberal” opinion that people with money are too greedy and fat and that’s there’s simply far too many people to feed. This is a problem without a realistic solution outside of a natural catastrophe on a global scale. So, enjoy your burrito but be thankful at the same time that you’re not a poor hungry person in a part of the world effected by corporate farming, climate change, or overpopulation.
Underneath the surface of those wild flowers and leaf buds a darker world sometimes exists. A world unseen by the Earths billions, it’s always hungry and very dangerous. It’s weakness is jealousy. It sees the rays of sun beaming through early morning dew. It sees the newborn animals overcome the struggles of birth. It hears the robins sing and dance through the leaves in their search for worms. It’s jealous of this yearly rebirth and it wants to impose it’s darkness on the world. It creeps into your subconscious when your guard is down. It’s the dirt under your fingernails. It’s in your blurry eyes after staring at your computer. It’s in the noises coming from your television. It’s in your cigarette smoke and the preservatives you ingest. It’s jealous of any good you bring into the world and wants to destroy you from the inside. It will make you feel hate and envy towards people you never met. It will make you want things you’ll never need. It will make you consume poisons that make you sick. It will make you think you enjoy it and want more. It will never give up and it will always be there under your feet. It will always be conspiring and being jealous every time it sees good in the world.