"Stop, don’t make me feel bad."
Too many times have I spoken to people about animal industries and have had them say to me “stop, don’t make me feel bad.” This is perhaps the most offensive and painful sentence that has ever been said to me. I find it hard to empathize with the idea that that being told the truth about something awful that you are causing makes you feel uncomfortable, and so you should not have to hear about it. I also feel uncomfortable hearing about slaughter, vivisection, hunting, skinning, and the countless other tortures performed on non-human animals. I find it immensely uncomfortable to watch another animal suffer and die, and yet I cannot take my eyes away. I cannot look away because I feel that to do so would be an insult to the animal. If I were to look away from the video of slaughter then not only would the animal be dying, but I would be ignoring that fact. The truth is, the animal is going to die wether I admit that or not, so the first step has to be taking on the responsibility of what is really going on. I don’t like telling people about animal agriculture because I do not like that it takes place. But to not tell would be the greatest insult to animals that I could achieve. To know about an atrocity and do nothing about it is no more noble than to commit the atrocity first hand. And so, I must ask my acquaintances their pardon when I do not accept their outcry of being uncomfortable with the truth. I must speak honest and admit that I do not care so much that they “feel bad” from what I am saying. I promise you, I feel bad too. I feel bad that over 60 billion sentient creatures are slaughtered, abused, psychologically tortured, tested on, and ridiculed by humans that apparently don’t see a problem with that, every single year. I feel bad that I feel the need to tell people about it because I honestly wish that It was all untrue. I wish that I could live a life unknowing of these things because they were not real. But they are real. As a result of that truth I find it difficult to sympathize with someone who “feels bad” about it but has no intention of doing anything to change it Earlier today I spoke to a friend who had just watched the movie Earthlings, in our conversation she asked me to stop because It made her feel bad, and then proceeded to tell me to ‘“change things” and “make them better” as if I could do those things without her taking any responsibility. The fact of the matter is so many people would want things to stop, but they would also like to continue to find dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets in their local freezer aisle. The inconvenience of doing something to stop atrocity too often supersedes the need to effect change. I don’t want people to “feel bad” because I don’t want anyone to experience hurt. In frankness, however, I believe that the thoughtless and unsympathetic destruction of trillions of my brothers and sisters in creation supersedes any one person’s temporary psychological disequilibrium that is apparently only so powerful as to make them feel poorly for a short time and then disregard it in a moment as they order a chicken sandwich and latte.
Perhaps one day things will be different and these conversations won’t need to happen in this way. Until that day comes the animals will continue to suffer, and people will continue to “feel bad” from hearing about it. With that in mind we must continue to talk about it. If these things were happening to me, I should hope that some people would have empathy enough to tell people about it in the hope that some would even try to stop it.
What’s amazing about Jesus is that when he hung out with sinners, he didn’t act like they were sinners. They weren’t a “project,” a “mission field.” They were his friends. People with names. Defined as beloved children of the Creator, not defined by their sins.
"This dog just appeared out of nowhere and followed us for an entire week during our trekking trip in the Himalayan outback…When I decided to get up at 4 a.m. to climb the next 5000 m peak…he accompanied me as well. On the top he was sitting for the entire 30 minutes on this place"
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