Wednesday, June 25, 2008

2 Seconds of Empathy

Sally told me, her customer friends, after watching “Meat the Truth”, were upset and agonized by the cruel, inhumane treatment towards our gentle, innocent, helpless animal friends, as shown in the film. However, comes lunch, they beckoned: “Let’s go bak kut teh, or char siew fun!”

“Can you believe that?” She sighed.

Listening to that, I had to chuckle, absolutely not at anything but the irony of humans' capability to shed off their God-given compassion in a twinkling.

How can we not be amused by such indifference? The pain and sympathy they’ve shown just two seconds ago, some with cries of “ouuhh, ouch, eeee…” was instantly traded off for their craving appetite for that piece of flesh, which is otherwise rotten and stinks if not cooked and coated with tonnes of seasoning and flavouring (sorry ah, pardon my bluntness).

The foul, decaying smell is naturally perceived as it is by our sensory system, making us naturally unable to swallow that piece of uncooked flesh, unlike wild, carnivorous animals like lions and tigers.

I said to Sally: “Amazing, isn’t it…? And I have had the same experience.”

We can only watch in amusement or just bear with it... But just maybe, one out of ten who saw the short film, has had the horrible image etched indelibly in his/her mind, or perhaps the immense sufferings and torturous death of our tame and trusting animal friends stroke his/her heart, to at least lessen the intake of meat.

I can only hope you’d be one of them.....

"If a man's aspirations towards a righteous life are serious.. .if he earnestly and sincerely seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food, because, not to mention the excitement of the passions produced by such food, it is plainly immoral, as it requires an act contrary to moral feeling, i. e., killing - and is called forth only by greed." - Leo Tolstoy


Citygirl said...

I also watched that video, aiyoh very cruel and sad. Some part I covered my eyes,dare not watch. I feel like you are talking about me, malu saja lah. I also don't know why my heart so hard, can eat meat after that. What you say is true also, but not so easy to follow leh ! Sometimes when I remember the animal's tears, and screaming when cut alive, the meat stuck in my throat like don't want to go in.
I want to keep trying because actually I betul betul don't like to see animals suffer like that. Actually I still like the meat taste, but never mind mah, so many things to eat what, kan. I also want to tell you, I like your blog. Thank you ah !

Anonymous said...

Thanks for watching and sharing the awareness! :) Glad that you like our blog. And most importantly, thanks for cutting down on meat,...or are you stopping meat consumption completely? :) Whichever you are doing, you are helping in the most effective way to stop global warming. :) You Go Gurl!!! :D