Is Meat Addictive?

The Tobacco Institute assured many generations that smoking brought many positively wonderful benefits to many millions of people around the world. They blew billows of smoke clouds to win addicts to their sacrosanct product by documenting what a smoker liked to hear, to hear about research on low “tar” tobaccos, microfiber filtration, dust-free packages, outstandingly mild puffs — all smoke screens to direct attention away from the addictive nature of nicotine.

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Within a statistical error range of 3%, you can find as many climate-change deniers among scientists as there are round-earth deniers.

Advertising suggested that most doctors chose Camel cigarettes. The brand that helps them keep alert to their patients’ concerns — a demanding practice according to Tobacco Institute polls. Doctors don’t smoke many Camels these days, but Big Pharma does not reward many physicians for prescribing vegan diets to their patients, do they?

My high school restricted smoking to seniors, it felt like a classy perk, a mark, a rite of passage for seniors on the school’s front steps: their own “smoking lounge.” When at university in 1965 smoking was allowed in classrooms — no wasted time standing outside. The University of Cincinnati Main Library routed smokers to a single facility: the rare-book room. It was a nice warm study hall with southern exposure.

Meat marketers played the same con game to the same slick tune, vegans (our number also within an error range of 3% of round-earth deniers).

The merchants of addictive substances know that lifelong customers are lifelines to large profits — for generations of tobacco lovers. Meat keeps doctors in the big friendly hands of Big Pharm reps. A lump of meat, a slug of dairy, a bite from an incredible, edible egg may gradually lead to a need for replacement organs, artery stents, insulin pumps, cholesterol medications… Yes, poor health contributes to the Gross National Product as undeniably as expended bullets trigger bullet-replacement orders. GNP remains a popular means for comparing a nation’s economic prowess and presumed happiness…

Bloodthirst is an addiction. It’s a dependency that is as firmly rooted in the fundament of “civilized” life as smoking, drinking, and fossil-fueling.

Fossil-fueling is an addiction to the instant energy stored for eons underground, packets of pure energy drawn from the biomass of a previous extinction event. Dinosaurs lived in a verdant environment. Dead flora and fauna pressed intensely under the rocks of ages yields instant energy. Those reptilians might still be around had fortune not dealt them a joker, a big-ass asteroid. A few mammals survived mere inches beneath protective insulation from the firestorm above the ground: planet-wide scorched earth.

Sowing the seeds of our own destruction is a bad habit, but its return on investment is massive. The science is indisputable, but so is the indisputable reflex to put fingers in your ears. Scientists who accept the Big bucks accumulated by petrochemical manufacturers don’t miss a paycheck.

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Caveat Emptor and Veganism

My posts on post truths continue with the truth of veganism. Look at a meme as it blazes its way into the new news: the fake news, the reality news. The vast majority of US humans are other-than-vegan.

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Software marries the thoughts you wish to believe to a clever image. Veracity is totally optional in the new-news era. A faux quote by Einstein or Gandhi or Yoda. Free of the annoyance of truth.

Make it flashy and dashy. Freneticism is voracious. Attention span is short. No time for truth.

Veganism is much more than diet. It’s radical change.

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Advertising unhealthy toxins is not an ethical enterprise. One Earth species is squeezing its fists on billions of non-human species.

Weapon factories and factory-fresh farms are death machines run by that same species. They number 7 billion. They have long lifespans. Twice as many  chickens have a lifespan calculated precisely by the cunning “intelligence” of species numero uno.

But veganism demands something seriously sane of its adherents: a willingness to countenance truth full-on. Truth by unblemished science, pure art and gentle compassion.

Hey Bill, I didn’t kill the cow but now that it is a dead slab between plastic wrap and styrofoam…well it would waste the cow’s life, but prolong mine. Meh. The scriptures of my faith proclaim it wholly holy. Proud people eat tasty animals. Leader of the food chain pack we are — har har. We’re numero uno, so let’s slaughter. Why are vegans so annoying. By the way, you are outnumbered. It’s something called majority rule. Live with it.

To Serve Man” is a short story by Damon Knight made better known by Rod Serling’s adaptation for his “Twilight Zone.” Misunderstandings matter.

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