Day 213

12PM:

The heart is a muscle.  It needs attention and care.  Usually this refers to the cardiovascular training argument – do cardio to exercise your heart, the muscle.

However, I believe that this works figuratively as well.  The more you open your heart, the more you feel (for better or worse as I have learned).  The more you use your heart for IANs, the more it has the capacity to continue giving IANs.  The more love you show, the more love you know and grow.  I got this idea from the pro-vegan Eating Animals that I’ve been reading.  It speaks to something I wrote a few days ago from The Face on Your Plate with regards to veganism being about love (Day 206).  The passage that Foer uses is: “compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use, and the regular exercise of choosing kindness over cruelty would change us” (258).

Love will always be stronger than hate, but only with intent, only with practice and training.  Reclaiming healthy by strengthening the heart, making it more capable of caring and empathy and love.  And as I said before, when it comes to love, there is nothing better in the world.  There is nothing more powerful in the world; there is no muscle capable of more power than the heart.  There is nothing in the world, if not for love.

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Day 212

Some quotations do not require commentary.  Contrary to what I tell my students about always having to accompany their quotations with interpretation/explanation/connection to the thesis/analysis (because of a “lazy reader” who requires you to connect it for them), there truly are some quotations that do not need it – there impact is too great.

One of these quotations is from Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals: “Rendering – the conversion of animal protein unfit for human consumption into food for livestock and pets – allows processing plants to transform useless dead dogs into productive members of the food chain.  In America, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters every year become the food for our food.  (Almost twice as many dogs and cats are euthanized as are adopted)” (27).

Day 211

9AM:

There are lies that we tell ourselves, to justify or convince us of aberrant or abusive or downright abhorrent behaviours.  These lies are lies of the most putrid nature, because they convince us that they smell so sweet.

Lies like:

That’s the way this place has always been, that’s how people are

The truth:

Change is hard, working towards it takes risks and worry-filled days and nights

Lies like:

We are going in a different direction with you, because we feel you would do well there and it’s for the benefit of the kids

The truth:

You didn’t trust the job that she was doing, and so you will summarily, maliciously and blindly move her into a bullshit position (one that might force her to quit), because you know you can, because you know she won’t speak up loud enough, because the only one fighting for her is me

Lies like:

According to Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Eating Animals, the abusive practices of many factory farm operations (I’m thinking particularly about the stories he includes from turkey farms and pig farms; but let’s be serious, to put a chicken in a box the size of a piece of paper, that’s part of it too) are glossed over, forgotten or excused as “commonplace.”

The truth:

Stick animals in an environment like that, an environment that demeans animals to that degree and all the animals involved (pigs, turkeys, chickens, humans) will become demeaned, decrepit, darker.

Lies like:

We were acting in your best interest by not telling you about our decision to rent a car.

The truth:

We fucked up, did what we have historically done by acting alone.  Even though I’ve asked them: nothing about me, without me.

Lies like:

We were just following orders.

The truth:

We didn’t have the guts to do what was right.

These lies may help you sleep at night, it’s because it’s dark.  I’d rather be restless in the light.