Our feelings about animals and industry are not solely about the animals. No, the rising distaste surrounding our treatment of animals in the meat industry reflects our own experiences within a world of concrete and steel. Humans are shuttled to and fro within a mechanized world that extracts their life essence to unknown ends, in ways not unlike the life of the industrial cow or chicken. This is another example of the growing tension between the divinity of nature and natural systems and the hardness and efficiency of the machine. Many think that the Machine War exists in some science fiction future, but I have said this before, the Machine War is happening right now. Arguments can be made, and sometimes are made, to support the machine, as either opposed to nature, or a new form of it. And it is important to have explicit conversations about this binary reality, for there are some compromises that might have to be accepted. However, the rampant unconsciousness with which people resign themselves to penned-in machine lives, is evidence of the Machine exercising in ways that are not honorable, in the old sense of that word. The chicken I eat may be free range, but am I free range? That is the question.
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