Shrink-Wrapped, Brand-Named Inhumanity

After reading Our Food From God, I am even more convinced than ever that the Ancients had a much better sense of what human life is about than we, in our Modern “wisdom” do. That’s a huge topic with lots of side streets and alleys, but the basic point about the dehumanizing (and deanimalizing) effects of the industrialistic-scientific approach to the world seems clear and sound.

Of course, if you live in a city and you’re not a complete vegetarian, it is extremely difficult to imagine how you could eat at all without in some sense buying into this mentality. Where else are you going to get your meat but from a grocery store, all nice and neat and packaged in shrink-wrapped squares, everything possible having been done to remove from your consciousness all the dirty, nasty, bloody, abusive things that had to be done to get the “product” to you? Modern cities are machines, and they are so large and so complex that only a machine (the factory) could care for its needs. How do you have a robust concern for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful in a Modern city?

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2 Responses to Shrink-Wrapped, Brand-Named Inhumanity

  1. Frederick Tucker says:

    Move to a village?

  2. The Scylding says:

    Tim, I found Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” very interesting in this regard. He is not writing from a Christian view per se, but he has not capitualted to fashion either, and as such provides much good food for thought. He explores some of the philosophical and ethical questions as well, and although he writes for a popular audience, he is by no means a populist or lowbrow. His descriptiond of his own psychology, seriously going hunting for the first time, is quite entertaining, but at the same time, brutally honest. I enjoyed it.

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