Counter argument to “God wants us to kill “kosher” animals”, and "Humans are the top of the food chain"
I would like to comment on your statement on Twitter about being at the top of the food chain.
First of all, you intuitively know that it is wrong to kill and harm
innocent animals. The intuition and empathy of you heart is in conflict
with those who are saying that you are disobeying the “will of Hashem”
by arguing that it is wrong to harm and kill animals.
would a Loving and Compassionate Creator endorse causing harm and death
to sentient beings, whom want to live, not to suffer, don’t want to die
and want to treat other beings with love and compassion, by taking their
life and purpose, destroying their family bonds and creating lots of
pain and misery.
Who invented this notion of “being the top of
the food chain”? Some humans who wanted to justify killing of and
stealing the purpose of animals? I think both killing and stealing are
two unethical actions. What is the species in the world with the highest
morality? Why? I think one cannot say there is any, but that it depends
on the actions of the individuals of that species. The individuals with
the highest morality are those choosing actions of love and compassion,
including actions that are not causing harm and death to other beings –
regardless of species.
Humans do many things to rationalize
our actions. When humans want to justify the killing of animals, they
come up with erroneous excuses such as “they are of lower intelligence”,
“they lack free will”, “god wants us to kill “kosher” animals”, “it is
okay to kill predators because they are so barbaric in their treatment
of their victims”. Or humans even excuse themselves by claiming ”animals
kill other animals”. However many other times humans condemn different
animal behaviors (such as rape, or killing individuals of their own
species), and say that we are more ethical than them. So really it is a
“pick-and-choice” in order to justify what your intuition and inner
being know is unethical. If we look at some predators as role models, we
can virtually “justify” any unethical behavior.
Quite recently some humans started hunting, and even more recently –
10000 to 15000 years ago – humans started with domestication, which is
taking animals their freedom, life and purpose away from them.
We already know the truth in our heart – the truth about how to live an
ethical life. When we stop oppressing other sentient beings and turn
vegan, we realize more and understand more about the ethical lifestyle
that is our purpose. The authors and/or redactors of Torah and many
other religious books failed to realize these essential truths since
they were living a life of stealing, oppressing and taking the lives of
other sentient beings. The truth is written on our heart, in our inner
being, and can easily be found by anyone who stops to oppress other
beings and spend all their time with spreading love and compassion to
all beings. Authors/redactors who don’t understand this basic truth have
also misunderstood much more about the truths of our life and purpose,
and the essence of our Loving and Compassionate Creator. We have a
choice – either to steal other individual’s purposes by killing/harming
them and taking what belongs to them and their family (e.g. milk) and
losing our purpose, or stop oppressing other beings and extend love and
compassion to all beings, and find our true and only purpose. To take
other beings peace and well-being and to lose true peace, or to extend
love and compassion to all beings, and find true peace.