Out of mouths of babes can come some profound truths. I highly recommend that each and every parent go for a daily walk with your child and let them talk, it helps them physically, builds a bond between you and your child, and in the end, these small talks might open your mind to a deeper insight on the world around us.
Situation: I am making breakfast and cook up some bacon (some people find it odd that I am not a vegetarian, but there it is). I make some potatoes, and give some to Raven, with a couple strips of bacon…thinking nothing more of it.
She picks up the bacon and hands it to me and said, “Mom, don’t you remember, I don’t eat pig anymore.”
“Oh sorry, I forgot.”
“Mom, you showed me that video that pigs are consciously aware of their impending death, it’s wrong to eat it.” (Yes she really said: consciously aware of their impending death.)
“Oh, yes. Sorry, thank you for reminding me. I won’t buy pig again.”
This may seem a bit weird…so let me explain a little more in detail. The video below is what she is talking about. Now it is unclear as to whether the pig does or does not know he is going to die, but what is clear is that the pig wants to escape, meaning that he is at least conscious of not wanting to be confined. The pig, just like us humans, wants to be free.
Raven has concluded that it is wrong to kill something if it is consciously aware that it is going to die. Most certainly if you are aware and the thing in front of you is aware…then the situation is less black and white…and the sticky situation of morality comes into play. Example: A two-year old smacks his two-year old sister…the sister cries. A fifteen-year old smacks his sister (or the opposite a girl hits a boy) …the sister cries. Which situation do we consider more of a moral crime? The two-year old is unaware that they will inflict pain, whereas the fifteen-year old is very aware of the pain they are going to cause, thus naturally the fifteen-year old is held in more contempt. Understanding right and wrong, yet choosing wrong is worse than not knowing right from wrong.
So true is the opposite. If I am walking down the street, and let’s say a bolt of lightning strikes me dead…but I am unaware of the death…it is less of a “fear-factor” than if I am walking down the street and have prior knowledge that I am going to die…the situation is by and by far worse…at least on a conscious level.
So what am I saying: Is Raven going to become a vegetarian, maybe when she is older, but for now, she simply doesn’t think it is right to eat pigs because pigs are consciously aware of freedom, life, and death…meaning Raven is at the beginning of her journey of discovering compassion, life, death, and what type of human being she wants to be. And I think it would be a disservices to her if I stifled this…
So instead of saying: Protein is good for you…meat tastes good…. Or don’t be silly, the pig was just being stupid, it doesn’t know it is going to die… OR (heaven forbid) you will eat what I put on your plate and like it. I have decided to agree with her…and no longer bring pig into the house.
Obviously the second video I shared is more profound because the little boy is talking about cutting out ALL meat, which can be done…but one must become an expert to ensure that your child gets the Nutrients needed to grow and live. It’s one thing for an adult to eat unhealthy…it is a whole other ballgame with a child.
So what I am trying to say is that it’s okay to let your child form their own thoughts and beliefs, and we should not be afraid to encourage them. It may be a bit hard…and you might have to put in a little more work in…but in the end we might just save humanity by allowing our children the freedom to make observations and then act on them, especially when it is a compassionate one.
As always...Have a Beautiful Day!!!
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