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Do fruits, vegetables, plants; animals have a purpose in life? Do fruits, vegetables, plants; animals have a purpose in life?
by Joseph Gatt
2020-01-03 10:51:30
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Let me be a little radical here. Human beings, plants and animals pretty much have the same purpose in life: breeding children in the best possible conditions, and ensuring the best possible future for their seedlings.

That's right. We humans are pretty much obsessed with breeding children, and a lot of our actions are driven towards that purpose. Want that fancy job? Why? Because you want fulfillment. Why? So you can meet mister and misses perfect, have children, and spend time with the children, while providing the best possible future for them.

veget01_400Human beings have several cultural variations of this, but so do plants and animals. Some human beings will lead an austere life to provide what they can for their children. Some human beings have different economic conceptions of what “raising children” means. For some, it means clothing and feeding children, for others, it means raising children that will go to Harvard.

Plants. Plants have mobility issues, as they can't move around. But like us humans, they fight hard to provide the best possible environment for their seedlings. In some cases, like humans, plants can be fatalistic, and die out and wither away without providing seeds. In other cases they provide toxic seeds. In yet others, given the adequate environment, they thrive, and leave behind a multitude of seedlings. They proliferate; creating forests, and establishes colonies that they hope won't be taken down.

Now we humans, the only species that has vast knowledge of almost every other living species, be it plants and animals, can play tricks with plants. We know what earth provide better, more fertile plants. We know how much we need to water the plants. And we know what seeds provide better plants than others. In sum, we provide the kind of environment for plants that would be the equivalent of providing a 5-star chef and a luxury suite for a human being. If fruits and vegetables are fleshy and juicy, that is because the mother plant provided all the flesh and juice it needed to breed its seedlings. But the stupid plant does not know that it will be “killed” (or harvested) before it naturally dies out, and that their seeds will not be able to grow and thrive. That's the equivalent of killing a pregnant human being.

So when you eat that peach or watermelon or cucumber, that's the equivalent of eating a healthy 23 year-old woman with triplets (or octuplets) in her womb, when the mother was hoping her octuplets could all go to Harvard. And you have to eat the peach or cucumber before it decomposes. Pretty cruel if you come to think about it. Now let me take a bite off that apple I'm eating right now.

Animals. Now unlike plants, animals have the mobility factor, that is they are able to move around from one place to another. The main problem with animal reproduction is that one male can technically fertilize an infinite number of females. Be it human beings or animals, I being a man, could technically impregnate dozens of women this week. We human beings have the notion of “consent” that animals don't always have.

Animals are also driven by breeding, producing offspring that will thrive. Several studies have shown that animals tend to avoid reproducing in unnatural environments or in environments where they are not sure their offspring can thrive.

So we human beings play a trick on the animals we like to eat. Of course not all flesh is tasty, and that's why we tend to avoid eating swans or doves or rats or mice or tigers or other animals whose flesh is pretty tasteless for us humans. If tigers or giraffes were tasty, we would have bred them in ways to massively consume them.

The trick we play on sheep, oxen, pigs and chickens (that's about 80% of our global meat consumption) is by providing them with an environment that gives sheep, oxen, pigs and chickens the illusion that their offspring can survive and thrive. We feed that very, very well. We provide excellent temperature conditions. We provide them with environments where they sleep sound and give them the illusion that they are fed by 5-star chefs in royal suites.

So those sheep and oxen and pigs and chickens breed, thinking their children will be provided a lifetime of luxury. Only to be fooled, killed by us at their prime (otherwise their flesh is tasteless) and eaten by us.

We humans have a strange notion of breeding. Rich people have fewer children. That is a well-known fact. Some rich people have no children at all. Let's put it this way. Rich people, and educated people, tend to have a clear concept of what a good life for children involves. While poor, rural dwellers tend to believe a good life for the children means a hut and a meal a day, for “us” educated people, a good life for children means an apartment on 5th avenue, access to Harvard Law or Med school, a child making 1 million dollars a year or more, and many other factors that educated people know are unrealistic.

Now would plants and animals use birth control if that provided them with more time for “entertainment” or “socializing” or “career planning?” That would involve experiments where us humans “play” with animals and “entertain” animals and plants and see whether they are more or less productive when it comes to seedlings and offspring. My hunch is that animals and plants that “socialize” and “engage in entertainment” and “work in exchange for rewards” would indeed breed less.

That is if you make a mouse jump around all day pushing lego bricks and reward them with a big piece of cheese at the end of the day, and do that for 6 months or a year, chances are, the mouse will probably ignore that rat and keep working for the cheese, or at least make it clear to that rat that they have cheese to earn. And the mouse might consider reproducing, as the mouse would instinctively know that pregnancy would interfere with the lego-pushing and would thus compromise the cheese.


   
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