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From: Amy G ( -96.234.173.105)
Subject: What we repress as a culture
Date: September 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm PST

A fellow vegan friend wrote something I think is so profound, I wanted to share it. It really got me thinking that we don't just repress things as individuals, but as an entire culture.

"i found that it totally changed my relationship to food to not have to "not think" about what it is that i'm eating. it turned out to be a deeper and more impactful decision than i expected.

in our culture, we talk ad nauseum about repression in a personal sense--events in childhood, etc. what we don't talk about are all the things we repress as a culture, and what it means to open the door to seeing the things that we decide to collectively turn our eyes away from.

some people, clearly, aren't concerned about animal suffering and so looking at these things isn't at all troubling to them--in fact many people regard animal torture as entertainment. for the rest of us, though, these things are troubling, and since it takes a conscious effort to decide to stop looking away, it's easy to go along with the status quo. i certainly did, for most of my life."




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