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Reconnecting with Nature: The deep morality of the hunter

I was reading an article about duck hunters in The Age today. Some of the comments there are truly worth noting. 

Our disconnection from Nature

Consider how badly most of us are disconnected from Nature: 

The message he gives politicians is simply a passing-on of what his grandfather, Albert, used to say: a society disconnected from the land would go insane.

''And that's what we're seeing. The urban society has sort of disconnected from the reality that something has to die so it can eat meat,'' Wood says.

The cost, he says, is a distortion of moral perspective. ''Because animals are farmed and slaughtered on a mass basis, somehow this makes it more moral in people's eyes. In my view, it's less moral. If you have the wherewithal, the ability and the moral fortitude to go out and take your own animal, good luck to you.

''But there is an awful lot of people who say they can't hunt but they're eating a steak or a chicken and not thinking about where it comes from.'' The other central argument here is that farmed animals are marked for slaughter from the moment they are born, whereas animals in the wild are rarely easy to track and kill, and at least have a chance to dodge the hunter. Guns may not make it a level playing field, but the outcome is never assured.

I would agree fully with this view. It is crucial that we never see ourselves as being distinct from Nature and its laws. That means that anyone who is non-vegetarian MUST have the mental capacity to kill the animal he or she eats, ELSE PLEASE DON'T EAT ANIMALS. 

The primal emotion of killing an animal for food

Also following is a good description of the range of emotions a hunter may feel:

But ask these men about the emotions tied to shooting and killing, and the response is nuanced. Hodder, the shooter with the masters in creative writing, says: ''At first there is a feeling of elation that you have done what you set out to do. And then when you go and pick the animal up, it's inevitably very beautiful and there is a feeling of awe and sadness. It's still warm, even cute. And they just look like they're asleep and I think all the feelings of life and death wash over you … Very primal feelings, hard to articulate. The last stage is you feel really satisfied and looking forward to taking the kill home. Something wonderful to eat, something to share. Even six months later you feel wonderful.''

Let's NEVER forget that for over a hundred thousand years we were hunters-gatherers. By settling down to agriculture, many of us disconnected from our animal roots. Today, with packaged meat in the supermarkets, we seem to have also become hypocritical.

Let me repeat the key message: If  you don't have it in you to kill an animal, then DON'T eat meat, for you are essentially disrespecting the animal that feeds you. Learn to connect with Nature; learn to kill an animal for food; feel the emotions involved. THEN eat. 

Life is a gift but life is also a cycle of Nature. We will survive only if we understand our animal roots and remain true to our nature. Should we reject our roots and pretend we are gods, we will inevitably lose our reason.

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