You may believe I am getting off track in my endeavor to convey the importance and critical nature of the effects on the human being the CAFO, foods that support them. If you have read closely and understand the incredible relationship between where, how and under what conditions our foods and varieties come from, you will easily see the connection it has on us.
I have delayed this part to of the “the Beast” because of its sensitive nature. So here it comes. We have heard this before; “When is last time a gun killed anyone?” All by itself, it has not. What saddens me most; besides the deaths of our children, especially in our schools, is the silence of the parental ownership and the role configured into the developmental years in the life of a child that kills.
When I was a kid, we had guns. Neighbors had guns. Children hunted with their fathers and shot cans, books, old cars… Never did we think to bring a gun to school! We had right and wrong instilled in us, and we had a choice (even though as I said, we never thought about it). We were raised by good and questionable parents, but a gun by itself didn’t hurt anyone.
Do we take for granted parents did all they could? Maybe so, and I am sure those that did, with the unexpected outcome, are devastated tremendously. This may sadden me even worse. Confrontation is not the answer. Prayer and love for them is all that may be possible now.
Today is worse. I see and hear it every day. It is harder or at least a different kind of hard today. Social media takes the place of the bully pushing you into the locker. Kids retreating to their rooms and internalizing their issues, feelings, sadness, frustrations, anger without being noticed, at least enough to know we care about them. Whether it makes them upset you are invading their space or not, and want to be their friend, you’re a parent! Being their friend would be a bonus, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
The beast is not the child that kills or the parent that did not see, or do enough to prevent the devastation. No, it is misleading rhetoric, finger pointing, media coverage and perhaps actually the food, air and water we consume. All used by, and strengthening the beast, whilst distracting and weakening us at the same time. It diminishes our physical, mental and spiritual health, as we consume foods that cannot nourish us enough.
The long term effects on the human being are mostly known. Slow reaction, failing sight, body and mind, which can and we know does, lead to cancer, mental illness… that also lead directly into failures to relate familial, at work, in everyday society. The beast continues to win.
As our communities become more bound to the inside of their homes and work, and school, we lose our ability to interact with each other that is uncomfortable until it’s not. Misunderstand, until we don’t. Disagree, until we agree (or at least agree to disagree). We used to have so many small to medium communities that hung out, stopped by, or said hello to people you didn’t know… not so much anymore.
As simplistic as it may sound (it’s really not), growing food in our communities that will feed and employ our communities, will also grow our communities and those within it, in so many ways. This may bring back some of the closeness we had with our children, and their peers to a point where a child would punch them in the mouth, and not shoot them.
I am well intended.