It is hard to come to terms with the fact that we cannot be human without consuming. We consume meat, and vegetables, and we consume oxygen. We occupy space. We clear land to build houses for ourselves and grow food to eat. Beyond this, we buy our clothes and belongings with money that has come through cycles of countless others consuming.

It’s impossible not to consume in some way.

This is just being human.

It’s harsh, and cruel, but it’s the price of having a physical form.


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  1. Ian Magee 17. May, 2017 / 22:38

    Everything we do has an impact upon the world around us which is why we need to be mindful of the choices we make – it doesn’t mean that we should stop making these choices, but it does mean that we should take responsibility for any negative consequences of our choices and minimize the damage we do. As Ursula Le Guin memorably put it, “to light a candle is to cast a shadow”. Also, our impact does not always need to be negative. Humans have shaped the landscape and its inhabitants since paleolithic times and not all of the choices we have made have been bad

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