Fascinating! Intelligent, interesting, informative....well worth the
time. It's time for intelligent people to give this serious thought!
TEDx Talk on Ditching Meat One of The Most Watched
In her talk
'Beyond Carnism and Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices,' Dr. Melanie
Joy, a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at
the University of Massachusetts, Boston, explores why we eat meat when we care
for other animals.
"There is an invisible belief system or ideology that conditions us to eat
certain animals," Joy explains of the belief she calls 'carnism.' "We tend to
assume that only vegans and vegetarians follow a belief system but when eating
animals is not a necessity, which is the case in most of the world today, then
it is a choice and choices always stem from beliefs."
Joy, who's been a vegan since 1989 after getting food poisoning from a burger,
goes on to explain how that choice goes against core human values like
compassion and is a widespread and violent ideology since "meat cannot be
procured without violence and the egg and dairy production cause extensive harm
According to the TEDx talk, the ways in which carnism remains a dominant
ideology is through people's denial (if they don't see those suffering animals,
they're not really suffering), believing myths like meat is "normal natural and
necessary" (which was once the idea about slavery and male dominance) and
ignoring the atrocities and failing to see just how similar they are to violent
acts of war (which she illustrates by showing pictures of slaughterhouses next
to nearly identical ones of historical battles and war sites).
Joy finishes the TEDx talk on a good note, however, saying the key to a paradigm
shift is in simply sharing
the talk and information with others.
"Awareness has always been the antidote to violent ideologies. Virtually every
atrocity was made possible because the populace turned away from a reality they
felt was too painful to face. And virtually every revolution, every social
transformation, was made possible because of those that chose awareness and who
acted on what they have learned," she explains.
Considering that among all TEDx talks, hers has been one of the one percent most
watched of all time, it seems people are really taking the call to action to
heart. Here's to hoping the revolution begins any day now.