Quote of the day—Brett

I honor my ancestors who clawed their way to the top of the food chain.

How much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a head of lettuce?

June 27, 2017
[This was regarding his dietary preferences.—Joe]


5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Brett

  1. That’s very nearly a quote from one of Larry Niven’s stories, where a carnivore puts down a “puppeteer” who are herbivorous. The puppeteers are also the ones who came up with the now infamous term “lead from behind” — their chief’s title is “The Hindmost”.

  2. Sure, sneaking up on a lettuce is a snap. Until the Killer Rabbit stands in your way.

  3. I don’t believe that one’s food choices should be based on the imagined degree of intelligence required to procure one food verses another. It simply makes no sense.

    Nor does one “sneak up” on one’s prey in most hunting scenarios. If you’re smart, you get ahead of your prey and it walks right into your field of fire.

    If you think you’re “sneaking up” on your prey, you are mistaken in the majority of cases. You’re prey almost always knows you’re there; it is only deciding whether flight or staying in place would be the better choice.

    Also, we may as well address the intelligence required to identify the desired food plants, gather their seed, select the garden site. prepare the soil, plant the seed, and tend it, and protect it, until harvest, and then be able to store and transport it, etc., to reach the table in good condition. The venison is what you get as a small part of protecting your garden in that scenario.

    For almost everyone in America, your dietary preference involves grabbing off the shelf that which someone else’s intelligence put there for you, whether it’s from the meat department or the produce department. In a large number of cases, those preferences are then paid for by one’s neighbors via some coercive redistribution racket.

    Thus, the criminal mindset waits for the farmer, or the hunter, to bring the goods home and get them all packaged neat and tidy, then takes it by force, viewing himself the more intelligent.

    So if your food is to be chosen according to the intelligence and daring you imagine (because you’ve never farmed or hunted) is required to get it, then you should consider a life of crime.

    Most people around the world select their food according to one criterion; what’s available that’s at least marginally edible?

  4. “How much intelligence does it take to sneak up on a head of lettuce?”
    Apparently a lot, because all the vegans I know can’t get their own, they require someone else to stalk it, kill it, wrap it in plastic, and deliver it to the store for them.

  5. Sneaking up on lettuce and other vegetables is easy compared to what they have to do when a larger herbivore with sharp teeth, sharp hooves, and sharp horns or antlers comes out of the forest and asserts that they deserve the food because they are the stronger and more dangerous.

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