七个包子的故事

从前有两个志同道合的朋友,麦佳柔泥和佳碧。 有一天,他们俩约好一起吃午餐。由于佳碧知道麦佳柔泥从小就喜欢吃包子,所以两人不约而同地决定午餐就吃包子!佳碧给自己点了一个大包,也为好朋友点了一样的大包。

那一天,麦佳柔泥非常饿,很快地就把大包给吃完了。但是他还是觉得有点饿,便请佳碧为他点多一个大包。吃完了第二个大包之后,麦佳柔泥还是觉得有点饿,又再一次请佳碧为他点多一个大包。。。就这样,麦佳柔泥吃了第三个大包,第四个大包,第五个大包,第六个大包,一直到第七个大包。

这时候,佳碧不禁松了一口气,心想:我的好兄弟终于吃饱了,没想到他的胃口竟然那么大。。。但是麦佳柔泥似乎有些心思。

“好朋友,你在想什么?是不是要我再点多一个大包啊?”

“我在想。。。我是吃了第七个包子才觉得饱。早知如此,我就不该吃了前

You Put a Baby in a Crib with an Apple and a Rabbit … …

 

“You put a baby in a crib with an apple and a rabbit.

If it eats the rabbit and plays with the rabbit* apple,

I’ll buy you a new car.”

~ Harvey Diamond ~

 

Interestingly, I thought of a similar comparison earlier on and wrote a blog entry on http://buddhavacana.net/2012/01/21/which-would-you-eat-carrots-or-rabbit/

* How many of you spotted this?  Thanks to a nice friend who pointed this out! 😮

Which Would You Eat? Carrots or Rabbit?

I’ve met some folks who shared their thoughts on vegetarianism with me.  They reason that vegetables are alive as well and if Buddhists do not eat animals out of compassion and do not wish to have a living thing killed for their food, they should not eat vegetables as well.

I present to you Carrots and Rabbit.

I know, I know.  This is an imbalanced comparison.  For most people who are omnivores would not eat rabbits anyway.  But the principle is this.  Given a choice, which would you pick?

Between vegetables and animals, when I ask a number of people to choose one to kill, cook and eat, most people would choose to eat carrots.  The answer is unanimously because it is easier to ‘kill’ carrots, cook and eat it.  When asked further, why it is easier to ‘kill’ carrots, they replied that because it is comparatively less alive than the rabbit.  I’ve not had one person choose carrots simply
because they don’t eat rabbits.  But I digress.

How about the following?  Is it because we have been conditioned to accept certain living beings as food for the table?

 

Or is it because both do not exhibit life?  Is that why it is somewhat easier for people to choose between carrots and meat?

References

Pictures from the following respective sites

http://vegetablezone.blogspot.com/2011/04/carrots-daucus-carota.html

http://www.wallcoo.net/animal/rabbit/html/wallpaper29.html

http://sylbestine.blogspot.com/2007/11/luncheon-meatbanned.html

Denying Mental Qualities to Animals In Order to Eat Them

New research by Dr Brock Bastian from UQ’s School of Psychology highlights the psychological processes that people engage in to reduce their discomfort over eating meat.

This paper will be published in an upcoming edition of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, where Dr Bastian and his co-authors show that people deny mental qualities to animals they eat.

“Many people like eating meat, but most are reluctant to harm things that have minds. Our studies show that this motivates people to deny minds to animals,” Dr Bastian said.

More after the link http://www.sciguru.com/newsitem/11437/Denying-mental-qualities-animals-order-eat-them

SAY NO to Sharks’ Fin Soup, SAY NO to Cruelty.

I am not advocating vegetarianism as a religious practice or mandate.  Rather I am saying, do we really have to placate our palates in such a manner that requires much suffering in other sentient living beings?

 

SAY NO to Sharks’ Fin Soup, SAY NO to Cruelty.

Before you eat or order your next bowl of Sharks Fin soup, please watch the following video past 5mins … I’ve not eaten Sharks’ Fin soup for probably over a decade now … watching how these animals are slaughtered for their fins and mostly thrown back into sea to die … mostly suffocating, as the sharks cannot swim without the fins … I feel so :(((

This is not about this or that precepts or whatever. This is about basic humaneness and non-cruelty. I screamed out when I saw the baby shark being stepped on and have its face / mouth sliced open while it struggled. :(((( *weep*

Some people comment that other forms of killing are as inhumane and cruel, if not more.  To that, I say that we then have to eat responsibly, to the best of our knowledge and ability.

Gordon Ramsay eats Shark Fin Soup for the first time!

 

Gordon Ramsey: Shark Bait