At some point we'll need to realize, as a species, that notions of "property" and "owning" are really quite dumb. Until that time, I guess we'll just keep doing stupid shit.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
It seems that some horse
meat sauntered into the European food supply, and this sparked outcry. Now, just for fun, I'm going to provide two
possible reactions to the discovery that horse meat may have ended up in your
Whopper. See if you can guess which one a
majority of the media / internet went with.
Option 1: "The discovery of horse meat raises issues and concerns over the effectiveness of government regulation, and sparked an outcry for more stringent requirements and additional regulatory staff to inspect food processing facilities."
Option 2: "EEEWWWWWWW THAT'S SO GROOOOSSSSSS!!!!!"
If you selected 1, then you are obviously confused about the nature of our species.
There are legitimate concerns to raise over the relationship between food labels and content, for the sake of allergies, nutrition concerns, and issues of food sourcing. Some reactions to this situation focused upon these sensible issues. For example:
"The finding of even trace amounts of equine
It seems sensible to ask why equine
A bit of evidence against regulatory failure is the finding that:
"We also had the burgers that tested positive for horse
All of the horsemeat tested seems to have been produced for human consumption, or at least meets the requirements for human consumption. The horse meat seems to have come from eating horses, as opposed to riding horses. The problem is that people thought they were eating cow, but were actually eating horsey.
Clearing up those issues? Good and sensible. Unfortunately, the majority of outcry isn't based on those sensible considerations, but rather errs on the side of horseys being inherently for riding, not eating. And that is fucking stupid, in the same sense that any non-nutritionally based food preference is fucking stupid.
There exist persons who choose to eat horse. Horse meat is a protein with nutritional qualities that can be processed by the human organism. Horse is edible. And, again, there can be legitimate problems if one has a horse allergy, or requires a specific nutritant that cow provides and horse does not. But the actual majority of bitching isn't focused upon those nutritional concerns. Rather, it's "EWWWW HORSEY!" which is fucking stupid.
Why is it stupid?
Well, it's stupid because it's based on shitty reasoning such as this: "Opponents of horse slaughter essentially say eating horses is not part of American culture, equating it to the slaughter of other pets." It's the nonsensical distinction between "things for eating" and "things not for eating" that rests on cultural biases and nonsensical emotive dispositions and preferences. It's the same disposition that leads us to keep dogs and cats as pets, rather than snacks. We're inclined to eat some things, and disinclined to eat others, for reasons other than acquiring the nutrients necessary to sustain life. It's an arbitrary distinction that comes from arbitrary cultural biases.
Another consideration is the degree to which people seem to have enjoyed eating horsemeat. Granted, they did not know that their Whopper was horsemeat at the time that they ate it, but their knowledge of its not being cow does not change the enjoyment they experienced. There are a group of people who, if asked, would probably claim to not enjoy horse meat despite their having unknowingly consumed horse meat and enjoyed it.
That's an interesting situation, and perhaps evidences the degree to which "Horse Meat EEEWWW!!!!" is a childish reaction.
So, if you want to bitch about horse meat, focus upon the legitimate concerns of food inspection and regulation. Question the effectiveness of labels and the relationship between consumers and suppliers. Everything else is just emotive braying and culturally biased neigh-saying.