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Artists of Not Giving a Fuck

A problem doesn’t have to be your mistake, but you are always responsible for how you deal with it.
– Mark Manson

I just dusted off one of my all-time favourite books from my minimalistic book collection. It’s called “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”, which you’ve probably heard of, and in it you’ll find the quote you read up here. The common thread throughout this book is that we have to decide what it is we give a fuck about and work towards that, while shoving all the non-fuckworthy stuff off your FOMO-list. It’s a gem.

I just started again, but I already know where my fucks go towards. To the planet and all the living beings inhabiting it besides the bald primate that crowned himself the most civilized life form on earth. #speciesistdemocracy

Those smart monkeys are dealing with a problem which is not their fault, but which they are responsible of. As Homo sapiens – literally translated as ‘wise man’ – we are blessed with a bright brain. We can do all sorts of fancy, hyperintelligent tricks with it, such as language, metacognition and abstract thinking. Skills with which we could make the world a bit of a better place. Could.

Homo irresponsibilis

Mnope. Homo sapiens irresponsibilis doesn’t have noble plans with its superbrain. On the contrary, we are abusing our intelligence to use other animal species for our own pleasures, and strip the earth from its natural resources. It’s an eternal tragedy, but apparently no-one’s business.

Animal suffering? Environmental problems? Health issues? “Not our responsibility,” says the government. “Not our responsibility,” say the farmers and suppliers. “Not my responsibility,” you say, as you throw a package of chicken breast in your shopping cart.

We are like Adam and Eve who feast on an entire apple orchard, standing knee-high in the apple cores, all the while still pointing their sticky accusing finger at the snake.

“Yes it IS your responsibility!” I scream, stamping the apple carcasses to mushy apple sauce. That is the whole point. Every time you are choosing what to have for dinner, you are either promoting the rise or fall of animal suffering. And you are one hundred percent responsible for your choice.

“But I-“

No. Get your heads out of the sand. Arguments like “I didn’t know” and “I only buy humanely slaughtered meat” are bullshit. Hamburgers don’t grow on a tree, and you know that too. The fact you don’t want to know where that meat comes from is an entirely different story. You also don’t need meat or fish to survive. You are not a lion, neither are you living on the Arctic tundra. In the wealthy society we are blessed to live in, you can get food on every street corner, and everyone can grow old and healthy on a plant-based diet.

The two main reasons that the great majority of people isn’t vegan yet is

a) because people value their appetite over the welfare of animals, and/or
b) because people don’t want to take responsibility for their own choices

This is respectively selfish and lazy. I can’t put it in a nicer way.

Now if someone feels offended, I honestly am not sorry. I am not sorry you refrain from a diet that saves the rainforests from total destruction. I am not sorry for that you waive a lifestyle that helps ending the suffering of billions of animals in factory farms, slaughter houses and on fishing boats. I am sorry that you do not take your responsibility.

Artists of Not Giving a Fuck

I watch at how the world happily continues with munching on hotdogs and tuna sandwiches. How every day, thousands of animals get burned alive in farm fires, where no one is responsible for. This devastating industry thrives on everyones irresponsibility.

I show people how amazing vegan food can be. Tell them you can florish on a plant-based diet. And explain time and time again why it is completely irrational to treat animals like inferior beings. But it seems like the great majority of people doesn’t even want to change a thing. Most people apparently arrive at the conclusion that they couldn’t care less about how that sausage came to be, as long as it’s there.

We are true artists of not giving a fuck. Not doing a fuck about the shit we fucked up.

Now ain’t that fucked up.

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