A key question facing historians is how could an enlightened society that produced the greatest philosophers, poets, painters and composers also produce its most notorious mass murderers, along with millions of ordinary upstanding citizens who just went along? Was the Holocaust a peculiarly German phenomenon, or are other enlightened societies capable? How about our own American society?

Jewish Nobel laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer, gave a clear answer when he wrote: “To the animals, all people are Nazis.” Singer’s message is that we are all capable of oppressing the more vulnerable sentient beings in our midst, frequently without even thinking about it.

The blissful, self-serving ignorance of the death camps and slaughterhouses in our midst remains.

Our very first step on the long road to end all oppression should be to drop animals from our menus.

Norbert Dietrich

Harrisonburg

(13) comments

Whalebroc

So the author is saying any of the animals are Natseez also? If there were no natural predators for other animals, we would soon be over run with everything from deer to cockroaches.

There is a big difference and distinction between abuse of animals and harvesting them for human consumption.

LVW

It would be more realistic, and healthy, for Americans to cut back on the amount of meat in their diets, replacing it with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. And, of course, donuts. Mmmm, donuts.

Chief601

You had lost me there until you said donuts.

BoDuke319

Did this guy just make a comparison between the Holocaust and eating meat?

sammy708

Bo, Human behavior,duh!

DANT

First question....how would we control the animal population if we stop eating meat? Second question....how is it we have no concern for plant life? Plants are living things as well just because they don't have eyes, ears, and a brain doesn't mean they don't want to live as much as any other living thing! Should we continue to control insects as well or just stop killing them? Evolving can mean a lot of things to different people and evolving doesn't necessarily mean something good. Our evolving thru technology has done more to endanger animal life than mans consumption of them!

mattnamyj

Why is it when those on the left have a personal awakening they want to force others to mark in step? Why can't people just decide to stop doing something and just stop, don't try to force everyone to do the same? Remove meat from menus? That's ridiculous! Meat is not only nutritious but absolutely tasty. Grilled, roasted, fried or smoked, most animals are what's for dinner!

prodigalson

While I do not agree that we should stop eating animals Norbert, I do agree with much of your letter. We are all capable of mistreating those who are more vulnerable than ourselves, and one key measurement of a person's character (in my opinion), is the way that they treat animals. I personally know folks who say all the "right" things as it relates to human interaction, and how human beings treat one another, but have absolutely no compassion for animals. As far as I'm concerned, this is a window into the soul, and reveals the heart. Thank you for writing.

bishopsboy

Spot on, Prince Prodigal.

prodigalson

Thank you, my royal brother!

sammy708

OK Prodig, you are carnivorous and love it. That's your bag. This letter has great insight into the human behavior. We all need to think what was just written here. Evolve!

prodigalson

I’m not sure where you are headed with this Sammy. My point was that, although I am not a vegetarian or vegan, I do agree with much of what the author of the letter is trying to say with respect to the way we should treat animals. While I do eat meat, I have a heart for animals, and don’t wish to see any animal suffer. Additionally, while I personally am not a vegetarian, I admire the author of this letter for having such a kind heart for animals that he/she chooses not to eat meat. I was actually trying to pay the author of this letter a compliment.

sammy708

Prodig……………..My point is simple, we all need to evolve for the betterment of mankind. And no attack from you, we all have witnessed a miracle in the making.

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