A friend of mine claimed, ‘I hope Man can evolve at some point, so we don't have to kill other creatures to sustain ourselves. But it's a fact our ancestors ate plants AND animals. Only, they did it on less industrialized scale than we do today. And the animals they consumed were respected, not like now.'
Here’s my reply:
I hope we can evolve spiritually to that point as well. And yes: Our 'ancestors' DID consume flesh. The practice likely became most prevalent after a great cataclysm or flood. Which all ancient cultures speak of. And which may have wiped out a great deal of plant foods that had previously thrived on earth. Prior to that? As anthropologist Dr. Alan Walker of John Hopkins University points out in his 1979 NY Times piece:
We were EXCLUSIVE fruit-eaters.
Walker determined this by studying the microscopic indentations upon fossilized teeth. He writes: 'Early human ancestors were not predominantly meat eaters or even eaters of seeds, shoots, leaves or grasses. Nor were they omnivorous. Instead, they appear to have subsisted chiefly on a diet of fruit. No exceptions have been found. Every tooth examined from the hominids of the 12-million year period leading up to Homo-Erectus appeared to be that of a fruit eater.'
This is a revelation, to many a flesh eater.
And I could be the first to suggest: Who cares what our ancestors ate? We've got WELL over 30 characteristics in common with the natural plant eater. These include dentition, lack of claws or snout for efficient predation, opposable thumbs (perfect for fruit picking, btw) stomach acidity, length of digestive tract, and MANY more. Which, by way of comparative physiology, CLEARLY identify Man as a natural plant eater - NOT a killer of 'beast.'
If Man is a natural carnivore? He should be able to catch, kill and eat prey in the wild - using his body alone. As a wolf, tiger, or crocodile would do. First: Man couldn't catch his intended target - not with his bipedal nature. Which is designed for covering distance, rather than sprinting after prey. Second: He couldn't consume it, if he did catch it. His lack of snout and sharp teeth would see to that. Plus, his stomach acidity is MANY times weaker than the natural carnivore's. Man would have one heck of a time breaking down the raw hair, skin, bone, etc. of a 'fresh kill.'
Were he ever to catch his prey in the first place.
Another note: Folks that 'come down with' cancer - and then get well naturally - generally do so on a plant-based diet. See work of Dr. Lorraine Day, i.e. (http://drday.com/tumor.htm), for just one compelling case. I could name MANY more. And cultures that base their diets around plant food, suffer MINIMAL degenerative disease. On the contrary: Cultures making flesh their primary food source, suffer MASSIVE amounts of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and worse. See Dr. Campbell's The China Study for more on that issue.
Man doesn't do well on a flesh-based diet. Nor is he built for it, physically (or spiritually, for that matter). Given the evidence, it's tough to believe he's a natural meat-eater. No matter the dietary inclinations of some of his post-apocalyptic ancestors.
Many believe they need meat for 'power.' They should probably take a look at the HUGE number of plant-based athletes now doing EXTREMELY well, in any sport you can name. I'm just one of those athletes. And I've been doing this 'crazy diet' (along with plenty of 'crazy' workouts) for over 25 years. If there were anything to the 'protein deficiency' scam? I'd have broken down LONG ago. And we'd probably see a whole lot more skinny, protein-deficient great apes wandering the earth's jungles. These creatures live on fruit and leaves! I'm still waiting to see a weak, out-of-shape, skinny gorilla.
I'll likely be waiting a while longer.
Add it all up: Man looks like a plant-eater from the inside, out. Sure, his ancestors ate meat - when push came to shove, ecologically speaking. Yet he’s not in that position today. Far from it! In fact: Modern man can stock up on fruits, vegetables and other plant foods year-round in most places on earth - particularly in westernized world. In my opinion? He’d do a whole lot better were he to forgo his flesh-eating ways. Uncage ‘beasts.’ And when it comes to his dietary choices...
Adopt ‘way of gorilla’ instead.
P.S. Good point however, on the SCALE of the matter. When our ancestors DID consume flesh, it was on a smaller scale - a FAR smaller one! It was done personally, by hunters in wild. And animals were not caged from birth, living in disease, and passing (I wager) their spiritual misery on to those who ate them. Sounds like a better practice overall to me. Rather than the slaughterhouse horror-show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liCBDoDwY9M) we've got going on today. The best option however? Eat no flesh whatsoever. Stick with a symbiotic, mutually beneficial practice. And eat fruit of tree. Add root vegetables and whole grains, if still hungry.
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