In Which We Will Not Eat Sex

I have, some little time previous, raised questions here regarding the relationship between the dominion mandate, sanctification, and principles of vegetarianism. I re-present them for your review, if that is something that you are interested in, below:

Rights v. Duties I
Rights v. Duties II
Apocalypse and Veganism I
Apocalypse and Veganism II
Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Chickens

Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Cows I

Veganism and the Fulfilling Lives of Cows II
Paedobaptism and Coco the Talking Gorilla

I do this for two reasons. One, I just picked up God’s Covenant with the Animals again and am working my way through it, so that’s what is coming down the old pike.

Secondly, I had a think today which may or may not be relevant to that discussion.

I overheard something from my eighth graders’ Medieval history class about a radical Christian sect (the Albigensians, I think) which eschewed any and all sexual relations, going so far as to avoid contact with all things created by sexual union, including what they ate (meat, eggs, etc.).

This made me wonder, could veganism be much the same thing? As the above articles indicate, I tend to lean in a vegetarian direction, though am not yet practically convinced of the necessity of such a diet at the present time.

Nevertheless, veganism seems to have an incipient servility to an abstract ideal which is at odds not just with cruelty or death, but with bodies and blood as such. The ascetic separation of self from the pains of the physical is as higher knowledge.

Moving in a vegetarian direction is one thing (though no “ideal” should ever drive our behaviour), but a pure veganism seems to be nothing better than the contemporary, secular West’s Gnosticism.

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In Which We Rock Green Apples

This Sunday, 20 April (that’s right, 4/20. witty) is the Green Apple Festival America:

Live Music, Environmental Action, Green Technology Exhibits, and Fun

We’re planning on hitting the celebration on the Mall in D.C. The highlights of the bill are as follows:

The Roots with Doug E. Fresh, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, will.i.am, Chrisette Michele
Gov’t Mule
Chevy Chase
Ed Norton
Random Politicians and Activists (lunch time)
Thievery Corporation
Toots and the Maytals
DC Boys Choir
and the Rev. Yearwood, President of the Hip Hop Caucus (that’s right)

Also in New York, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, L.A., and San Francisco. Seattle got shafted somehow.

In Which We Resolve to Use e.g. and i.e. Correctly

You should too.

Us the abbreviation “e.g.” (short for exempli gratia) when you want to say “for example”. Do not add “etc.” at the end of your example: “e.g” indicates that you are presenting a partial list.

When you desire to clarify or expand on a statement use the abbreviation “i.e.” (short for id est).

In Which We do not Teach Spelling

Alternate spellings for Gaugamela, the final battle between Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia, as imagined by my desperate ancient history students on a recent test:

Galgamele
Gaugelema
Gamalia
Golgamal
Guatamala
Geruseme
Conguela
Issus