Anthropomorphism and the Judas Goat

Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus’s twelve disciples, the one who saw him as a Rabbi or teacher rather than God or son of God. Judas became the symbol of human betrayal, meaning the knowledgeable, underhanded, sadistic undoing of (or harm to) another who’s been duped into trusting the betrayer and thinking of him as a true friend.

The whole Judas episode in the bible’s Jesus saga is fraught with contradiction and confusion, since, according to the bible, it beso_de_judaswas God’s plan all along to have Jesus brutally executed, with his death being an unspeakable agony, and slow, to somehow “save mankind from our sins,” apparently because the brutal, bloody animal sacrifices had obviously failed to exorcise the evil from humanity. So Judas’s actions were necessary, to save humanity from itself by sacrificing the ultimate victim? Yet Judas is portrayed as a hell-bound sinner and evil guy by conventional Christian wisdom, as far as I understand. So wrecked by guilt he was though, he’s said to have hanged himself to death not long after Jesus’s crucifixion.

So, long story short, we have Judas the Great Betrayer and his infamous Kiss of Doom and the 30 silver coins he received in payment for identifying Jesus to the arresting soldiers in Jerusalem who turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate’s soldiers for punishment, public humiliation and crucifixion.

It’s said in older bible texts that Jesus was being punished for his violent tirade at the temple where he drove the money changers and animal sellers out of the temple, a.k.a. the Cleansing of the Temple. From what I gather, Jesus (as a dispenser of wisdom not a god) is believed by the Gnostics to have had great compassion for animals and to have been outraged by their being bought/sold to be “sacrificed” in sadistic bloody rituals based in ignorant superstition. He was said to have caused strife among the people of Jerusalem in his love/concern for the animals.

Well, in any case, none of that sat well with those in charge, thus, Jesus was to be sadistically executed. No matter though, it was all done for us by our beloved/feared creator/God, to absolve us of our sins but only if we pledge allegiance to Jesus, say today’s conventional Christians, as they dine on animal suffering and condemn vegans as satanists or whatever. Well okay, I feel my mind turning to slush here so I’ll stop that…

In Marches the Evil Judas Goat

Mainstreamers like to say that vegans and animal advocates anthropomorphize animals, i.e. that we attribute human qualities to them or equate them with us, and that that’s why we like them so much. Well, I for one, as a polite misanthrope, would not insult animals by thinking that of them, so there’s point one of how incorrect mainstreamers are. I appreciate and respect animals for who they are, not for their being humanlike. Only humans are humanlike…unique among all animals in all the obvious ways, including being knowingly evil and clever in lying about it. I mean, just look at us and how we live. Come on.

Judas goats are specially trained goats who “befriend” and accompany sheep and cattle. These goats are used mainly to keep sheep and cows calm during impending horror leading up to slaughter, or in leading them onto transport trucks, into pens, etc.. Most infamously, they lead sheep to slaughter while the goat’s life is spared, for the time being anyways.

judasgoatImagine the evil in those goats’ black little hearts! Knowing full well the vicious killing that awaits those innocent sheep and lambs. Yet there they trot, heads held high, tails up and jaunty, leading their trusting friends to a hellish end! Never mind the fact that animals are totally innocent of our clever tactics and truly “know not what they do” in simply obeying their masters’ training and orders.

Animals are so unlike humans in their innocence and lack of knowledge of how their actions truly impact others. Yet people suddenly want to portray these “dumb beasts” as fully knowledgeable, humanly clever and capable of evil…totally comparable to people whenever it is convenient or needed to excuse vicious, subhuman behavior in humans.

And still again, people then turn around and claim to be divine and separate from animals in our compassion and intelligence, and use “animal!” as the lowest insult in describing a vicious sadistic criminal of our own kind. Will these human wonders never cease?

4651825567_cb7ace9910_bJudas goats aren’t used much any more; things are done on a much more massive scale now with a great deal of automation, “factory farming” style. But the Judas goats’ evil legacy as betrayers hounds them still, serving to provide people with a handy-dandy excuse to believe it’s okay for us to ruthlessly use/confine/slaughter animals as we see fit. After all, people believe, animals are evil betrayers too…just look at the Judas goat!

That “betrayer” is only one example, but a prime one, so I’ll not go on to cite more examples of such anthropomorphism by anti-animal advocates. Any possible readers are welcome to list their own examples in comments, and I’d enjoy reading them.

In Conclusion

It isn’t animal advocates or vegans who childishly attribute human characteristics to animals…we respect their individuality and their animalness. It is mainstreamers, meat eaters, and those who approve of animal exploitation and killing who anthropomorphize them, and to an extreme degree, when “needed.”

But that life-as-commodity mindset also includes other humans as commodities in that collective (if nicely hidden) heart of hearts. This is what allows all sorts of destructive behaviors and beliefs (and crimes) to continue to flourish in our “civilization.” We can see examples all around us every day. Just monitor the daily news either locally or around the world and get a truly sickening mind full of it, continually.

kid_petting_sheep_zoo_atlantaCount your blessings for getting through every day in this mad world where we’re all largely abandoned by whatever created it. Appreciate every positive aspect of your life. But grow to deserve those, and more, by respecting the lives of innocent others and stopping your own contribution to the terror and violence of this world. No longer be a betrayer. That can only lead to great improvements in the world if we all make that vow and stick to it.

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The Demise of a Very Difficult Friend

UPDATES thru 12/23/2016: 
1) RHCP “Sick Love” video
2) See ** below video
3) See memorial mural of Dave at very bottomdave-l-4

My friend David was a very troubled soul, suffered from all sorts of destructive addictions. He was a loud, assertive, friendly big guy, and a drummer for different bands over the years. He looked pretty much like a thug, tattooed, gangsterish garb, shaved head, bandanas, etc. But I saw, behind all of it, his real, severely hidden self, and liked him from the first loud hello shouted at me from up on his landing. He’d moved into my condo complex a bit before I did and we met soon thereafter…match made in purgatory, so to speak, lol.

His childhood was less than ideal, to put it mildly. He turned out as somewhat of a narcissist, but with a good, caring, protective man underneath all the image consciousness and cruelty meant to drag certain people…me included…way down. It was all I could do to hold onto my fragile self-esteem throughout. He was nearly 21 years younger than me, and our attempt at a romantic relationship was a mistake from the beginning and we both knew it…but it didn’t stop us, for a short time anyways, from March through July of 2013. There were always the other women held up to me as threats of losing him if I didn’t toe the line. Well, I thought, would that be so bad? Since I never actually “owned” him in the first place, as another more assertive woman was so quick to do. He ended up abandoning her in the end, too, as soon as domestic bliss with her seemed at hand. He’d then used his open affection for old me in an attempt to make her jealous, it seemed. Strife with women was all he could understand…a happy, loving, healthy relationship with a woman was outside his reach. Something I can relate to well, sadly enough.

My two dogs, Lily and Mattie, loved him to pieces…Lily without fear, but Mattie feared his drunken or drugged behavior as possibly harmful (accidentally) to her, although he never harmed my dogs due to my watchfulness. To see Mattie so torn between love and fear was heartbreaking.

David cared so much for me that he wanted me to steer clear of him and not allow his ruination into my nice, orderly, sentimental life, so he did his utmost to repel me despite our being hopelessly drawn to each other. And he finally succeeded. And then he was bewildered and saddened by my truly disconnecting from him as anything other than a distant friend. He did then finally declare his love for me in a few brief emails prior to his running away from his life once again, back in January 2015, and those messages I will always keep or remember and think of him fondly for them. I love him too, but it was a very sick love on both our parts…

** By the way, no, Dave was not vegan…anything but; but he was supportive and wanted to go vegan to please me when he was in that frame of mind. So no, his addictions, problems and death were not vegan-diet related in the slightest, in case anyone wants to come to that conclusion.

David had attempted suicide before, not just once, and he finally achieved an end to his life this past August (or thereabout) of 2016. He’d been traveling (with nothing but the clothes on his back and a backpack) around the west coast from Washington State down to San Diego and staying who knows where for the last year and a half of his life. His death could have been from a drug overdose, murder, final stages of illness…suicide…no one knows, as far as I’ve been told by the family. What remained of his body wasn’t found up on a cliff near the Camp Pendleton Marine Base until many weeks after his death. He was his family’s only child, so of course they were profoundly saddened and left worse than gapingly empty by this loss, despite David’s having been on a collision course with an early death for much of his life.

Following, in tribute to David, are images of the area where he passed on…he did pick a beautiful spot with ocean and sky surely his last physical perceptions of this world…

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Rest in peace, my difficult friend. I hope you’ve become a healed and healthy spirit and joined my gang of guardian angels (whole lotta dogs among them if I should be so honored), as well as that of your other loved ones, especially your beloved daughter.

Below is David’s memorial mural at Venice Beach, CA, done by a friend just recently…

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Put them into your tummy, then all is right!

Just sharing an article here, along with a brief carp fest…

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Hey there, “human” (wise & kind) beings:

If you’re going to torture and execute innocent helpless animals as your fun hobby, be sure you stuff them into your face afterwards and digest them and don’t “waste” any part of them, or else people worldwide will despise you and celebrate if you die from a bumbling accident while all stoked and oblivious while out there gleefully shooting birds.

Italy – Lion hunting veterinarian dies after falling 100ft into ravine on a bird shoot: 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/veterinarian-hunt-lions-dies-falling-100ft-ravine-shooting-birds-italian-luciano-ponzetto-a7476441.html

In reference to the article’s comments saying in effect, “If he’d have eaten the animals it would be okay, but he was only having fun, so he shoulda had a lot worse death!” That of course leaves room for all the caging/using/killing normal people enjoy…but of course…gotta have that, to survive! This further goes to explain why many people also hate vegans, who somehow survive quite well without caging/using/killing animals…making good folks look like liars! The invention and thorough utilization of twisted, lofty sounding excuses for monstrous behavior, such as animal testing, puppy breeding, slaughterhouses, and all the rest of the “necessary evils” is the Hallmark of Humanity, after all. Gosh, I so love our species…

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