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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