Bilingual Sumerian Proverbs, Babylonia c. 2000-1700 BC

Written in Neo Sumerian and Old Babylonian cuneiform on clay, containing 42 proverbs, a folk tale and a fable. This is the only known major bilingual proverb tablet of Old Babylonian origin.

Some of the proverbs say:

-Strength does not compare to the possession of intelligence.

- My strength is my god, but it is finished by myself.

- A swift one caught a gazelle, but a strong man carried it away.

- The small pig roots, “I will not eat it for pleasure” he said.

The folk tale is about a man getting increasingly old, his declining physical abilities, and the effect of a young girl on him. It is the oldest known example of a theme well attested in later world literature. The best known examples are 1 Kings 1:1 ff. and 2:17 ff., Eccl. 12: 1-7, and the Merchant’s Tale in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

When an entirely unnatural lifestyle is so normalized, it may seem easy for one to bring down the concept of veganism. Eating plants is the natural way for humans to thrive and minimize disease, but you may argue that we already go against the grain of nature by driving cars and living in brick buildings, and that we certainly don’t thrive upon chasing a false consumerist society. So if we already engage in so many unnatural actives that drain us and bring us down, why should it matter if we add one more to the list? Animals kill animals. That’s nature, right?

EXCEPT…

..we’re not wild, and furthermore, we don’t need meat/eggs/milk from other species regardless. Not only do we not need it.. it actually makes us sick. 

But let’s go with the classic stereotyped situation for a moment: the lion and the gazelle. That’s all we see on nature documentaries, isn’t it? Animals hunting animals. We’re supposed to believe that we should do the same because animal agriculture sells. But the lion is hunting because it needs meat to live. The gazelle is running because it values its life, right up to the last breath. Some days the gazelle may get lucky and live to see another day, but usually it will die in the chase. However, the important thing about this occurrence is that both animals are allowed the right to be what they are for every moment of their lives. Our warped culture of farming, keeping and using animals is selfish exploitation. The mass slaughter and the cruelty is only part of how we are at fault here; what we take away from other animals is the right to live out their natural existence and be what they are. 

fun dog facts: violet is convinced that she can’t step on my blanket. the only way she’ll go across my bed is if the blanket isn’t there, or if i move it so she can walk by, or — in rare cases — she’ll take a flying gazelle leap over it

An unbelievably delightful day at the Gazelle palace today. Working on some art, did yoga on the beach with my dear friend Ana Cristina. We smoked joints and ate fruit on the balcony with with plants. She makes me dream. I love her.

clivenuzlockeadventure said:

Which IRL creature would you like to see become a type of pokemon?

((I WANT MAGPIE POKEMON AND ACTUAL HYENA POKEMON AND GAZELLE POKEMON AND WOLVERINE AND BADGER AND DIFFERENT KIND OF DOG POKEMON AND NEW FISH POKEMON AND I WANT AN ACTUAL FUCKING SPIDER POKEMON PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!))

I FINALLY FINISHED!

this literally took me like 2 days to complete and i am so proud of it!!!

Now about the character designs, the faces and the poses are traced from Viria’s Genderbent Jason and piper, but mostly just the face lineart, I tried to do the rest from scratch, i actually struggled with Gus’s arm …

clearly gus looks great….and well ORANGE, BUTTONED DOWN shirt…. see what i did there?

and dont ask about hazel…i have no idea why i drew that outfit but oh well!

and suffice to say i love the way both their hair came out!!!

gah..can i fanboy over my own creation?

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