now here's a question for you. would you accept a dinner invitation from hannibal, knowing he eats humans? Or would it repulse you past the point because you realize it's a human being you're eating. Someone that used to have a life, a family, friends, a job. In the same respects, why can we look at animals one way but not humans? Dont we hunt, kill and eat animals despite knowing they have a family, friends and lives? I mean, scientifically speaking, humans /are/ mammels are they not?
Ooh, I really like this question and please, never fear that you’re creeping me out by asking these questions (in reference to later text).
I would accept a dinner invitation from him. Now, I’ve thought about this quite a bit and for quite a long time. Almost two years, actually.
I have this curiosity that’s quite terrible and takes my mind to extraordinarily dark places. I have wondered what human flesh tastes like. I’ve heard that it’s one of the most decedent meats on Earth. My scientific curiosity got the better of me because I thought to myself one day after I was done reading Hannibal. “That can’t be right. The brain has chemicals and such in it that it would be harmful.”
Sure as shit, the brain was one of the worst things to eat. You can literally go mad. The heart can give you a disease. The kidneys can make you sicker than all get out. The lungs are probably the only edible organs. However, the best part of any human to eat, just like any animal, is the sweetbreads. Here:
Humans are indeed mammals, but we hold ourselves as something higher because we have pissing contests with each other that exceed butting our heads together and fighting for the female. We wage war with each other over trivial complications. It’s stupid.
So, yes. I would accept a dinner invitation from Hannibal. Just out of pure curiosity. (THAT WAS REALLY DEMENTED I AM SO SORRY. BUT I’VE BEEN WANTING TO SAY IT AND SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE OF CANNIBALISM FOR SOME TIME NOW. JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU ASKED.)
and in that respect, why do we choose to eat one thing but not another? Why do we eat cows and pigs, but not dogs and cats? Why do we eat some things but not the others? Because we've given them emotions? because they don't speak? Because we're convinced that humans are the highest link the in food chain?
We’ve made ourselves the highest in the food-chain, when in reality, we’re one of the weakest. We evolved in a way that compensated for our lack of animal-like characteristics. Our brains make up for our inability to fight off a bear with our bare hands. (buhdumtss)
We give endearing qualities to certain animals. Some of us find cows and pigs far too adorable to eat, others call it inhumane.
In our most primitive state, humans are omnivorous. We need both meat and vegetation. Without a balance (such as a meat substitute if someone was a vegetarian/vegan) certain parts of the human body wouldn’t develop to completion or they wouldn’t reach full potential.
I think the reason we grow attached to domesticated animals is because they are domesticated. They are like a small child for us to take care of. However, some animals provide (or provided) us with their talents. Sheepdogs are used to rally flocks of sheep, hounds to hunt, German Shepherds for protection. Cats keep the mice away. They are useful. And in return, we fed them. After we mentally evolved and became intellectual beings, things changed. They became more like illiterate pals than allies. So, we kept them on. At least, that’s my interpretation.