This is one of the most gorgeous photos I've seen in a long time. Before reading the post, please click on it so that you can see it enlarged, see the full expression on the man's face, and on the sheep's face, and the man's hands:
The man's name is Kenny and he raises sheep for meat on Wooly Egg Ranch, a farm that's been in his family since the 1800's. What's so gorgeous is that Kenny knows he's raising this sheep for meat, and he loves and cares for each and every one of the sheep he tends. Look at how relaxed he is. Could you keep your heart that open knowing what you intended, what you needed to do?
We eat one another. That's what we do to survive. A chain of beings, eating one another to prolong their time on this planet.
Look at that sweet sheep's face. Well cared for. Loved. So full of Yes.
Some folks think this is a reason to be a vegetarian. What about the screaming broccoli? What about the mosquitos squashed mid-meal on your arm? Is it only about animals "with a face"? Only about animals that remind us of ourselves? Only about beings "higher" on the foodchain?
All beings, all and everything that is on this planet is alive. We owe respect to all beings, all shapes and movements and expressions of the Almighty Yes. Rocks, trees, sheep, people, air. We weave in and around one another. We eat one another. That is how it is in this place, this planet.
It isn't what we eat but how. Kenny eats with love and respect. I'm humbled to do better. We must do better . . .