Monday, January 23, 2012

A modest proposal...

(with apologies to Jonathan Swift)...it is worth consideration that all who embrace ethical veganism arrange their affairs that...upon their life's end all their resources be bequeathed to a vegan animal rescue facility/operation and/or vegan advocacy group(s).

A proposal that is a bit less modest: Why not configure society such that upon life's end all acquired resources revert to agencies/organizations created to equitably rebalance the distribution of wealth or whatever (this would include all living beings, not just human ones). That way greedy goobers could have at it but the deck would be reshuffled when they hit the floor/door. No more family dynasties, aristocracies, etc. I suspicion it would be fairly easy then to fund important things like animal protection, education, health-care, research, environmental initiatives and on and on. (of course if someone had beings unable to care for themselves that were dependent upon her/him...their needs would be addressed first).

Just some thoughts.

6 comments:

D.E.M. said...

Swift would be thrilled. I just taught A Modest Proposal this year--and it's all about the destructive imperialism of animal agriculture. Women and children starving as the English exported meat from the land they took from the Irish. It's hard for me not to trace everything that sucks in the world to meat eating, industrial agriculture, etc etc.

Have Gone Vegan said...

I like your proposals. Still have to draw up my will, but am giving serious thought as to what agencies to leave my assets to. Your second proposal makes a lot of sense to me, but I figure that only by the time humans have screwed things up beyond repair will we realize how little sense our species actually has. Hope to be proven wrong though!

p.s. I keep getting told that my characters don't match the word verification -- not sure what's going on.

veganelder said...

Thank you DEM for commenting. Mr. Swift was remarkably prescient. I suspect your identification of the source of suck is right on...especially if you include the attitudes and thinking that implemented and maintains these repugnant and unnecessary behaviors.

veganelder said...

Thank you HGV. Sadly, you're probably correct.

I sometimes get into fusses with those word verification thingees too...if humans created it then it will likely screw up sometimes or often. :-)

Bea Elliott said...

I'm not unlike many... I'm technically worth more dead than alive. I have every intention that my worldly possessions don't go to support any further harm.

As an aside - I also hear that there would be considerably less nonhuman experimentation if more people donated their physical remains to science... Just a thought.

But thanks for the reminder to get our affairs in order - And set in a way that's as fair and honest as the way we hoped to have lived.

Plan well everyone! We can all do good even at the end. ;)

veganelder said...

Thank you for commenting Bea. Indeed, we can all do good!