#1. The bombs have been launched, volcanoes are erupting, the virus is spreading, the earth is quaking, yaddy yada yada. Doomsday is upon us. Pretty much everyone you ever loved is dead or undead. Resources are scarce, especially food. It's a dog eat dog world and most of the other people are assholes. So, do you eat them?
No, duh. I wouldn't. But I still wouldn't eat animals either. If I even made it past the first 6 hours [which, let's be honest] I would likely eat blades of grass, tree bark, and moldy cans of beans. At that point I'd probably die, but hey, is this post-apocalyptic world worth living in anyway?
#2. You put a gun to my head, or give me some other strong motivation, and tell me I have to pick a plate and eat one of the meats. Let's say both plates look clean and the meat is well presented. One is a pig, the other is a human.
*gasp* SHOCK AND AWE! I guess. I didn't think that stance would be such a big deal. I know a lot of vegetarians who would eat the human. However, it didn't go over well at work today during what I thought was a casual conversation that got a lot more real after I said I'd eat the human. Rather, I announced somewhat dramatically that "I would eat human before an animal if I had to" which I realize now can be misinterpreted. Hence the blog post.
So hear me out, I'm not a cannibal. I would not like to eat humans. If civilization fell apart and we were allowed to do whatever the hell we wanted all the time and no one said "gee, you ate Tommy and that's super fucked up; we're gonna lock you up now" I still wouldn't want to eat Tommy. I wouldn't want to eat Tommy's dogs, cats or goats either. It fills me with heartache to think that another life had to be stopped so that I could eat. Another being with feelings and emotions, perhaps more primitive than my own (depending on the species and whether or not Tommy was a psychopath), had to give up - against it's will because nothing wants to die - it's most precious, valuable thing only so I could eat. At least with an adult* (*super important distinction, under no circumstances I would eat a child) human being they were cognizant of their life, the implications of their decisions, and the consequences of their actions that led them to my plate. It sucks, and it would truly be horrible, but at least in theory Tommy could have changed his fate. We are at least equal in our ability to manipulate our environment, which isn't true for animals.
Also, I'm not trying to insinuate that I would kill a human before another animal just because I like animals better. I don't. I like us all equally, which I guess is part of the problem? I don't want to kill anything. Even weeding is hard for me. I'm that level of sensitive.
#3 Your car is speeding down the road when suddenly you have to make a choice between hitting a cow or a human. Who do you hit? Again, I chose to hit the human. At least I'd like to be the person that hits the human. At the end of the day, I don't know how I would truly react in this kind of situation. But, allowing for intense critical thinking seconds before making a dire decision, I'd like to hit the human. After all, the cows didn't build the roads. They didn't even understand the danger they were in. The human did, and still they took the risk.
Obviously, this is easy to postulate when I can imagine the humans as rapists and dirtbags. OF COURSE if I thought someone was faced with the choice of running over my husband or a cow I would want them to choose the cow. Nothing is ever simple or black and white, not even an impassioned opinion. That's part of being human. Let's say we are back in Apocalypse Land and for some reason I have to choose between a stranger and my dog, I'll probably kill the stranger. If I have to choose between a bear and my child, well I'm gonna go Full Leo on that bear. There are so many elements to consider that change the outcomes drastically! I just want us all to be happy. But at some point yeah... I would eat people.