Tomorrow being our Txgiving Monday, ES and I are embedding for the WP audience “Canadian Thanksgiving Turkey or Vegetarian Dinner” from YouTube:

         posted by danc3ingqu33n on December 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Update:
I confess, the above was just an excuse to tag on to a thought or two regarding the politicization of vegetarianism vs. carnivorism.

Why is it “cruel” to consume animals but not plants? If animals are “living creatures”, isn’t that the case with plants?

The eco-consonant answer would have to be somewhat more complicated than a simple Yes/No, Right/Wrong dichotomy would allow. I have never been a big meat-eater, to which my grandmother could attest–she had to coax me, even trick me into eating meat, since she believed in proteins, having had a life which spanned both the hungry aftermath of World War I and then the years before-during-after World Ward II in Europe.

What I am driving at is that I do not have a principled, justifiable reason to feel “nobler” than the average meat-eater, merely because most of the time I do not crave meat. I still consume vegetables. Not to forget minerals like salt, all the Vita-Vim for Women Ca, Mg,…

So the multi-edged question, What would constitute eco-consonant Human-Biotic Nature Relatedness, and I might say Abiotic Nature as well, if we are to push that line of thought to its logical extreme? Can we draw the line between survival-justifiable fauna-flora-abiotics consumption? And, really, ANY drastic modification within any of the three classes?

“Sleeping on” the above for a few years now has not yielded other than a Sliding Divide solution. And, Yes, negotiating such a Divide would no doubt involve a mind-boggling mix of considerations determined by different “situatedness“-es, hence physiological needs, socially-constructed habits/norms, axiological beliefs.

More Txgiving links:

The origins of Canadian TG, going back to French explorer Martin Frobisher’s safe homecoming celebration in 1578 and the Native Indians’ harvest-related rituals for a sufficiently long time before him:

The Pilgrim origins of the American version (1621), instituted as an annual civic holiday in various formats since President Lincoln’s proclamation

but also reaching toward influences from the Spanish in Florida (1565), pilgrim celebrations in Leiden (1574).

Oh, and btw, the above link speaks of Txgiving incarnations world-wide–in Grenada and the Netherlands.