Friday, June 27, 2008

Just Eats

Today, I announce my new series on ethics and eating--Just Eats. It's bound to be infrequently updated, but I'll do my best.

I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately. There's a tendency to think choices related to meeting one's primary needs are justified, even when they detract from the greater good. That can't be right, can it?

Recently, I watched a pretty bad documentary on American consumerism and its impact on the souls of not only the individuals who buy into it but also the suppliers who produce at the lowest cost possible. Throughout What Would Jesus Buy, the suggestion was that Jesus would buy nothing more than a sandwich or maybe a new pair of shoes. Food was the top answer. OK, so we know he was skinny and thrifty. The more compelling question to me is, what sort of food would Jesus buy? In atheist terms: What's right to eat?