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The World Is Its Own

The things that are true about hunting have been true forever. No matter our relatively recent displacement from the world, the essential mechanics remain unchanged. Being alive means eating. And eating (if we act according to our intended role) means killing. In the trophic flow of energy, mouth to mouth, life is traded for life. The philosophical debates about how best to relate to our food sources have neither subtracted from nor added to this irreducible argument.

The things that are true about hunting have been true forever. No matter our relatively recent displacement from the world, the essential mechanics remain unchanged. Being alive means eating. And eating (if we act according to our intended role) means killing. In the trophic flow of energy, mouth to mouth, life is traded for life. The philosophical debates about how best to relate to our food sources have neither subtracted from nor added to this irreducible argument.