Thinking about eating

At high school we had a course called ‘Car­ing’ (Ver­zorg­ing). One of the few things that I still remem­ber from that, is a movie with a woman who was jump­ing rope and singing: “Know what you eat, kno-o-ow what you ea-eat!” (This was in Dutch, where the words ‘know’ and ‘eat’ actu­al­ly rhyme) After this …

It has not gone unnoticed

I recent­ly watched a few episodes of a Dutch tele­vi­sion pro­gram called The Hok­jes­man, trans­lat­ing to the Box­es Man. Dif­fer­ent groups of Dutch peo­ple are mild­ly iron­i­cal­ly scru­ti­nized in the pro­gram, and it always turns out that the box is much more colour­ful than you’d expect. In the episode about ‘Ani­mal Friends’ the Hok­jes­man vis­it­ed …

Cows ethics

For me, a veg­e­tar­i­an diet is an impor­tant part of striv­ing for non­vi­o­lence. Writ­ing about this puts me in a vul­ner­a­ble posi­tion, because the great major­i­ty of peo­ple do not share this belief, while it is very cen­tral in my life. Veg­e­tar­i­ans can also make the impres­sion of being moral­is­tic; Thieme calls this the ‘accu­sa­tion …