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Eating Octopus

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

One of my sons reports having eaten a live octopus, so naturally I had to go look up videos of others doing the same. My son is currently living in Asia. Perhaps he felt the need to experience his temporary cultural surroundings to the fullest. Or maybe he was just really hungry for something different. Maybe he had been out drinking first. Whatever the case... don't watch this video if you have a weak stomach:

You watched it anyway... didn't you! On the one hand, I'm happy that my son is open minded enough to try new things as we seem to have far too many close-minded people on the planet right now. Or maybe I'm in denial and am applying an "approved by Mom" label to this horrific act. But is it horrific? To a closed mind it is. See how I'm spinning in circles?

The tendency is to relate, emotionally, to the octopi's struggle to survive and to the apparent torture of being eaten alive. Yeah, but.... But eating and being eaten has been going on since...teeth were invented. No, even before that! eons and eons

All the so-called sages throughout all our recorded eons eventually remind everyone of one simple truth: We can only really be alive in the moment. The past is gone. The future hasn't happened. And the present can be reduced to nanoseconds. Did the octopus really feel "torture" (a human concept). Or was it's struggle to survive no different than mating or swimming free in the ocean.

Each moment....just......IS.
Not good.
Not bad.
PS How do octopus mate?
PPS I want to make really really clear that I am not condoning torture; and you won't catch me eating an octopus any time soon. I guess I've come full circle yet again.
posted by Deb, 4:25 PM


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