My toddler is currently cuddled in my lap. She's recovering from the discovery that food comes from other living things. This is a hard lesson to face, but one we all should remember. Our world of industrial farming and supermarkets have distanced us from realizing that the dollar menu once lived in a feedlot, or grew in fields.
If we all take the time to remember the lives that were sacrificed, so that we could eat, the world would be a better place. Truly knowing the source of our food forces us to eat more humanely. Some of us forgo the violence of meat and choose to eat lower on the food chain, while others buy meat from local small farmers who humanely raise and slaughter their animals.
Maybe we all should go fishing and see the spirit of the fish as it fights the hook. We can do as my daughter, and notice that fish have eyes like people. Whatever your choice, remember the sacrifice of the plants and animals that feed us. The next time you buy food, find out its story. Learn where it came from and how it was raised, try growing your own, the meal will be more satisfying because you know what went into it.