A Trespass of Swine

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Considerations of humanity and hogritude, because an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.

A dichotomy of parenthood and husbandry

parenthood and husbandry

Yuke was burdened with memories of her toil in childbirth and by her expectations of the future demands of parenthood and of nurturing her child through adolescence and beyond… While Soo Min could think only of all the recent laughter and cuddling, seasoned with the anticipation of soon-to-come meals of tender Moo Shu pork.

A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an ‘and’ not by a ‘but.’

John Berger from the essay “Why Look at Animals?” in About Looking, (1980).

Additional information:

  • The anthropologist Margaret Mead explains the fundamental nature of husbandry and parenthood in human cultures in Male and Female, (1949).
  • The Symposium on Parenthood and Husbandry, A Three Phase Examination of Biblical and Cooperative Parental Oversight
  • “Somebody and Sons” – You juggle parenthood, family dynamics, animal husbandry, and perpetual change… You have to embrace and understand change.
  • “Why look at Animals?” by John Berger – Berger broke new ground with his penetrating writings on life, art and how we see the world around us. Here he explores how the ancient relationship between man and nature has been broken in the modern consumer age, with the animals that used to be at the centre of our existence now marginalized and reduced to spectacle.

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