What happens after I die?
For non-animals issues, where people are achingly and painfully way smarter, we have our memorials. We have our museum. We have the US Holocaust Museum (with the very accurate description: “never again starts here”) which’s purpose is to make sure it won’t happen again and that people’s death won’t be in vain, the Gulag Virtual Museum (without it, past time, no one would know it ever existed. I knew very little of it myself, in a country where over 10% of its the population is USSR immigrants, many of them first or second generation to immigration), we have The military Intelligence Museum (which I can connect to: breaking the silence is both a need of the family and of other people, which stems from our natural curiosity), The Israeli Intelligence Heredity Museum and International Spy Museum so that the secrets people took to grave could be revealed and the work continued, not necessarily the top classified secrets, but the basic principles of information gathering, standing in front of the danger of extinction due to their high class which, at times, can be safely published after the mission ended and exposed. We have History Channel (now you decide whether it has agenda and more or less transparent ideology, how come mass massacre like our fellow homo neanderthals species massacre by the homo sapiens never mentioned, and whether History Channel and history channels as a whole in the broad sense of the term, document history, make history, remake history, change history and so on, and I guarantee you a jump right into the deep water of Documentary Cinema philosophy, which has a lot in common with the broader history philosophy. Yep, there are times when Studying cinema pays), history as a core at schools, we make sure achievements and failures, which at least can be seen as the achievement of knowledge about what not to do, will not die out only for history to start over and over again (you can see the common denominator for one’s desire to build a virtual or physical museum: a place for a population that doesn’t speak or won’t speak or is not heard. Animals fall to more than one category…they don’t speak, and even if they would, people won’t hear them. Some people can’t testify or won’t testify, therefore the museum testify and serve as evidence to something’s existed, many times for a juridical case existence). History is the memory, the collective memory, similar to the one that’s role is to make sure that if we touch the flame and survive to tell, we’ll never do it again, and will never again be victims, never again abusers, and never again their allies – the bystanders who encourage by silence and lip-service. History is how we learn for the next time, and as I see it, this is why my people, Israeli Jews, are so involved with Animal Rights. A lot of holocaust teaching here, as well as in Germany, which also stood out with remarkable animal rights activity. As holocaust history researcher and an Animal Rights educator Charles Patterson wrote in his book Eternal Treblinka, a lot of activity followed the holocaust in Europe, both by holocaust survivors, first, second and third generations, and by Germans shocked at their own country’s deeds, feeling a sense of responsibility mission, so I see it, to make sure it won’t happen again, and to make something out of it. And there are actively arranged visits, school visits, military visits and other planned tourists or other groups’ visits to these museums. For human history, people won’t just sell newspapers about current issues (leafletting), they organize visits to places that sometimes connect the historical to the actual. And in Israel, we have Alternative Independence Day Ceramony, the Nakba Alternative Ceramony – it’s not the common mainstream way for Israelis to remember the Independence Day (which shows), but it exists and has its impact. It’s principle is very similar to museums. You have a place (either virtual or physical, I’m a big fond of the virtual, where people actually are, that’s good to draw people and traffic to you, which is good when you don’t have the push technic – the physical place which, as I see it, only has meaning when you can “push” people to it and make it a must tour, getting more support from your government with grants to the visit to Poland etc. The physical museums’ time will come, but not now, I guess)
But in the Animal Rights Movement, we have mortal carnists whom we speak to in person, which we feel good about, we have mortal animals that we saved, we have social news websites, such as Facebook, where a post from 6 months ago practically never existed for most of the people who enters the page now (how many would bother looking at the archive which never meant to be searched by the average user, supposing he’s not a police officer? No one keeps tracks on these except for ill-intentioned interests-driven people. Facebook wasn’t created to immortalize or memorize anything – it’s the place for today’s news, not for long-term learning from history). How often do we do education for the next generation of carnists, and more crucial, for the next generation of activists so they wouldn’t have to start all over again, repeating our own mistakes, and rather continue from where we stopped? Our very logo was meant to say exactly that. I want something to remain after I die. After we all die. I want a footprint in the concrete, not in the sand, I want fossils to show and proof the truth as its evidence and documentaries are that fossils.
- Being mortal and its consequences on activism (from: Why Cultured Meat). Cultured Meat is only one example, one immensely important example, of a timeless form of activism. It could only be better if it was automated, if robots could build robots that will continuously work to improve it, which we’ll probably, like every product, need. These robots building robots are not sci-fi, there are robots that build robot now, even if not for cultured meat, and it’s time will come too, I believe. That’s the humble vision I see. But for now, we have cultured meat to work on and promote for the suitable, which is also, a source of income, offered grants from both environmental fundraisers, human rights people and animal rights organizations such as PeTA.
- Scientists race to $1m prize for inventing in vitro chicken
- Me, that’s your humble narrator, is a Biologist and Richard Dawkins lover in profession, heart and soul. That’s why you might want to read what I read and know what I know to know how and why I came to think what I think…why I stick to my obsession with independent self-proliferating things (documentaries uploaded to YouTube, Android and web apps and so on). One of the terms that my help you understand my mind is Meme
- A virus – a model and an inspiration for so many people, Biologists or not. Viruses got themselves such bad reputation and public relations, and “suffer” from prejudice so often. Not all of them are bad. Actually, by definition they can’t be bad, since viruses, the biological/chemical entity as well as computer viruses, viral memes, videos etc, are automated and automatically self-proliferated. That, actually, is all you can say about a virus and all that’s included in its definition. It doesn’t necessarily include “deadly”, “harmful” and so on – only self-proliferating. So don’t think you know what a virus is. Read the definition again and this time, with these question in mind: what makes it successful? How do I replicate this success and apply it to what I want to promote?
- Viral video
- Viral phenomenon
- Viral marketing
- Computer virus