1.1 Cannibalism is for All

Cannibalism is a concept that should be integrated into human minds all around the world. It has many times been used as an insult, and given bad press, but the fact remains that it could be a valuable tool for humanity. It should not only be seen as a practice for only the demented and perverted, as is often portrayed in popular movies such as Silence of the Lambs and Cannibal the Musical. If people opened their minds just a little bit, perhaps they could see through the pool of empty bias to the premise that cannibalism could be considered a decent and respectable lifestyle.

One of the first questions asked about cannibalism is whether there are cannibals around today. The answer to that is definitely affirmative. There are several isolated tribes that practice ritual cannibalism as part of their culture, mainly situated in remote parts of Africa. Outside of those tribes, there are cannibals living in more modern countries. However, such people must keep their eating habit secret, as cultural taboos restrict the consumption of human flesh.

Cannibalism works well in the animal world. Lions, crabs, ants and fish all prey upon their own kind. Other than supplying food, it helps to control their population. A down side to cannibalism in the animal world is that a creature's prey is very close in strength and size, making hunting rather difficult.

Christians may argue that their religion denounces cannibalism. That idea is nothing more than a matter of interpretation. Each time Christians go to church they perform an act of symbolic cannibalism called the Eucharist, the consumption of the body and blood of Christ. Another anecdote of cannibalism relating to Christianity, is a theory popular among non-Christians and atheists. It details another reason for why Christ's body was missing from the tomb. It goes on to say that his body was missing because his disciples did just as he asked, and ate of his body and drank of his blood. It has also been said that when Jesus would sacrifice a lamb or some sort of animal and serve it to his followers, that it was really a person he was offering. Jesus was often referred to as a Shepherd and his followers his flock, thus giving birth to this interesting parallel.

A form of cannibalism that is becoming increasingly more popular and surprisingly accepted is the eating of a placenta. The placenta, which is the home to the baby during its development, can be consumed after childbirth and its subsequent delivery. This structure of the body is said to taste much like liver, and can be eaten in the same fashion as liver and onions. The ceremonial consumption of the placenta is believed to give the person or persons who eat it immunity to disease.

Human flesh, or "long pig," as it is whimsically called, is very high in protein. It is said to taste like chicken with a hint of pork. It is also somewhat stringy. Smokers have a slightly different taste, becoming an acquired taste for most modern cannibals.

The most practical application of cannibalism would be to wipe out world hunger. Everyday perfectly good sources of food are buried in overpriced boxes or incinerated. If these cadavers were used to make food, such waste would be avoided, and the fight against hunger would take a turn for the better.

Cannibalism does not have to be a terrible and deranged thing. It is very natural. The only thing that keeps people from partaking in cannibalism are foolish moral taboos put in place in a time of mass ignorance.