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Animals were put on the earth to feed us to a large degree. We have i-teeth, we're omnivors if you haven't noticed. We don't have deer teeth.
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I've always found it weird how random people say "bless you" after you sneeze. Its based on a way old superstition that people's hearts stop when you sneeze.
.edit on 25-9-2013 by GreenManXphile because: Forgot word
One explanation holds that the custom originally began as an actual blessing. Gregory I became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague. The blessing ("God bless you!") became a common effort to halt the disease.
I eat meats and other animal products because I A.) I like them, they're more satiating than plant-based foods to me. And B.) I rather dislike hunger, and prefer to answer my body's signals that it's in need of calories, fats, vitamins and minerals. Call that a "ritual" if you want, but understand that the car doesn't go anywhere without whatever fuel you prefer to use.
As for soaps, I prefer to remove the dead skin build up, dirt, body oils and whatever else clings to me over the course of a day. It can be done without soap, but not as thoroughly. Also, there are plenty of plant-based soaps out there to use (I use Nature's Gate, among other animal-free ones)
at the risk of over-sharing, I'm also a naturally pungently scented person. I don't like fumigating the immediate area if I can help it. Ergo, I bathe regularly because I dislike being grimy and smelly. Again, not a ritual to me, but if you want to call it one, knock yourself out.
I rather dislike hunger, and prefer to answer my body's signals that it's in need of calories, fats, vitamins and minerals.
What about the ritual of the commute to work? That could interpreted as a pilgrimage for Capitalism. Additionally what about the use of technology:
Powering them on etc
It depends on interpretation and the scope of what your parameters are when defining a ritual. Certainly, many activities do exist. It is up to us whether we choose to categorize them as rituals. Thought-provoking thread. Good work.