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Hunting (and Procuring Your Own Food) is Freedom

I was reading Anthem by Ayn Rand today and I found a paragraph that struck me as profound.

The narrator has just escaped from mental captivity in the city where everything is provided but liberty.  Sure, the inhabitants are provided food and shelter but they are told what to eat, what to do and when to do it.  He wakes from his first morning out of the city…

We stopped when we felt hunger. We saw birds in the tree branches, and flying from under our footsteps. We picked a stone and we sent it as an arrow at a bird. It fell before us. We made a fire, we cooked the bird, and we ate it, and no meal had ever tasted better to us. And we thought suddenly that there was a great satisfaction to be found in the food which we need and obtain by our own hand. And we wished to be hungry again and soon, that we might know again this strange new pride in eating.

2 comments to Hunting (and Procuring Your Own Food) is Freedom

  • AYN RAND? Reaaaaaaally? I thought I liked you before, but now its LOVE! (ANTHEM is mandatory for every American 16 and over. “ATLAS” is my Beagle’s name)

    Thank you for your even handed treatment of everything from snobby organic foodies to TRULY (for all the unpretentious reasons)loving the land enough to husband it for the future.

    You might find true fidelity in the pages of a cookbook by an English gentleman, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall— THE RIVER COTTAGE COOKBOOK. My husband found it for me when he realized that I really WAS going to butcher those cute little rabbits that I raised “from seed”, as my son puts it.

    I am a girl, a wife and mother of boys who was raised gently in the South to hunt, kill, dress and cook my own game. I can even lay a gorgeous, sterling and crystal appointed table on which to serve it.

    Best to you and your mission to bring common sense and great information to the table.

    P.S. and I LOVE frog giggin’. ;)

  • Jason


    That’s a great name for a beagle. I want to see the new movie, so hopefully it comes out on video soon.

    Thanks for you comments and compliments. I’ll have to look up that cookbook. I’m not much of a cook but I do like to read cookbooks!

    Thanks and take care!


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