In order to live a creative life, it is important to have a felt sense of our interdependence with the world around us. As living organisms we depend upon other living organisms to fuel our own metabolic functions and, by extension, our creativity.
In this video from Chipotle restaurants, a chain that began in my home town of Denver, Colorado, powerful animation, the haunting lyrics of Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” and the captivating voice of singer and activist Willie Nelson offer a powerful message on the current treatment of farm animals, including all the chemicals they are filled with to maximize returns, and the effect this has on the quality of the food we eat.
Many of us, including myself, are quite ignorant as to where the foods we put in our bodies come from. Moreover, many of us are blind to the way in which those foods are grown, cultivated, and processed along the way. I do believe, however, that for the sake of our own well-being and the well-being of all sentient creatures, it is essential that we implement new ways of growing plants and raising animals in a way that makes all of us more healthy. Plants and animals have been serving us since the beginning of conscious self-awareness and the dawn of creativity. As this video suggests, it is essential that we do our part to honor those relationships to keep us all healthier across the spectrum of body, mind, and spirit. Beautifully done, Chipotle!