The cruelty of eating forces us to confront death.
We legislate eating because we fear death. This gives us a feeling of control. That control is an illusion, illustrated by the “Because.” How we treat animals is thus in a set relation, prescribed by the He-bible.
We fear animals because they take away our knowledge by showing us that it is founded only on a “Because.”
We cannot know the animal, but we can love it or we can be cruel to it. We cannot love what is known, only what is unknowable. God is not loved because he is known, love for him is legislated and is not love.
To treat the animals differently than decreed is impure and is a crime. By excluding animals, we also exclude the part of ourselves that is cruel. The part of ourselves that is cruel, and that faces death, is imund, like the animal.
Beyond the world, there is a human nature, or perhaps animal nature, natural to us all. This animal nature is located at the root.
It is painful to descend to the root because we must exclude ourselves, be in exile like the animal. Exile is uncomfortable but magical and transformative. People cannot tolerate those that live in joy, by their own laws or without laws. By exile ourselves we become imund, out-of-this-world.
To become imund, however, leads to joy although the journey down is cruel and painful. The root is inexperiencable without other living things. To become imund is to be cruel to an animal, to devour it for the sake of oneself as animal, not as lawful human; it is to become impure through it, by being like it.
We are not taught that in pain and cruelty is joy. The joy that comes after sorrow is much greater than the joy that came before it. After the pain and rage of exile, if one survives, there is joy.
To become imund is to feel joy like the animal as beyond the human. The animal world, to be face to face with an animal, enriches the human world. There is a shared earth, the world of the animal and the plant and the river and the desert, without which our world would not have meaning.