Eat by Yoko Ono
Published in Asahi Graphic magazine in 1974. Translated
When vegetarians say it is a crime to eat animals or it
is bad for the body and so on, it is unbearably amusing. How could they say something
like that? I don't understand things like it is a crime to kill whales and it
is OK to kill cows. It is not strange at all when there is a man who lives by
only drinking gasoline or a woman who lives by only eating glass. I think that
it is natural for one to eat what one wants by all means for that moment and it
is good for the health too. If one wants to eat glass by any means, he might as
well eat it desperately. It is not a big deal even if the blood comes out a little
bit, and if you want to eat that much, I think the throat would naturally open
a bit to accept the glass.
I think it is fantastic to eat
flowers that one has watered every day and fed love and energy or eat a dead pig
that one has loved. Because one likes it, one eats it. To eat is the highest expression
of love. If I die and the one whom I love eats me, I think that that would be
my ultimate happiness. There was a story in China a long time ago about eating
a Saint's flesh, and I think everything you love to eat is Saint's flesh.
eat is to make the food become a part of your body, so it is important. If we
eat the slaughtered meat, the bile that came out of the suffering is absorbed
to our body with the meat and becomes a part of us. On the other hand, when we
eat the things we do not like, the bile comes out from the body and no matter
what we eat, everything turns acidic.
Then I wonder where
did we go wrong? Humans who have become accustomed not to eat what they like,
but to eat compulsively what they do not like so much or hate. Humans who have
kept eating what society and/or their parents made them geath bearing
to the best of their capacity. I think such humans will resort to violence. I
have pity on the human race so much. It also runs to the lifestyle of modern people
who do not have courage to confront a loved one in person and associate suitably
with people whom they do not like so much with using flattery. Humans are getting
perverted. I think it starts with eating what they do not like. And our hearts
do not know it, but our bodies know it. Therefore, every time impossibility is
piled up, the shoulders are getting squared, the back is getting rounded, and
the mouth is getting bent.
No matter what we do, let's have
courage to eat what we like at that moment. People may laugh at me if I say let's
have that much love and sympathy for our bodies, but this is what I am persuading
myself to do.