Wesker & Son (Wholesale Meats) Human Butchery at Smithfield Meat Market
There were signs at Smithfield Meat Market advertising the presence of Wesker & Son (wholesale meats), a human butchery…and also an unsolved murder…
The resultant controversy about the aesthetics of separated human body parts (thanks to the mildly-named Miss Cakehead) seems to have been generally successful in publicising Resident Evil 6.
What is it about the sight of hanging limbs or torsos that is so repugnant? If humans are equal to animals as some claim, then why the universal disgust at the thought of cannibalism? Social contract (the “i won’t eat you, if you won’t eat me” edition) seems inadequate to explain the revulsion we feel, over and above the existence of any laws prohibiting murder or manslaughter.
The reason why humans are far more precious than animals, says the Bible, is that we have been made in the image of God.
Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9:6)
And actually, aren’t we being rather hypocritical in expressing offense at a human butchery? After all, whom amongst us aren’t murderers? Murder isn’t just about the physical taking of another’s life; it is more concerned with the attitude of the heart that exhibits itself in murder. And so it is on such evil thoughts that we are judged and found wanting:
You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgement.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:21-26)