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Old 05-12-2011, 08:45 AM
Quercus Quercus is offline
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: temperate forest
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You're all barking up the wrong, uh, beanstalk here. Clearly the key to the story here is Jack's exchange of a cow, and its meat and milk, for beans, the foundation of a plant-based diet. Like the French movie Delicatessen, this is a tale that pits the meat-eating lifestyle against an alternative vegetarian regime. Jack is of course a young person who leaves home and discovers alternatives, immediately characterized by his elders as 'lazy' because he is not interested in their traditional rat-race. No doubt he has long hair and plays in a band as well. However, he's proved right -- by abandoning the materialist trappings of the industrial factory-farm and satisfying himself with the humble bean, Jack shows that he has actually gained security from want -- the real wealth.