David N. Snyder wrote: Ron-The-Elder wrote:
or being a zoo-o-phile.
I hope that is some kind of joke?
Hi, Dave. Not a joke. Most plants like light, are attracted to light, literally need light, because that is where they get the photon energy necessary to thrive and conduct their metabolic processes, such as photosynthesis. They are therefore called "photo-philes".
Carnivores cannot manufacture their own nutrients as can plants, and as a result "are attracted dietarily to animals", usually herbivores, lower order carnivores, carion, and logically from a dietary perspective can properly be called zoo-o-philes, because that is how they prefer to gather their nutrients, by eating animals to get the energy necessary to thrive and conduct their metabolic processes.
Herbivores are animals that prefer plants and can logically, therefore, be labled as "herb-o-philes". Lovers of plants. People, who love plants for their esthetics, can also be called herb-o-philes, but this has nothing to do with dietary preferences. Vegetarians are in the dietary sense herb-o-philes. In the social justice sense some could be called "zoo-o-philes", because of their love and respect for animals and would avoid eating them, given a choice.
, many fish, dogs and bears,like us humans and other higher order primates for example) are attracted dietarily to both plant and animal forms of nutrients, and can use either effectively to thrive. It seems to me that they (we humans) are the only creatures in samsara, which have a true choice, as the term "phile" is the case of nutrient preference and energy gathering equals an attachment. The rest is dictated by nutrient type availability. In the tundra and Arctic Biomes, there is little plant-life availability. So, to survive, we may have to rip out the throat of a baby seal, or penguin, unless we can find a frozen carcas and have the means to thaw it out.
All of us have a need to consume life in order to live. It seems only omnivores truly have a choice as to what they consume given that both forms of nutrients are present from which to choose.
Hope this clears thing up!