Birth of a Beef Patty
Tobias feeds on grass. He drinks water. He farts, releasing methane into the atmosphere. He feeds. He consumes. He is the fattened calf. He is now ready to serve his purpose. Like Jesus to the cross, Tobias is led to the slaughterhouse.
He is reduced to nothing more than a slab of meat and bone. But three days later, he does not rise again. Instead, he is flown in a deep-freeze cargo plane to the deep western corners of the North American continent, where his meat will be ground and made into parries by McDonald's. Tobias makes sixteen patties. He will be put into Cheeseburgers, served in Los Angeles, California. He will be consumed by children at birthday parties, teenagers trying to make the most of their allowance, middle aged men on their way to work, a homeless woman trying to keep warm in the middle of January. Tobias has served the purpose he was born for, in the middle of the grassy plain, at four o' clock, on a spring afternoon in North Carolina.