“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Humans are part of the natural world, and yet although the natural world is hard and unforgiving in many ways, it’s also abundant and generous. It all depends on your point of view and what your reaction to it is. Have a listen to Ben Harper‘s delightful, bittersweet tune,

Welcome to the Cruel World,

while you think about the upcoming summer, and the potential treats bound to ensue. And perhaps none is more American than the s’more. When you think about s’mores, those delectable delights of summer, you probably think of a lovely pastoral scene: roaring campfires, toasted marshmallows, and good fun among family and friends.

Image credit: Bakerlady Tonya, via http://mybakerlady.com/2012/05/29/perfect-smores/.

Image credit: Bakerlady Tonya, via http://mybakerlady.com/2012/05/29/perfect-smores/.

Little do you know of the cruelty that actually goes into these treats. Maybe if you did — maybe if you knew of the horrendous conditions that s’mores were raised in — you’d think twice before indulging.

Image credit: S’more to love S’more maker on Amazon.com.

Image credit: S’more to love S’more maker on Amazon.com.

Because the conditions… well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.