Monday, June 09, 2003
I'm baa-aack: Reading through your as-usual excellent job whilst I was away. I'll comment as I see fit. First up, mankind as animal. Your last point on man merely being the last (so far) evolution on the food chain is right on. Whether you're an atheist, agnostic or died-in-the-wool conservative Catholic/Jew/Hindu, we're here for a reason. Whether it's the same reason as a tree frog, or whether it's for some higher purpose, it doesn't matter. We have to eat, drink, sleep and expel waste, just like the aforementioned tree frog. We're the only species to question as to how. Because we do so question, I think it would be beneath us as the highest order to merely do it like cows ("it" being not the pentultimate "it"), again regardless of why you believe we exist. We should strive to make the world better only if for the self-serving interest of passing it along to our offspring. Of course, this begs the question of what the impact is NOW from what we're doing. As for animals, I think they're below us and we can eat them. My issue is more along the lines, again, of how we eat them, and how we use them in our lives. Because we can ask these questions, we should strive for enlightened answers, not the easy way out. One read of "Fast Food Nation" and you'll see that we have a long way to go.