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Dark thoughts?

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Lou, Jun 14, 2018 at 12:21 PM.

  1. Lou

    Lou Member

    Jun 8, 2018
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    So in this week's news, we hear the President of the US calling undocumented immigrants "animals". We see their children kept in cages.

    As an ethical vegan, this makes my head spin.

    Isaac Bashevis Singer compared animal livestock production to the Holocaust. A lot of people criticized him for this. Probably more would have if he hadn't been a Holocaust survivor himself. Some of his most famous quotes have to do with how mercy and justice cannot survive in a meat-eating culture. *

    But this present day racism is it just of an extension of speciesism or have we turned a corner? Most Americans are acclimated to treating animals inhumanely. But what happens to our society when we treat people inhumanely? I'm hoping that perhaps there will be some kind of backlash.

    Anyway, I'm hoping to hear some points of view. I have not been able to get my own head around this so I'm hoping for something to hang on to.

    *“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”
    ― Isaac Bashevis Singer
  2. Kellyr

    Kellyr Member

    Jun 5, 2018
    +19 / 0 / -0
    This entire administration has stressed me out. The lack of human compassion is mind-blowing.

    I kind of feel like it's opposite, though - the more compassion we are willing to extend to our fellow humans, I think the more we find ourselves willing and wanting to be compassionate to other species, as well.

    Although I've heard plenty militant vegans wishing death on all humans, too, and that is not a step in a good direction, either.
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