Monday, October 17, 2011

Loving Animals and Eating Them - Mutually Exclusive?

I love animals, so why do I eat them? Because I am a carnivore, and just like I do not blame them for eating each other - and sometimes us - as nature intended, I do not blame myself for doing the same. Like a wise lion once said, it's the circle of life.

R: are you sure you are not an omnivore?
did nature intend for us to enslave the animals and treat them like a commodity to be mass produced on farms in appalling conditions?

A: Are you sure we are not herbivores? It seems that if you ask different people you will get different answers with compelling arguments. So no, as they're not sure, I'm not sure.
"Appalling conditions", being that "appalling" is subjective, are not a given nor is it synonymous with farming. Evolution is a part of nature, and because of evolution we have become more intelligent, thus more efficient. Therefore we don't have to be hunters and gatherers, as we have a more efficient strategy for survival - and survival is a driving force of nature. So I in that sense, I would say yes, it's as nature intended.

R: mkkay, if you say so (sic)

A: Great response, dismissive sarcasm is always a brilliant way to end a discussion. Emotional behavior is no substitute for rational arguments. If I'm right, it's not because I say so, it's because the argument is logical. At times another person's arguments will simply be stronger than one's own. If I find myself cornered and unable to refute an opponent's points, then I'll be honest and reasonable enough to concede defeat. I'm not stubbornly determined to keep objecting even after I have been proven wrong. I'll learn from my mistakes, and move on. Just because you lose a debate doesn't mean you are obligated to change your opinion. So if you have a better argument, I'm listening. But, by your choice of words, I understand that this is a sensitive subject, so if you're not open to being wrong, then this is not a productive argument, it's an impossible one.