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Friday, February 13, 2009

The Value of a Life

Even though I consider myself to be a pretty cynical person, I still marvel at how people choose to prioritize life. This life has more value than that life. This is particularly the case with animals. These beings have LIFE and for that mere fact alone, I believe they deserve respect.

Their lives are as precious to them as ours are to any of us. Why are we so callous in taking it away from them?

For example, why should an animal with years of life be sacrificed so someone can have a meal that may last 30 minutes and which gets flushed down the toilet shortly afterwards? I’m married to a meat eater and he can’t provide a better answer than “It just tastes good.”

Why should an animal suffer excruciating pain so a women can dab makeup on her face? Most of the women I know don’t even benefit from the makeup. Either you have beauty or you don’t. Get over it.

I just don’t understand it.

2 comments:

coinin said...

Hear, hear. Well said. I couldn't agree more. And I too find it baffling that humans can have such disregard for life. How can one truly value their own life, if they have no respect for life in general?

It betrays extreme arrogance and selfishness.

One particular case where I find this "animal-life-is-not-sacred/doesn't count" attitude especially hypocritical is pro-lifers; the first thing I ask them is, "So are you vegan then?"

ladykat said...

Good point!