Archive | October 2009

Tools of the trade

Racism can be defined as “[t]he belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.” Sexism can be defined as “[d]iscrimination based on gender, especially discrimination against women” and heterosexism can be defined as “a prejudiced attitude or discriminatory practices against homosexuals by heterosexuals.”

Racism, sexism and heterosexism—these are the discriminatory tools of the trade when it comes to debasing others so that injustices can be perpetrated against them and yet still be morally excepted by the masses.

Sadly, there are still many people out there that thoughtlessly prejudge others based on the color of their skin, their gender and/or their sexual orientation. But thankfully the world for the most part is at least aware of the terms racism, sexism, and heterosexism and thus these horrible tools of the trade are little by little being dismantled.

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Why stop beating your spouse?

When someone beats their spouse they can end up harming themselves as well as the environment. The harm to themselves can include retribution from their spouse, bloody knuckles from all the slugging, neighbor complaints about the excess noise, fines and even possible jail time. Environmental harm can come from having to throw away lamps and other household items broken during the “fight” as well as the repeated washing of clothing, furniture and other landing spots of hard to remove blood and other such bodily fluids.

But, although the above mentioned reasons for stopping to beat one’s spouse are valid, the primary reason one should stop beating their spouse is because unnecessarily harming someone is wrong. In fact, one would hope the idea that it is wrong to beat one’s spouse would be the major topic of discussion with an abuser when trying to get them to stop their despicable actions.

That said, why is it that so many animal rights advocates seldom if ever mention that it is wrong to enslave, torture and steal the life away from other animals? Why is it that they talk up the health benefits of a vegan’s diet or the environmental savings a vegan’s diet creates all the while neglecting to mention the major reason folks should stop doing what they do to other animals—because it is wrong?

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We animals

Believe it or not, we humans are just one of the many species of animals that occupy this planet. Moreover, many enlightened folks including the American Dietetic Association are rising above the propaganda and stating the fact that human animals can easily live on a 100 percent plant based diet. In fact, more and more scientists are presenting evidence that eating animals or their secretions is deadly for us.

Why is it then that we work so hard to prove we are either above other animals or even that we are not animals at all? I guess one reason is so we can justify the horrors we inflict upon them and still slumber easily at night.

Most folks know that it’s certainly not desirable to be “treated like an animal”. But why does this have to be this way? Why can’t being “treated like an animal” be a good thing? Why can’t we have respect for our fellow earthlings especially since we do not need to eat them or their secretions in order to survive?

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Your purpose, not theirs

Why is it that there are so many people out there bent on everyone, and I do mean everyone, having a purpose in life? I for one feel it’s great to think about what I’d like to do with my life and I’m sure there are many others who feel the same way. But, the key words here are what I’d like to do with my life and most certainly not what others feel I should do with my life.

I understand there are folks out there that feel their god(s)—or some other supernatural force—gave them and everyone else a purpose. To me, this screams of possible injustice. That is, if someone believes they have a purpose they must carry out that’s their choice to follow through with it or not. But, to use this same way of thinking to force others into their model of how things should be is simply unjust.

For example, a while back I was having a discussion about whether or not other animals have the same right we animals have in regards to not being commodified into things (i.e., legally thought of as property). Ultimately the person I was chatting with asked, “Well, if they’re not here for our food, clothing, etcetera, than what are they here for?”

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Dangerous lies

I believe it is the legal right of every animal, not just the human variety, to be free from the chains of forced bondage. Although some folks haven’t quite figured out that all humans deserve this right it does appear the vast majority of us finally feel this way. Unfortunately, except for a relatively small amount of people, thoughts about other animals not being considered property are still in their infancy.

Arguments abound that we humans are in some way superior to other animals, or that a supernatural force deems it okay, or that humans have always done what they’ve done to other animals and will continue to do so, et cetera, etc. But weren’t similar arguments used to justify the enslavement of various human animals and haven’t the majority of us seen the truth behind these dangerous lies?

Why then do we not see the truth behind the equally dangerous lies that continue to enslave other animals? Of course there are those who argue that we can’t be certain other animals care about being forcefully used by us for our own pleasure. But, once again, wasn’t this argument used to enslave human animals?

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