Well I am off to Hawaii tomorrow on my special pole dancing vacation.
I can’t imagine what it will be like. But I know it will be…..
This is a combination of three of my great loves…pole dancing and the beach and vacation.Another one of my loves is the wonderful world of the animal kingdom.
On Mother’s Day, a lot of the posts from around facebook from the animal groups I follow got me thinking about animal mothers.
Animals have families. So simple and yet most people choose to ignore this fact.
Everything has been seeming so much clearer to me lately.
The dairy industry keeps mothers as slaves impregnating them until they are no longer fertile and then killing them. They take the male calves away within a day of birth and send them to horrifying veal farms.
It is like something out of a science fiction novel.
Every animal, human or cow, deserves rights—
I hold these truths to be self evident….
all animals are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights and among these are
the freedom to
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
All men are created equal.
Male, female, human or cow, black, white, or spotted.
What does this mean?
I wish I had paid attention in class…..
I’ll give it my best shot….
Well, it does not mean humans and cows are equal in every way (obviously) …
but their moral worth, their right to live their own life, freely, is equal to every one on this planet.
No one is more “worthy” of living than anyone else. How do I know this?
Well I read a great reason in a book once. (David Burns’ Feeling Good where he was arguing that should you feel “worthless” you are so wrong because it is impossible to be worthless.)
Because the concept of “worthiness” is a meaningless to begin with. It doesn’t exist. It is just an abstract concept that is so generalized it has no concrete practical meaning.
How could it possibly be measured and whose standards would we use to measure it by?
It is impossible to come up with a meaningful measure of worth. It’s not a real thing.
There is no way of measuring the intrinsic worth of a life.
Therefore, if you must concern yourself with matters of worthiness, why not assign 1 unit of “worth” to everyone on the planet.
Everyone is worthy of their own lives.
Despite their infinitely numerous variations, “All Men Are Created Equal”
That includes the “men” in other species….and of course I take men by it’s archaic meaning of people in general, male and female and other.
It is wrong for us to enslave others. Even cows.
Clearly wrong for us to enslave and murder others–even more wrong.
Well, let me end my philosophic musings, by saying have a wonderful day.
I will let you all know how it goes in HAWAIIII.
PLease let me know if you have any thoughts on the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as it relates to animals or humans.
And whether you agree of disagree that a cow, for example, has the same moral worth, the same rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as a human does.
Also have any of you read Feeling Good by David Burns, my favorite book?