Defending killing and eating animals is morally wrong
I will have to agree. There are many things that I think need to be considered here. Yes, we are still surviving and we will eat that which will not eat us and we kill that, that can. Personally I care not to witness the lion feasting on a zebra. I find no joy in that at all but for some it does as they proclaim it refreshing to observe nature in the raw.
Exactly what is that nature of the animal to the human? Does "their" instinctive nature have anything to do with ours? Good question? I think it does. I also think as far as wisdom is concerned as it relates to the Earth, the Earth before us was animal in it's nature and at that time it was just that and that God too, as we observe that nature today not only in the animal but the human being as well and there are consequences to that until we separate the two. They were never one but they do affect one another in ways we do not know. It could be concluded if it were not for the animal, we would be more human. Do we understand all that that proposes? No.............not yet and as of yet we need the animal to survive.
Natural selection has prepared a way for US, you know the human element in it all, and the animal is a part of that. They are here for us to survive and nothing more. Yes, we can domesticate some and they do provide comfort when the human element is missing or not being all that the human is capable of that we have yet to know.
When we speak of morality we are far more moral to the animal than we are to the human and there is a lot of evidence to support that. We use animals in many ways to nourish us, comfort us and we do learn from them when I applies to the unity of it all and the simplicity of what harmony means.
The animal has no notion of what surviving is. They just do. They just do without argument that can be applied to any moral sense, like we do and should. We are a little more complicated than the animal as it relates to that which can be said is our "human instinct", but we do have an instinct that connects us as it does the animal and not understanding that in some ways makes us worse than the animal for we become predators and we are not meant to be because we simply know better, The animal doesn't.
The evil in the world comes from our animal instinct. Is this innate? No, it is not at least to a degree that we can defined anyway. But it is there as we become more human we break away from that wisdom that was of the earth before our arrival and when we do those animals that were before will indeed become extinct. That wisdom that drives the animal and influences the human will no longer exist and the human will be one with that God as it was animal in "their" time when we were not.
What we the human is meant to accomplish here if far beyond that of what animal can do which is evident in all that the human has done with what the Earth has provided us with. Are we of the Earth? No, all life arrived at a specific time "that lead from one thing to the other" in a forward progression up until this instant in what we call time; a needless commodity that we will one day come to learn does not exist.
It is not yet known it all it's entirety what it is that we can call a 'perfect nutrition' and that is what odor is all about and why we do smell and create the waste that we do. It can be assumed when we do arrive at that which is perfect for us to consume the anterior orifice that we have now will not no longer be necessary. The body will use all it consumes which will be very little. As it stands now we have to put up with the smell. We are still going through what your might say is trial and error, ha!
The animal only exists because there is a place for them now and a need. When I observe the places where so many humans gather and consider all the area they don't, it truly bothers me as I effort to understand why that is and know now why. Those are survival centers and are a crying shame when so much room is wasted in which to provide plenty of room for all; not so bunched together like sardines in can. Of course that can be discussed in another thread and perhaps it has as it relates to over population of the planet which I feel for one, it isn't and not even close.................yet!
When it comes to applying what we effort to define as to what morality means and we are slowly losing any concept of whatever we want it to mean, (what hell is all about) to animal is ludicrous when we are having a problem with it ourselves. Yes, I will agree no living creature should be abused and pain inflicted upon in any context but the killing for survival some animals that have no other Earthly purpose but to provide us nourishment does not fall under that requisite. To assume that it does would be to place the human on a par with animal and that, as we have seen, can be disastrous as we maintain the erroneous standard that controls the animal world to that of human and "survival of the fittest and only the strong survive". We are so much better than that but as anything else we are not "that civilized".....................yet! Sad! I think we are but there are just too many "human predators" out there that have the ways and means to convince others of the notion in ways we effort to rationalize to survive down to that idiocy and many innocent suffer for it. It is that influence of animal that was here when we arrived that is responsible for that now.
So the notion of what man can perceive and believe can be achieved is accurate, but it is in that we learn and trial & error is how we learn to eliminate that which was our error from those erroneous perceptions. No malice, we had no choice but to perceive as we did. There was no book of rules for us to go by.
There are those animals that we do domesticate that one would wish to continue in our eternal trip but one also has to take into consideration that unknown link we have that dictates it will retard our continuum. I am not aware of all that entails but it plays a major part of that retardation. When we regard animal in a higher/better/par capacity than that human we diminish what that human is able of accomplishing. We start going backward rather than forward and can be somewhat seen in Nietzsche's confusion in his understanding of our eternal continuum depicted in the role Bill Murray played in Groundhog's Day. That would drive anyone mad and that my dear students of philosophy is what philosophy is all about. To fully understand our eternal nature and eliminating that which will retard it's continuance. Simply call it friction if you will. Imagine what we can accomplish once we get beyond the heat of argument and all work together for this common dream. I promise you..................it is not a dream.
What we consume is indeed important and under the influence of our insane economic structure, in order to survive in that understanding we can make anything "appetizing". There is profit to be made in that and that is the sole reason as to why that is as it is with so many other things that cause waste. Plastic being one of them when glass or steel would suffice better, longer and environmentally more friendly. Planned obsolescence is a scam rationalized as necessary to maintain balance we call equilibrium. It is a farce, big time.
For many I know it will be hard to understand once we become more human to realize that the animal could become extinct. That is what is causing all the argument here and now. Will that be all animals? I do not know that but it could very well be just that.
Once we regard all humans the way we should regard all humans as humans there will be no need for the attachment to them we have now. As I have attempted to illustrate, that is a double edged sword. When we depict the devil's with cloffed hooves and a tail, that is for a reason. Perhaps what I have offered is a better understanding of that reason.