Lullipus, ok I understand where you’re coming from now. Yeah, selective sympathy is the way of life, whether we’re talking about humans or animals.
[quote=“ShrimpCrackers”]Yeah but we’re omnivores, not herbivores, so do you have sympathy for the endless microorganisms and brine related shimp that you swallow with every cup of water?
Animals are not the only living things, but I’m in no position to argue…
Besides I eat veggies because I hate veggies. Damn plants.
But while we’re on the issue of skin-use, do you happen to own a belt?[/quote]
I thought that I had already pointed out that almost everyone, no matter how hard they try, is essentially a hypocrite in some way. Try rereading what I said. Sympathy is relative. Also, some people try harder than others, some just dont care.
OK, so your point is, why bother having sympathy for animals (which are merely one example of a category of life-form) when every action you take on earth results in the consumption of life, be it microbes, plants or brine shrimp in the water we drink. You seem to be taking the value of “sympathy” as absolute. If this is the case, that sympathy has an absolute value (ie, we should value the lives of everything equally, from brine shrimp to dog) therefore we should a) use meat and animal products completely free from guilt or b) not use any animal products whatsoever, not eat plants, or even drink water because otherwise we are hyprocrites for valuing some lives above others. If you take the line of (a) then you would surely have no problem with killing/factory farming humans, because you have stated that the value of sympathy for every form of life is an absolute (constant), so we should have as much (or as little) compassion for our fellow humans as we should have for a germ. Do you see the flaw in that argument?
I would argue that sympathy is not absolute, iand s not a constant. It’s the way life is. Every form of life exists by consuming other forms of life, whether plants or animals. Because animals, especially mammals, are like me, in that they have brains and a central nervous system, my sympathy for their lives is greater than my sympathy for that of a microorganism which is basically unicellular or has no brain/central nervous system. Basically, it boils down to the fact that I believe that most animals are sentient beings; ie, they are capable of feeling emotions such as pain, fear, distress or anger, or love, as pet owners would surely testify. Although it has been proven that plants can respond to stimuli, and some people would call this “pain”, it is in nowhere near as complex and intense a manner a mammal would react.
Therefore I try to reserve my sympathy for humans and animals, beings which can think and feel.
And yes, I do own a leather belt, which I’ve had for years, bought before I was really serious about this stuff. But anyway:
Did I not say that we’re all hypocrites? When it wears out, I’ll replace it with something synthetic.