DI #8: Dominion Over Animals The author argues that animal consumption is justified because the Bible has granted man dominion over animals. Claims that eating meat is immoral are refutable by scripture. The Bible is a widely embraced religious text which serves as a moral authority in people’s lives. The bible states that Man has dominion over animals, therefore he can assert his will over them. The writer assumes that by questioning man’s position in the natural hierarchy, the vegetarian is essentially questioning God’s will.
Animals. First and foremost, each of the following arguments defines animals as non-human, sentient entities. Animal rights positions, under this definition, are either not equal, sometimes equal, or always equal to humans. For this distinction, I will replay the concepts of Kant, Regan and Warren. To begin, Kant seemingly does not at first glance argue that animals do not have values, only that their value is not morally equal to that of humans.
Instead, we need to consider them equally. This is the principle advocated by Peter Singer, a famous Australian philosopher, following earlier arguments by Bentham who stated that we must extend moral status to every being capable of pain and suffering. This utilitarian principle involves including animals in the calculus for utility. By applying this principle, we would have to stop raising animals in factory farms for meat. However, Singer is not entirely against eating meat.
At the time the book was published Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas had been spread around the world, and he was completely against violence. Lyo-Lyok and the geese have the same views as Gandhi. They also believe that war is simply childish. Merlyn sent Wart on this lesson so that he could learn characteristics that a leader should have. Instead of leading a violent society, he should lead a more peaceful society.
Physical violence could be committing an act of violence to someone else. Mental violence could be thinking about violence (Literal Meaning of Ahimsa, 2011). A Jain follower explains the reason why their diet is very strict: “We as Jains believe in reincarnation and we believe that all living things contain a soul. We therefore aim to cause as little harm as possible to these living things so [we] restrict what we eat accordingly ” (atmadharma.com). This remark from a Jain follower, explains why they eat a strict diet.
King believed that Passive Resistance is for men to react to unjust law in a nonviolent way. “ One has not a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” King thought that you should obey the laws but when laws are unjust you should disobey them in a passive resistance way. Both Gandhi and King had similar ways of displaying peace in a passive resistance
Throughout scripture fasting refers to abstaining from food for spiritual purpose. It stands in distinction to the hunger strike, the purpose of which is to gain political power or attract attention to a good cause. It is also distinct form health dieting which stresses abstinence from food for physical, not spiritual, purpose. It is sobering to realize that the very first statement Jesus made about fasting dealt with the question of motive. To use good things to our own ends is always the sign of false religion.
It also impacted the brutality of the event, by signifying that the reality of the Holocaust is too harsh. Furthermore, the cat, mouse and dog metaphors created greater depth into how the Jews lived, and were reduced to animal-like instincts in order to survive. The Nazis controlled one of the most outrageous and cruel events in history known to this day. Led by Adolf Hitler, this detrimental ritual known as the final solution included punishing, and ultimately killing anyone who differentiated from the rest of Germany, these included gypsies, gay people and Jews. This inhuman conduct shown by the Nazis clearly resembles animal behaviour, therefore it was immensely relatable to represent them as predatory cats.
The theme of morality Seth subscribes to the concept of conventional India morality. The moral code presented in the novel is the moral code that America lives by ‘casual sex is a way of life’, as are homosexual relationship, pick-up bars and so on. Social morality, or what one owes to the world at large, has been brought to the forefront by the episode of the peaceful demonstration against lungless labs. Vikram Seth through this novel depicts the new hopes of the then government. In the words of John .F.
Nicholas M. Williams, in his essay, ‘Eating Blake, or an Essay on Taste: The Case of Thomas Harris’s “Red Dragon”’, mentions how Dolarhyde’s consumption of Blake’s art is not to be seen as “becoming similar to Blake” or even an attempt to do so. Instead, it must be read as a transgressive act, a “despoiling” of the high-art text for the purposes of creating a new art. This consumption of art can be equated with Hannibal Lecter’s cannibalism where he consumes the rude or the offender in his own sophisticated manner and feeds on them with aromatic herbs. The cannibalistic trait can be traced in Stevenson’s text where Dr.Jekyll allows his civilized self to be consumed by the “spirit of hell” in him, so much so that, “That child of Hell had nothing human; nothing lived in him but fear and hatred”(71). Williams, in his essay, further goes on to explore how the background of Dolarhyde’s murders is not irrelevant in this regard because in the crosscutting between the FBI investigation and everyday circumstances of him, we come across a picture of an unexceptional individual, whose only abnormality is his oral irregularities that merely mark him as physically flawed.
Both of them believed in how organized religion and political parties corrupt the purity of individuals. Transcendentalist believed in celebrating the body, sex and appetite. I think that Gandhi also celebrated in appetite as he did multiple fasts to show how he does his protesting. They both believed in the higher law that guided society. This belief was mostly brought up by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi was unjust because he was a nonviolent world leader and he helped promote peace between different religious groups within India; however, others may believe that he was to blame for the separation of India. Gandhi worked as a global non-violence leader for many years of his life. He used methods of non-violence to attempt to gain independence for India. India had always been a colony of Great Britain, but as its economy and population continued to boom, the movement for independence did as well. Gandhi became a leader for this movement.