posted on Feb, 6 2013 @ 05:25 AM
I think the most interesting question thus far is "if there were an alien species, more intelligent and powerful than us, would you consider it
morally right for them to eat people"... Sounds like something straight out of 'The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten" (Baggini).
I would say no, it's not morally right. But not because I think eating meat is morally wrong. Just that from the privileged position as 'top of the
food chain",' we get to decide what is morally right or wrong. If something else came along and usurped us from that position, the privilege would
pass to them.
Personally, I don't think its an ethical or moral matter but one of inevitability or 'nature' (I use that term loosely).
Taking the scenario of the hypothetical aliens; if they did exist and they came to take us away for food we could fight to protect ourselves, using
all the methods at our disposal. In the same way, if you tried to attack and kill a wild boar it would give you a run for your money as best it could
(assuming that you don't just shoot it from afar with a high powered rifle).
If we could defend ourselves we wouldn't become their food source and would continue to enjoy the privilege of moralising and setting the standard.
If we could not then we would have no choice in the matter, whether it was morally right or not. Just like the deer that cannot outrun the lion has no
real choice other than to accept that they are a food source. They group together because they accept that their best chance of survival is to stay in
a group and reduce the odds of being the one that can't get away. This is a tacit acceptance of the status quo.
When the disparity of power becomes so great, morality becomes a moot point. It becomes a matter of the greater force exerting it's will over the
weaker. This is what we see in nature and the abstract concept that we have tried to neatly label 'the food chain'.
If there was a civilisation so far advanced from ours that the difference in intellect and power was the difference between a human being and a pig,
the discussion of morals and ethics would cease to be relevant to us (the food supply) and would really be a matter for the aliens to decide upon. It
may not seem fair but that would be the natural order of things.
Would I support the alien's right to eat my kids? No, of course not... Would it matter what my opinion was? Not one bit.
They wouldn't consider our thoughts, feelings or perspective any more than you would consider what went through a chicken's brain before they put
a charge through it and cut it's throat...
A sufficiently advanced society would view our primitive communications and thought processes in the same way we view the grunts and snorts of the
animals in the farmyard.
I could go on about this but I'll leave it at that and see if anyone has any thoughts on this... I hope I made some sense
Also, this thread brought to mind a quote from the highly offensive Scottish comedian, Frankie Boyle in "unlikely things to hear at a dinner
"yes, there is a vegetarian option, you can f*** off.."