posted on Mar, 16 2013 @ 08:41 PM
If one understands that individuality is a sort of subjective illusion created by a central nervous system (the universe is one vast entity in
constant motion/change, it is only from self-awareness that portions of that one entity can even begin to contemplate the notion of separateness) then
discussions like this become slightly easier to engage.
So without an organic matrix specifically designed to generate self-awareness - like all non-animal life on Earth - the notion of individuality need
not enter the equation. Even insects can exhibit extraordinary intelligence - just look at excavated ant tunnels. As individuals they are quite
mindless, but with a full colony, a sort of hive-intelligence takes over. But all notions of "plant intelligence" is a sort of misnomer for mechanisms
totally understood by organic chemistry. Neuron-based intelligence is an entirely different beast.
Of course it's a hypocritical situation we have, currently - there's no question of that. Cows, pigs, chickens, etc. are routinely tortured to death
in factory farms, yet meanwhile there are people sitting in prison, after being found guilty in a US Criminal Court for "cruelty to animals". Or
people protesting the Japanese whaling industry for their exploitation of sea creatures, meanwhile the protesters routinely consume land creatures who
were similarly exploited, if not under far worse conditions. It's sickening.
We're surrounded by it - almost everyone participates in some form of animal exploitation, directly or indirectly, whether they know it or not. Maybe
just by the consumer products they routinely use - perhaps they were tested extensively on lab animals who, like factory farm 'livestock', are cruelly
exploited to death, just so aging people can reduce the wrinkles around their eyes.
In this modern day and age, there shouldn't be any reason to exploit animals, even for food. We just don't need it. And they don't need to suffer. We
are smart enough to not be so destructive to the life around us. We need to grow up as a species.
edit on 16-3-2013 by Son of Will because: (no