Originally posted by purplemer
I think we humans will never attain a level of peace until we stop warring on the species that we share the same home with.
So yesterday I completely freaked out on my cat because I caught her in the backyard with a cardinal in her mouth. I was so mad at her for doing that
when she gets to enjoy all the free food and other perks of domestication - it just seemed plain selfish to then go out and hunt other completely
But of course I had to calm down after about 3 seconds and recognize how absurd it was getting mad at something for doing exactly what it is
programmed by nature to do.
Really it's like I was being mad at her for not having human capabilities to act outside of instinct alone, and instead take the time to process
moral concepts of right versus wrong.
To me that's what ultimately defines us as consciously aware. It's not something that can be easily quantified, and there's no strict definition.
But all things in nature (including ourselves) are inherently programmed by nature to be the way they are. Nature is
constantly warring with
itself, consuming itself - that's perfectly "natural", it's the very nature of nature.
But in that violent process there has always been a golden rule of balance. There is a symbiotic relationship that is self-correcting and keeps itself
in check. If one predator begins to dominate and eat up all of its prey, it too will die out.
When humans began to develop a cognitive awareness that gave them the ability to act beyond instinct alone - they effectively began to step outside of
nature itself. This also granted us a great deal of dominion over it. Interestingly though, this is also simultaneously the time when we began to
develop concepts of morals and right versus wrong.
So it's almost like something - Mother Nature, evolution, God, whatever floats your boat - had this all planned out: They were saying "you will now
inherit great power, but with great power comes great responsibility".
That's why above all else I think our number one moral obligation is to understand and respect that golden concept of balance in nature, and resolve
to always work within it. I don't really think it's the right approach to simply say "well, don't eat bacon because pigs have feelings too".
Because ironically in doing that - we're still just imposing our own human constructs onto these things.
If my cat was "consciously aware" like we are - she would see a cardinal and say "wow that's a beautiful bird, I should leave it alone though
because I'm already well fed and it probably has a family and kids of its own to support." But no, she just sees a big bright shiny red target that
nature specifically programmed her to see as such.
So don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to derail the spirit of this approach - it definitely has its heart in the right place. But I think instead
of unfairly trying to bring other animals up to our level, like I did yesterday with my cat, we should simply focus on really understanding the
gravity of our special but precarious place within this balance.
That's enough to not only set good moral standards, but also practical ones that are key to our own survival as well.
It's kind of trippy when you think about it though - the biggest problem we have stems from all those people who go through life feeling entitled and
completely self-absorbed - and thus unconsciously unaware
of all this.