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Tue, Sep. 8th, 2009, 02:40 am
WTF of the day

a movie about a man living in the midst of tel-aviv, who has (at least) 32 wives and 89 children and the authorities are unable to do anything about it.


Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: :)

I think it's a moral obligation of every single person to do their bit to minimize suffering.
However, "doing their bit" has about a million definitions. I say that some people have to eat meat for health reasons and that in Siberia, for example, people have to wear fur and leather because otherwise they'll freeze. Some people would say, fuck the animals, who gives a crap. I've also encountered fanatic vegans who claimed that I personally should stop taking my medications because they contain animal ingredients and were tested on animals; when I said I would die without them, they claimed I should rather die than take those meds. [It was a guy who used to be buddies with my husband; when that guy told me about how if I'm a "true" vegetarian, I have to die and not take my meds, I asked him if he's willing to repeat that claim face-to-face with my husband. He shut up.]
Basically - lets minimize the damage we're doing, lets not be fanatical about it.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
talash: Re: :)

I think it's a moral obligation of every single person to do their bit to minimize suffering.


Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: :)

Why not?

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
mme_n_b: Re: :)

Because it's an obligation, it should have a better reason than "why not". Obligations require higher standards than non-obligatory actions, because they imply a restriction of liberty.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: :)

My view of moral obligations is that they are something you set for yourself. You define what is your moral obligation regarding a certain situation.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
mme_n_b: Re: :)

How do you differentiate between a moral obligation and a moral preference?

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: :)

Hmmm. I'd have to think about that =)

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
mme_n_b: Veganism and survival

It's possible to wear cotton wool and synthetic fabrics in Siberia, and in any case "not freezing" comes under the heading of "survival". Would you say, that it's wrong to live in Siberia if you cannot do so without wearing fur? Should they move? Work extra to afford synthetics? Have fewer children to minimize the need for clothing? I've given you survival. Let's discuss convenience.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: Veganism and survival

No, I don't think people should move away from Siberia, work more or have less kids. It's a perfectly good place to live in and I don't see a reason to vacate it when the world's overpopulated as is.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
mme_n_b: Re: Veganism and survival

So, what you're saying, is that a certain level of inconvenience, while short of the "survival" guideline, is still sufficient as an excuse to use animals as a source of labor/food/body parts. Right?

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
lotus82: Re: Veganism and survival

I'm having a hard time saying "yes", but - yes. One should take care of one's own first.

Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
mme_n_b: Re: Veganism and survival

Now it's just a matter of degree. If I am sexually attracted to cats I might find it extremely inconvenient not to fuck them.

Thu, Sep. 10th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
lotus82: Re: Veganism and survival

But again - that's just being mean to another creature to satisfy a craving that isn't all that vital.

Thu, Sep. 10th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
mme_n_b: Re: Veganism and survival

Living in Siberia is also a non-vital craving. Actually, given a choice between sex and living in Siberia I'll choose sex any time. We aren't on vitality any more, you've ceded convenience :))) And abstinence is terribly inconvenient.