On the Morality of Eating Sentient Beings vs. Veganism.
I posted this funny bit, and the following discussion (that every philosophically, morally-oriented college kid ever has had) ensued:
David: The soil itself is teeming with animal life. Eating any food harvested by turning the soil kills billions of sentient beings. Eating one larger animal causes less suffering that eating a carrot or a potato or anything where one has to dig into the ground.
Waylon Lewis You think harvesting chickens doesn’t impact the earth? You think bugs the size of dust mites have the same intelligence or feeling as a sentient being? That goes against science, or Buddhist thought for that matter.
Still, you make an interesting point..!
Of course harvesting chickens impacts the earth! And I am very much pro growing our own food, esp; through gardening.
But we must realize that all eating, all life involves death to those we consume and destroy their habitat. Also all an…imal life is considered sentient in Buddhist thought. All have equal right to life and freedom from suffering. Furthermore I didn’t equate one chicken to one dust mite. I equated one chicken to billions of tiny creatures. And I also realize that each chicken also eats and destroys millions of smaller beings.
My point is that we need to expand our awareness of the life and death consequences of our actions and not just accept easy answers.
Waylon Lewis Actually, in Buddhism, they’d side with you…Buddhists urge eating one cow vs. 100 shrimp, for example.
On other hand, Buddhists say that human life is more precious because there’s more ability to wake up, more inherent intelligence…and extending that logic to animals, we might say that it’s preferable to eat plants and bugs and simpler forms of life rather than those, like pigs or cows, that clearly evidence feeling and intelligence.
hot on elephant
A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 1,360 share Learn to Rock your Social Media & Write Mindfully with Waylon Lewis & Elephant’s Editors. 5 shares 2017’s First Full Moon in Cancer: Everything we Want is on the Other Side of Fear. 22,482 shares Why I Snort Raw Cacao. 8,954 shares The Best Marriage Advice from a Divorced Woman. 1,940 share If you Love her, Don’t Destroy Her. 6,213 shares The True Meaning of Friday the 13th (isn’t what we think). 5,208 shares The Power of Saying “He’s just Not into Me.” 1,754 share How to Disentangle ourselves from Karmic Relationships that Drive us Crazy. 134 shares You’ve Ruined Me for Anyone Else. 1,692 share