|Barked: Tue Dec 20, '05 5:21pm PST |
|I dunno guys.. this might seem just a bit off topic, but do you think that our culture makes us a bit too nosy sometimes?
I mean, I've been around. I've hung out with people from other countries and in other countries (in their natural habitat), and I've also spent quality times with all sorts of people. For example, I've dined with people who don't eat beef, people who don't eat pork, people who don't eat meat at all, or people who don't eat shell fish, people who only eat kosher, or people who don't drink alchol for personal/religious/cultural reasons, and none of them lectured me on how my lifestyle is wrong even when sometimes I'd be enjoing food items that are explicitely forbidden to them right across the table.
I mean, sometimes I wonder.. what gives us the right to openly criticize other cultures that we know very little of? Who do we think we are? Do we really lack the tiniest bit of humility to allow others to carry on with their own lives? How dare we call label another country's practice "cruel" according to our own narrow minded standards?
Really, sometimes I think the word "cruelty" is simply overrated. Cruelty, for me, belongs to rare cases when you see someone torturing someone or some animal, and for some sick reason, that person actually ENJOYS doing it. If this person can't get enough of watching another live being suffer and cry in pain, then I'd call that act cruel for sure.
For me, the word cruelty is defined by the intentions behind the action, and not the action itself. The world woud not make sense to me otherwise. If the contrary was true, for example, anyone who have ever fought in a war would be considered the nastiest people for aiming a weapon at someone else with an intent to harm or kill. I'd be disowning many male members of my relatives, for sure.
(by the way, I am an average meat eating, soda drinking, and junk food idulging American and I don't consider myself "cruel" towards chickens, cows, or pigs, fish, shell fish, or any other meat items that I may have consumed)
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