Ok, been told that some people actually might want to hear my random thoughts and participate in discussion of said thoughts rather then me just discussing such random nuggets only in pm.
That being said here is my first one. Now I would rather EVERYONE be comfortable posting and putting thier two cents in, and though this thread is for random silliness please try to withhold grabbing, fondling or anything else :)
anyways ok random thought number 1.
Animal rights activists. I am talking the extreme ones who run around throwing paint on fur coats, who refuse to eat anything that even comes from a living animal, and such. Hey, they have rights to their opinion.
But my question is. What makes an animal ..an animal. Ok, lets not shave poor little minxy over there cause its cruel..thats great..Ooo look at that cute little cow, dont drink their milk..whatever..but are insects animals too? Are they worth protecting?
If so..if one of them catches head lice what do they do? Washing them with the shampoo for it kills them..even combing out the nits can technically be considered killing them.
Btw, I put this in on topic becuas enever know what will run through my head >.>
For those of you reading this and saying wtf cares? sorry
Yay! A topic I can post in before I'm verified or whatever!
You bring up a really great question, honestly, when asking what defines an "animal" for protection purposes to these groups, because it's essentially like asking what a "person" is. If they mean all life that has senses, for example, that's an extremely broad definition, and, by that logic, I wonder what the smallest thing to be protected would be. What counts as senses?
Personally, I define animals in that very broad sense, anything that has senses and nourishes itself (This, I think, excludes plants).
I'm also someone who answers the personhood question by saying that a person is one who nourishes itself, has senses, feels pain and pleasure, and has perceptible rational thought. Rational thought, in this case, means something beyond mere motor reactions or copying behavior. In other words, something another can identify as actually thinking and seeming alive. (That is to say that computers as we know them are excluded, because it would be irrational for us to believe they felt pain until they became more advanced.)
This definition excludes some young "human DNA" beings, and includes some higher animals aside of humans.
Of course, this is all basic ethical philosophy.