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Saturday, May 3. 2008
The "dignity of plants" and the cruel barbarism of Vegans
When man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing, but worships everything.
Contrary to a widespread impression, G.K. Chesterton apparently never said that.
Still, it's a fine statement, and relevant to the modern form of Paganism which views the lives of the unborn, ready-to-be-born, or born-damaged as insignificant, but the social lives of Goldfish - and now the souls of asparagus - as sacred.
A quote from Smith at Weekly Standard:
"What is clear, however, is that Switzerland's enshrining of "plant dignity" is a symptom of a cultural disease that has infected Western civilization, causing us to lose the ability to think critically and distinguish serious from frivolous ethical concerns. It also reflects the triumph of a radical anthropomorphism that views elements of the natural world as morally equivalent to people.
Why is this happening? Our accelerating rejection of the Judeo-Christian world view, which upholds the unique dignity and moral worth of human beings, is driving us crazy. Once we knocked our species off its pedestal, it was only logical that we would come to see fauna and flora as entitled to rights."
Insty has a hilarious video to dramatize the subject.
Regular readers know that all of creation is precious to us here at Magggie's Farm. We love plants, trees, birds, butterflies, rocks, mountains, meadows, rivers, intensely. Love them, love to be amongst them, and learn all we can about them. But we still hold that there is a big difference between "precious" and "sacred."
These folks have taken the Pathetic Fallacy to a psychotic extreme. One is forced to wonder whether the only dining acceptable to Greenie Gaia-worshippers would now involve cannibalism, since they want us to worry about the souls of asparagus and lobsters, and view human life as an obnoxious intrusion on an otherwise beautiful Eden (except that most animals eat plants and/or other animals).
Still, I must confess that the shrill scream of asparagus when it hits that steam always whets my pre-post-Christian appetite.
Posted by Bird Dog in Fallacies and Logic, Our Essays, Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ), Religion at 22:12 | Comments (16) | Trackback (1)
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It's what finally drove me out of farming. CUTTING wheat, HARVESTING barley, KILLING weeds. I couldn't stand it any more I tell ya.
killing asparagus is BAD, but killing a baby is terminating the punishment (according to Obama).
Yeah, that comment came out of his mouth so smooth and easy, a real look into his soul. The best look I've had. Guy's a fraud, many times over.
And this isn't to single out Switzerland. Spain's been considering a law for a couple of years that gives apes the exact same rights as humans.
The "Bonzo For President" campaign was ahead of its time.
''Why not just replace the Cross with a giant version of Robert Ferrigno's "I'm Sorry" button?''
Can ‘Mineral Rights’ be far behind? I don’t know about moral equivalence, but this panel has clearly demonstrated that they are the intellectual inferiors to a box of rocks.
No end to it -- this guy
has reached up from the grave and grabbed my teenage daughter & niece. They're already skinny as birds but the zeitgeist in Austin is now convinced its bowels are unclean. So it's off for a 40 day lemonade fast. Jeezis K Riest. I said "protein" to 'em and they both screamed and made fingers crosses at me.
What say we let them be, and rely on their ability to remove themselves from the breeding population?
I overwhelmingly agree, at least for the nonce, until they have husbands.
Marriage would, thank God, only accelerate the process.
Ingestion of a single carrot leads to the sutaining of life for billions of intestinal flora. That's with a "b" ..... billions.
Anti-vegans, have you NO shame!! Microorganisms .... UNITE!
Please, humans, bomb a pharmaceutical plant, and promote chemicals which can wipe out our immune system. Whole body radiation does a dandy job as well. No, wait... for their sake we cannot bring abbout the demise of the the "brew" vessels known as homo sapiens sapiens 'bodies'
What a quandary.Would you willingly pass away, so billions will live? (I'm almost out of tin foil.)
Already, two e-mails have come in with questions, so I see that a few questions will understanably arise.
First off, we're on our way, standing up for the little guy, the multitudes instead of the tremendously fewer fat cats who can be seen with the naked eye(the TOP 0.000000001 %.) Trickle-down theory my arse! That's the awful truth of what we're up against. (Plus the enemy on the flanks, with that snotty diversionary talk about dangling participles.)
One e-mailer asked if whole body radiation became unavailable after the cessation of above ground nuclear testing(an understandable confusion since The Man tries to keep us all misinformed.) WBR is widely available. Do a search with "medical center" "bone marrow transplant" BMT WBR plus the names of a couple nearby major cities.
You're sure to need the services of an enlightened lawyer. These medical people engage in discrimination of the worst kind, the bastards. Please pardon my French, but it frosts me to no end. About the only people they offer this service to, are people with myelogenous tumors. That's niche marketing; how do they get away with that?! They'll erect barriers of authority figures, security staff, social workers and psychiatrists in your path.
I'm usually in line with you guys here at Maggies Farm but I really disagree about this quote. I love it, love it a lot. I don't understand how you can connect this with the radical environmentalism or whatever insanity. I take this as Enlightenment ideology 101. IE stop worshiping the religious rhetoric, stop taking it for granted the fundamentalist hold and truth, and worship nature itself, love life and learn.
"When man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing, but worships everything."
Still, it's a fine statement ...
No, actually it's a stupid statement which is probably why it's attributed to someone other than the author. I don't worship God and I don't worship everything either. In fact I worship nothing.
Actually, the quote isn't "when a man ceases to worship God ...", it's "when a man ceases to believe in God ...".
And since G.K. Chesterton apparently never said that exact quote in those words, which I never knew before, that means that you've managed a mis-quotation of a mis-quotation. Congratulations, that's hard to pull off. Big grin
But even if Chesterton never said those words, he certainly did express that idea several times. And I'm more and more convinced that he was right.
Old stuff! See 'Inhuman Rights,' by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company:
Happy Sunday! Just another fantastic day in America, might be a good day to visit the zoo. What do you think? This pinup is by Art Frahm, with a wee bit of help. So, what is happening in ye olde blogosphere? The silent scream of asparagus? Plants hav...
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