Monday, August 23, 2010

A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy?

The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement
by Wesley J. Smith

Powells Bks review: “Like every antidemocratic ideology, this one [animal rights] is by definition antihuman, and like any antihuman ideology, it ultimately deteriorates into a nihilistic bitterness that is anti-life. . . . Wesley J. Smith knows too well that if the activists ever succeeded in their goals, if they established through culture or law that human beings have no intrinsic dignity greater than that of any animal, the world would not be a better place for either humankind or animals.”

Over the past thirty years, as Wesley J. Smith details in his latest book, the concept of animal rights has been seeping into the very bone marrow of Western culture. One reason for this development is that the term “animal rights” is so often used very loosely, to mean simply being nicer to animals. But although animal rights groups do sometimes focus their activism on promoting animal welfare, the larger movement they represent is actually advancing a radical belief system.

For some activists, the animal rights ideology amounts to a quasi religion, one whose central doctrine declares a moral equivalency between the value of animal lives and the value of human lives.

Animal rights ideologues embrace their beliefs with a fervor that is remarkably intense and sustained, to the point that many dedicate their entire lives to “speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Some believe their cause to be so righteous that it entitles them to cross the line from legitimate advocacy to vandalism and harassment, or even terrorism against medical researchers, the fur and food industries, and others they accuse of abusing animals.

Making war against all opponents of hegemony. It can't be fear of
"terrorism" the way we ignore domestic borders, can it, really?

All people who love animals and recognize their intrinsic worth can agree with Wesley J. Smith that human beings owe animals respect, kindness, and humane care. But Smith argues eloquently that our obligation to humanity matters more, and that granting “rights” to animals would inevitably diminish human dignity.

In making this case with reason and passion, A Rat Is a Pig Is a Dog Is a Boy strikes a major blow against a radically antihuman dogma...Get the book

--->Apropos of the above, see also A Little Lower Than the Angels The Image of God vs. the Myths

Revisited: The Artist, the Poet...Glimpsing the Absolute

How the world needs artists and poets! Not the junkers, the demolitionists who hoodwinked generations into mistaking bewildering reviews for value, but real artists.

It is the poet and artist who, as Malcolm Muggeridge, quoting William Blake, used to say, see "though and not [merely] with the eye". It is in looking and seeing that human beings glimpse what Catholics call grasping the intuition of being.

It is that kind of seeing which wakes us up to creation and breaks us free from the illusions of the mundane, not denying its 'reality' as being, but rather in penetrating its every facet of exquisiteness. In this way even a grain of sand, a snow flake, or fruit on the table become 'magical'. Because in so seeing we glimpse the Absolute in what is contingent, created.

The craftsman, musician and photographer are also artists who help us to see; it's not only painters and poets, of course.

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness"---Matthew 6:22, 23

There is an artistic as well as a moral and spiritual dimension in this seeing. Children often see this way ...More

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