by alphamonkey on October 26, 2004 · 23 comments
If I tried to pull this with my cat, she’d never stop killing me.
But she’s so pretty in her little wig/helmet.
Call me evil, but ever so slight harrassment of cats is fun!
Oh that’s not evil at all. Dogs are loyal, they sit, shake, fetch beers from the fridge.. they serve a purpose. Cats are absolutely useless – if you can harrass them for your own amusement, then you are giving them a raison d’etre. You are giving their life meaning. Let the harrassment commence.
how insanely coincidental. my roommate’s computer was sabotaged by his girlfriend a few weeks back and that picture has been plaguing his desktop since then…
except the caption reads “always wear protection”
(i deny all accusations that i was present for this event, and also that i came up with the fiendishly clever caption.)
I’m touched that so many people want to protect kitty cats. I find it ironic that they want to beat the shit out of people who hurt them, though. I can’t wait to one day have a kitty cat of my own to annoy. The Lime Cat is beautiful, and very fluffy, and probably very soft.
the only problem i have with the whole, “don’t touch one hair on kitty’s head, you mean mean man!” worldview, is that many of these people don’t spend every spare moment fighting injustices against humans.
Okay. Good deal.. let’s keep the widdle kitten nice and safe. Now, what are you going to do about the suffering homeless, the starving, the impoverished?
As much value as you may wish to attribute to the life of an animal… if you value human life any less, you are quite simply an idiot.
Exactly. Which is why I noted the irony.
Well, I can imagine the argument. Animals are “innocent”, while humans are capable of freely choosing to do “evil”. So, that would put humans in a category less deserving of compassion.
I agree with both of you completely – people who go on these obnoxious “i will kill those who so much as breathe wrong on a kitty” when they don’t give two shits about human social issues are in need of a little time with a therapist. However (and perhaps fellow Buddhist, olives, can agree), certain humans reeeeaally strain my Buddhist directive to be “compassionate toward all living things”. There are a couple choice humans (which I won’t name since it is possibly in violation of national security.. been down that road before!) that, were they hanging on the edge of a cliff and there was no one around but me, I would be lacing up my metal cleats. There is not one non-human animal to my recollection that has evoked that kind of response in me. Shit, I’m such a bad Buddhist.
Anyway, I can see some points to both sides.
I’d never argue that animals are innocent as the concept is useless in nature, but normally the kind of animals that are tortured are not capable of standing up to their tormentors nor do they provoke the act in the first place. If you can witness something like that and not feel compelled to interdict there’s something wrong with you. (Interesting side note: kids and teens who habitually torture animals tend to almost always work their way up to people.)
Not that I don’t think PETA is filled with nutjobs and dipshits. ‘Cause it is. But on the average, I don’t have a problem with people having a passionate response to animal cruelty.
The use of ‘why don’t you spend your time fighting injustice among humans then’ retort is a bit disingenious. You can beat the shit out of a guy whipping a dog, it’s a little more abstract to beat the shit out of the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s all about scale, baby.
Though to be fair to El Guante Negro, I know for a fact he hosted at least one MoveOn.org party to raise money for his candidate. I’d be suprised if that was the extent of his activism this election. What’d you guys do?
Can’t say i’ve done a damn thing for Kerry (besides bashing Bush here and getting my grandma to change her vote to Kerry in swing-state MN). My activism is on the environmental front. However, mad przzops to Guante for the Kerry rally – that’s probably a bit more urgent than preserving the chinook salmon at present.
Oh, come on now, Reverend. You know better than that. There’s no such thing as a “bad” Buddhist. We’re all human and the urge to hurt people who hurt you back is very natural. Let’s leave the guilt to the Catholics, shall we?
Does anyone else find it extremely amusing that this totally silly picture elicited a whole thread on animal ethics? Maybe we take ourselves a wee bit too seriously.
There is indeed such a thing as a bad Buddhist.
A bad *person*, maybe…
My point is this, though : who decides what is bad and what is good? Must something we lable as “bad” necessarily have all bad consequences, and vice-versa? How many things in our lives that we think of as “bad” have yielded some beautiful results? For example, the most painful experience of my life has led to the most beautiful relationship of my life.
In other news, I just realized I’m the biggest hypocrite in the world. *runs off to meditate*
hehe yeah i love it. Who knew that a frickin cat with a fruit hat would be a kernel of such discourse.
“My point is this, though : who decides what is bad and what is good?”
that is all.
But take a moment and think about how much suffering comes from creating that dichotomy of “bad” and “good.” I don’t deny that we all do it. (I’ve been doing it ad nauseum all week, in fact.) I just think it’s helpful not to.
I mean I have the authority to define things as Bad or Good, and you do not.
Because I am, you see, special.
fatboy, there is a chasm of difference between “special” and “special needs”. I thought we’d covered this.
i really need to change my id to Just Plain Bob somehow.
and i don’t care WHAT you say, MOMMY SAYS I’M SPECIAL!
It should be changed now. Do you want it to be changed on all your existing comments too?
that would be nice, so people actually know who i am. i’ve built up a certain amount of respect here with my constantly witty and mature comments, and i would like my aura of educated…
oh nevermind, just yes, please change it.
I say we eat them. Eat all of them.
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