16 June 2009

Without Ceremony

Prologue

I am perhaps a man of very less original ideas, perhaps no original ideas at all. But as I have written earlier, ideas are somethings which very much attract me. Despite the fact that I am a bit stubborn and resist changes (like others), I am open to new ideas and in fact would embrace them the very moment I am convinced.

It is easy to influence me if you start with some fact/logic based argument and do it irrefutably.

Of course it would take a while before my disposition would be changed. (Let’s call it muscular memory or habit or addiction or anything – which needs constant and consistent care to get accustomed to the new idea)

The Matter

It seems to me that, during my battle against theism, I had bought too much stock on ‘evolution’, that I had started confusing ‘codes of evolution’ and ‘codes of morality’.

No one needs an explanation about why sexism and racism are bad. Aren’t the gender inequality and racist thoughts the products of evolution? Does that make them moral? I don’t think so.

I know/knew that everything which is a product of evolution is not necessarily good. But I found it hard to find the trade-off between moral values and the system on which it applies – both being the products of the same process.

Finally, I have figured out that the same values which say sexism and racism are bad, are telling that speciesism is bad too. Shouldn’t all species be considered equal if we say all humans be considered equal, despite their inequalities? I guess yes.

(Hard to explain in simple words here, but you do get the gist. Don’t you?)

My first thought about ‘speciesism’ was while reading the selfish gene. I hadn’t taken it so seriously. And I had be fluctuating between the moral values based on logic and actions based on utilitarianism for quite some time. Finally I got some ‘food for thought’ which nailed down the confusion.

As a result, I have come to accept that “all animals are to be considered equal”. To be considered equal doesn’t want dogs be given voting rights, or cows be given education. It is mainly about avoiding unnecessarily induced pain. A long discussion is not in the scope of this entry.

From “all Indians are my brothers and sisters”, I was educated to the single world concept – by my dad and my Malayalam teacher of 7th grade. Now after a long time, I just decided to widen my view of world. Simple!

So, what is my point?

My point is that I have become a vegetarian. (Technically, a Lacto-ovo-vegetarian : who eats no flesh, but consumes dairy and egg products).

It is regrettable that it took me so long to even start thinking in this direction. But again it is good that it is never too late.

Thanks to the ones helped me. Thanks to all the food for thought. Thanks to the milestones which showed the way for my train of thoughts.

Signing off, Sands.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey! I thot you got a foreign gal frnd...

Happy to hear that after 25+2 you turned into eggeterian

-Someone New :D

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

LOL!

Widening the view of world is not about indians/foreigners.

The single world concept is in me since loooooooong time ago.

:)

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

and... who is this "Someone New"?

Am curious.

Anonymous said...

Very good decision!

Pramode
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Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@Sir

:)

flowers said...

Hobbies plays a key role for the people who really came to the earth for this purpose, one or the other day people around the world would be discussing about the people who have collected Many World Coins,monuments, old stamps, old notes who will be positioned in the world of Guinness records.

Hiran said...

ehem ehem...!!!

Enthokke bahalamaayirunnu...!!

malappuram kathee, etc...

Avasanam Pavanaazhi shavamaayi....

Anonymous said...

Wonder what happens when you start respecting plants too.. :)

Anyways, the decision is very good.

Vivek.

Sands | കരിങ്കല്ല് said...

@Vivek.

I knew this would be pointed by someone.

My reply is an excerpt from the blog: A long discussion is not in the scope of this entry

It's not to mean that I don't have an answer. But too long to put here :)

Njan.