Wednesday, January 24, 2007
# Posted 7:56 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
Surprisignly, no less a personage than Ben Franklin once abstained from the consumption of flesh. While a vegetarian, Franklin also made his first voyage on an ocean-going ship. He later recalled that:
Our People set about catching Cod, & haul’d up a great many. Hitherto I had stuck to my Resolution of not eating animal Food; and on this Occasion, I consider’d . . . the taking every Fish as a kind of unprovok’d Murder, since none of them had or ever could do us any Injury that might justify the Slaughter. All this seem’d very reasonable.And so it goes. (2) opinions -- Add your opinion
When did fur become ok again? Is this something you picked up from that last NYT article? Because if those people were talking about 'fur', they might have meant something else.
So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable Creature, since it enables one to find or make a Reason for everything one has a mind to doPost a Comment
How perfectly Franklin sums up (but here indulges in) J.J. Rousseau's central critique of modernity: that the Modern supremacy of cold-hearted reason has caused us to rationalize away our morals (and consequently, our humanity).