Sentience as a consideration in the killing of animals and humans
What responsibility do we have to sentient beings and what compels us to honor this category of beings more than others?
Is killing a fish for food more wrong than killing mice infesting our pantry? Why?
Is it okay to end the life of someone in a coma since there’s no evidence of awareness? Does a first-term abortion follow different criteria?
SENTIENT BEING - “a creature who can suffer and feel pain, mostly animals and humans”
Thomas Merton quote
There is another kind of justice than the justice of number which can neither forgive nor be forgiven
There is another kind of mercy than the mercy of Law which knows no absolution
There is a justice of newborn worlds which cannot be counted
There is a mercy of individual things that spring into being without reason
They are just w/out reason and their mercy is without explanation
They have received rewards beyond description because they themselves refuse to be described
"...ceremony declares a choice to live in such a universe and to participate in its reality-formation."
In other words, "co-creation".
"Ceremony is not an escape from the messy world of matter into a hocus-pocus realm of spirituality. It is a fuller embrace of the material."
Poll results & comment, abortion, disability
This is consistent w/ my previous polling results. As I understand it, the majority objects to discriminating against the human being in the womb based on identity, even though they deny him/her personhood at all.
*In other words, they object to discrimination against someone they themselves regard as a non-person.*
Am I making an unfair characterization here? I feel I am missing something in the logic but despite my probing it remains opaque to me.
Laws to eliminate gendercide
India and China currently have laws against prenatal sex determination because of the problem of gendercide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_sex_discernment
Poll results- sex-selective abortion
Thanks to those who participated in this poll.
I am confused by some people’s view that the girl or boy in the womb does not have a right to live, yet apparently has a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex. What am I missing here? And does the same logic apply when it comes to disability?
“—nevertheless enters and nourishes one’s notion of, and relationship with, God. Without this radical openness, all arguments about God are not simply pointless but pernicious, for each person is in thrall to some lesser conception of ultimate truth and asserts not love but a lesson, not God but himself.” 3/3
“The spiritual efficacy of all encounters is determined by the amount of personal ego that is in play. If two people meet and disagree fiercely about theological matters but agree, silently or otherwise, that God’s love creates and sustains human love, and that whatever else may be said of God is subsidiary to this truth, then even out of what seems great friction there may emerge a peace that—though it may not end the dispute, though neither party may be “convinced” of the other’s position— 2/
From Christian Wiman:
“The frustration we feel when trying to explain or justify God, whether to ourselves or to others, is a symptom of knowledge untethered from innocence, of words in which no silence lives, of belief occurring wholly on a human plane. Innocence returns us to the first call of God, to any moment in our lives when we were rendered mute with awe, fear, wonder. Absent this, there is no sense in arguing for God in order to convince others, for we ourselves are not convinced.” 1/
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