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All Life is Precious

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“Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts!”

Kurt Weill, “What Keeps Mankind Alive?”

The Girl (our two-year old blonde and super precocious daughter) and I usually take the bus to daycare. We often sit at the front of  the bus, where she makes lots of friends, unless the front is inhabited by the grumpy variety of old person. Today it wasn’t looking good, so we went directly to the back, where the Bad Kids sit.

Imagine our dismay (my dismay, really, she says “Hi” and “Bye” to everyone without bias) when the back also filled up with grumpy old people, including one who commented on her cuteness and immediately related it to his wrist ban (right next to the “Livestrong” band) that said “All Life is Precious,” with a little pair of baby foorprints, which he connected to the Girl’s feet with his finger.  I didn’t debate the point – we’re on the back of the bus having a (for me) casual conversation, I had a toddler on my lap, and he’s going to be dead soon – but I did have to suppress one burning question – “If all Life is Precious, why do you just have a pair of human baby feet on there? Where are the chick feet, calf and piglet  hoofs? Fish fins? And while we’re at it, what about humans who don’t fit into your preferred social/racial/economic/sexual stereotype? How can we represent them?”

I’m not sure why he drew the connection between the Girl and the wrist thing. I suspect that he was suggesting that, but for cruel abortion, there’d be a whole army of precious little blonde girls sitting on the bus.

 Pragmatic Practices

Human cultures function usually thanks to a bunch of  pragmatic and often harsh decisions that were made in the past and formalized into Tradition, Good Business Practice, Cultural Stereotypes and so on. In North America, most of us our lucky because our particular consumerized culture tries to protect us and lie to us about the ugly pragmatic stuff that has to happen every minute to keep us in the manner we’re accustomed. Animals are mistreated and brutally killed, employees are underpaid and disrespected, governments make far-reaching decisions to answer immediate and fleeting situations and please their supporters, the earth is further polluted and  messed up, and third world people are made to live in work in horrible conditions. Many of these pragmatic decisions-made-practice involve controlling and using human nature to the advantage of whatever power base is making the decisions. One of the biggest aspects of human nature is the urge to mate – arguably, it’s the reason we’re all here. Mating has always been useful to empires and popes since it brings more bodies into the army, factory, or tithe lineup, so we have all sorts of rules about it – The pope tells starving third worlders not to use birth control, the British Empire made it illegal to sell birth control at certain points in history, mating with someone of the same gender is bad because it places emphasis on the pleasure aspect which takes everyone off on a bad tangent if they think about it too much.

 Individual Sexuality

Due to all these rules around mating, and the lingering effect of these rules and the absolute thinking they required, we’re still screwed up over the it. But it needs to be looked with what seems to be a simmering possibility in human cultural evolution, that the needs of the individual can be emphasized and co-exist peacefully with a general set of rules that look to the needs of the group. Mating and sexuality should not be looked at as tools of the church or state, but a fundamental component of each individual’s being, and dealt with in a manner that best suits the individual, according to circumstances. Abortion is not the best, but this is a complicated world with weird stuff happening, everyone makes mistakes. It’s not good to make a whole series of additional mistakes just trying to satisfy some dogma regarding the first one.

I also think the Animal Rights community should really take advantage of the excellent traction the “All Life is Precious” motto has and print up some with the additional footprints.


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June 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

unfortunately, i cannot accept Jesus Christ as my personal lord and saviour.

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I can accept him as someone who thought it would be good if everyone tried to be as nice to each other as possible, and even went to the extent of shaping his life around delivering that message. Someone who, like most people who try doing this has been co-opted for all sorts of sundry purposes, including making bad behaviour seem good.

I’m well on my way to accepting myself as my personal lord and saviour, and hopefully will complete this task before i die.

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April 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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Do You Believe in God?

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God Is Tired of Your Ceaseless Whining

God (above centre), the subject of this article.

No, this isn’t a poll – you don’t get to tell me anything. This is yet another result of my reflecting on a subject brought up in the course of daily events, while doing my part in said events.  I’m telling you stuff once again, and really you’re just serving as a proxy for me, in a lot of ways. If I happen to assist you in resolving an issue you’ve been having, nailing down a difficult point, or illuminating something that hadn’t occurred to you that way before, my day is more than complete.

Hanging around on the edges of various social, political, and etc activities and groups, I have occasion to cross paths with people with very strong religious beliefs – participants from developing countries, for instance, or recent immigrants. And while we get along fine and work together well in most cases, I can almost see the question that must be burning in their minds alive and hanging in the air.

For this exercise, you, the reader, will take the role of said religiously-inclined associate, and I will take the role of Me.

You: So, like, do you believe in God?

Me: Well, I’d be pretty dum not to, you know? I mean, based on evidence, God is just as believable as a large corporation, or better yet, the United States Army. Both God and the Army have individuals empowered to speak on their behalf who have to be, and are, taken as the absolute word by their followers. Both have control and/or ownership of extensive assets and property, and both have hordes of adherents who are willing to lay down their lives to follow their commands. Both are quite happy to make grand sweeping pronunciations that will affect the lives and well-beings of millions. God really tops the Army, of course, since he’s been at it so much longer, and has like billions upon billions of people at his disposable, whereas the Army, even when you count up the dependants of its serving members, the equipment and catering contractors, the permanently handicapped guys languishing in the veteran’s hospitals and the hospital staff members can’t really beat God’s roster. Especially when you consider the United States Army is manifestly a sub-section of God’s organization. And while both clearly have affected the evolution and ongoing function of nations, God has been doing that way longer. Beyond that, millions- billions -of people have developed and meaningful relationships with God, which they may pursue in groups or individually. God provides them with their purpose and a compass for their lives. Decisions are being every moment on the Earth based entirely on how God will feel about them. People are willing to die, and kill others just because they think it’s what God wants. I mean, seriously, the evidence is pretty strong – you’d have to be in pretty heavy denial not to believe in God.

You: OK, great. But does God, in the Abrahamic religious sense,  Guy-with-a-beard-on-a-cloud, you know, exist, like, as a separate identifiable entity?

Me: (Laughs) No, of course not. Don’t be stupid.

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November 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Everyday Alphbet – Gg – Glorious God

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Everyday Alphabet - Gg

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October 15, 2010 at 12:42 am