power breeds complicity, whether we like it or not. — David Pearce
Sometimes, wisdom consists in not acting even when you could act. We should leave other species alone, to the extent possible, eg by way of nature reserves.
Humans would (I hope) rescue a small child from the jaws of a lion. — David Pearce
I live in a very old city, Rome. Here, humans were at some point sending children into the jaws of lions for fun. And worse things. And people would go to see the show. But the interesting thing here is that those kids often went into the lions' jaws willingly. All they had to do to live was to perform some rites for the emperor's worship, but they would rather not.
They were called martyrs, which means "witness", for they bore witness that there was an entity greater than the emperor, and that only He should be worshipped.
I'm not a believer anymore but those guys were onto something. In secular terms, , they 'witnessed' that no man is a god, that no man deserves to be treated as a god, and that no man should act as a god.
This idea is behind my fears of your technological utopia. We are not gods.
I note that this idea is now a truism, and you must have encountered it. But it wasn't a truism 2000 years ago, and it is the Christian martyrs who hammered it into the social conciousness by willingly enduring the worst sufferings for the sake of it, for centuries. Because amongst the endured Romans who went merrily to the theater, week after week, to see some stupid Christians get fed to the lions, SOME felt their heart melt. SOME understood that these guys were serious, that there was something deeply subversive in their acceptance of pain and death. They were telling the antique world: "We don't give a shit about your power, about all your tortures, about all your refined ways to kill. We're not afraid. We're the captains of our own souls, and we will pray the way we want to pray. Thank you very much."
And quite a few of them Romans came to think in petto that those Christians were admirable. That's how the martyrs won them out, ultimately. By the virtues of suffering. Life is complicated.
No one deserves to be disembowelled, asphyxiated or eaten alive — David Pearce
Death is a necessary aspect of life. Logically, death is simply the absence or end of life so death is logically necessary if life is to exist. Practically, entropy can't be beaten forever and thus all living creatures beyond a certain complexity threshold die, ultimately.
And when we die, our meat isn't lost on the livings. Tigers or worms, someone will eat you. And that may sound bleak but that is not a tragedy. That is simply the price to pay for the immense privilege to have lived.