Dogs Are People, Too

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Kusala
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Dogs Are People, Too

Postby Kusala » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:43 am

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby cooran » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:53 am

Absolutely fascinating!

It is really going to raise moral questions in the future.

With metta,
Chris
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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:50 am

cooran wrote:Absolutely fascinating!

It is really going to raise moral questions in the future.

With metta,
Chris

Hi, Chris,
It's already raising moral questions, especially as regards apes. See, for instance, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_ape_personhood.
If you wanted to look at it in a social-political context, you could see it as an extension of the sporadic movement to extend rights from adult males to women, to children, to other ethnic groups (e.g. indigenous Australians were not counted in the census when I was a child and some had no voting rights) and so on - happening at different speeds all around the world.
The question, as in our endless debates over "sentience", is how and where to draw the line.
For my part, I think it's an abuse and corruption of language to call animals "people" but I would like to see all animals treated with more respect and dignity, however we go about achieving that.

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Re: Dogs Are People, Too

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:26 am

Greetings,

Kim OHara wrote:For my part, I think it's an abuse and corruption of language to call animals "people" but I would like to see all animals treated with more respect and dignity, however we go about achieving that.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

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