I don’t care how many excuses you can come up with. I don’t care if cavemen ate meat. I don’t care if you pray for the souls of the animals you eat. I don’t care if some people who have nothing to do with you live in food deserts. I don’t care if you believe the myth of the happy farm. I don’t care if you (we) have canines. I don’t care if that’s the way you (we) have been raised. I don’t care if you (we) can’t live 100% cruelty free. I don’t care if the grandfather of the cousin of your friend loves his hens. I don’t care if you care more about humans than nonhumans. I don’t care.
If you can live without exploiting nonhuman animals, your excuses are not valid. And do you know how I know this? Because I used those excuses too. And they’re all crap. So stop deceiving yourself.
The New York Times ran an op-ed piece by PhD-to-be philosopher-neuroscientist-psychologist Adam Shriver, from Washington University in St Louis.
"What’s perhaps even more pitiable about Mr. Shriver’s theory is the perpetuation of the anthropocentric machine that landed these animals in the cage in the first place. Adam, we should all be ashamed. Even when we try to help these animals we further their demise.”
The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life. It be true that optimism compels the world forward, and pessimism retards it, them it is dangerous to propagate a pessimistic philosophy. One who believes that the pain in the world outweighs the joy, and expresses that unhappy conviction, only adds to the pain. … Life is a fair field, and the right will prosper if we stand by our guns.
Let pessimism once take hold of the mind, and life is all topsy-turvy, all vanity and vexation of spirit. … If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation.