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Single Idea 8236

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / F. Life Issues / 6. Animal Rights]

Full Idea

Once a gentleman has seen animals alive, he cannot bear to see them die, and once having heard their cry, he cannot bear to eat their flesh. That is why the gentleman keeps his distance from the kitchen.

Gist of Idea

Avoid the animals you are going to eat, as it is hard once you have got to know them

Source

Mencius (Meng K'e) (Mencius [c.310 BCE], 1.A.7)

Book Reference

Mencius: 'Mencius', ed/tr. Lau,D.C. [Penguin 1970], p.55


A Reaction

If you applied this to a Gestapo officer and his victims, it would obviously be the epitome of wickedness. But it is complex. Compassion is expected when we encounter suffering, but we are not obliged to seek out suffering. Or are we?