Dressing up cat as pumpkin is morally justified
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Proposition - I believe that dressing up a cat as a pumpkin is morally justified on the following grounds:
1. God gave us dominion over cats, according to Genesis 1:28 "have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
2. Or, if you are a Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist, the cat probably deserves it because a sin it did in a past life.
3. If you are an atheist, the cat would probably dress you up as a pumpkin, too, if given the chance. Therefore, the law of "Survival of the Fittest" necessitates that we either dress up an animal as a pumpkin, or be dressed up by an animal as a pumpkin ourselves (or some equivalent action).
4. It was done on Seinfeld, if I remember right.
5. The cat will be let out of the pumpkin costume every two hours for a 30 minute interval to stretch, use the restroom and eat no more than four but no less than two cans of Fancy Feast (tm), depending upon the size of said cat.
6. It is also justified to take photos of the cat in pumpkin uniform and take them to work as a conversation piece.
7. The cat doesn't know any different because it is a stupid beast and only thinks of selfish motives.
8. The cat only wears the pumpkin for a day or two. Then it is placed in leotard.
The preliminary challenge I wish to issue against the proposition is a concise definition of what constitutes 'morally justified'. It seems the opposition has given a litany of examples of possible appeals to proximate religico-philosophical domains, but no coherent argument has been presented. In the case that the opposition believes mere listing of examples that purportedly share the same conclusion as s/he, I will respond briefly to each with brevity.
1. Genesis also talks of the stewardship obligations of human animals towards non-human animals. 'Stewardship' is understood as a form of management and care extended towards a living being. 'Dominion' is not to be understood as an unbounded right to exert power over, but a dutifully-bounded position.
2. The Indian traditions of thought you make reference to emphasize reciprocity and the fundamental shared condition between all sentient creatures. Unless you believe you would like to be coerced into an outfit and paraded about for a camera, not understanding why, I think it would be considered unconscionable in these traditions.
3. 'Survival of the fittest' is not a principle within evolutionary theory. Indeed, it remains a principle advanced by social Darwinism which also supported proto-eugenic movements. It seems questionable to invoke such a contentious tradition as morally exemplary.
4. George Costanza also had prominent gynecomastia, i.e. male breast tissue. Is it, therefore, morally justified to state the new expectation of men is to have breasts?
6. Just because you insist it is so, does not make it is so.
7. Theorist Singer does not define moral worthiness in relation to 'rationality', but the ability to suffer pain. A cat can suffer pain and it holds this interest.
8. Your future feline sartorial choices (or exploits) are irrelevant.
1. The Con is easily refuted here when we refer to the Hebrew words "kabash" and "radah":
As Hebrews killed animals routinely, the idea that Biblical values would be oppose the proposition is unfounded.
2. As to the Dharmic traditions, the compassion of Hinduism and Buddhism does not extend to not dressing the animal up for ornamental purposes. Cows are decorated in India as part of religious festivals / used in farming:
Buddhists also use them for farming. It is true that the Dharmic traditions are more pro-animal, but Con's argument insufficient to rebut the proposition.
3. That a tradition is "contentious" in some circles in no way impugnes its veracity. The question of atheistic morality deserves its own debate, but there is at least one form of purely atheistic morality in which my proposition is sound.
4. This is false equivalency.
6. Statement 6 is based upon the ethical conclusions as found in 1-3.
7. This sounds like an argument from authority and is insufficient.
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Vote Placed by Tweka 2 years ago
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