In my last post I wrote about the reality of the superiority of the human species and how this relates to various interconnected issues; for example, the current widespread belief that the human species is not superior to the other life-forms that live on the Earth, and the cosmic inevitability and worth of the previous and current domination and exploitation of these other life-forms by the human species.
I have just finished reading the April 2017 edition of the Vegan Life magazine (I am a vegan!) & thought that, in the light of the above, it would be worth commenting on a view that was expressed in the magazine:
"Where I am right now I can see a field, and in front of me there are about 20 lambs. They have all been spray painted with numbers across their white fleeces. That to me is an example of the commodification of animals. They are seen as numbers and not as living beings. We, as humans, have to stop seeing ourselves as superior. By what right do we exploit these innocent creatures?"
Roger Roberts, 'Spokesman', Vegan Life magazine, April 2017, p. 41
The first part of the view expressed above is just an obvious truth: the 'human' is that part of our evolving Solar System, and the evolving entity that is 'life on Earth', that is the technological animal, the modifier, the analyser, the utiliser, the commodifier, of the non-living and living resources of the Earth. As we are currently living in the age of the Technological Explosion it is inevitable that the vast majority of humans that are currently alive will see non-human life-forms as 'commodities to be used' rather than as 'fellow brothers/sisters'.
The second part of the view expressed above is fundamentally flawed. The belief/hope that is being expressed is that in the future the human species might come to see itself as not superior to the other life-forms that live on the Earth, and that when this happens that there will be an end to factory farming and the plethora of other ways that humans utilise and exploit the non-human life-forms of the Earth. This hope, that all non-human life-forms will be treated by humans with the utmost dignity and respect, is a wonderful one. I, along with a vast number of other people, certainly hope for such a future. The reason that the view is fundamentally flawed is that, in reality, the human species is superior, and the human species will come to know, in the near future, why it is superior (at the time of The Realisation of Cosmic Purpose in the age of the Spiritual Explosion). This knowledge will be pervasive and widely accepted.
This means that the hope that in the future the human species will come to see itself as not superior is a hope that will never become reality. Indeed, despite the current exploitative actions of the human species towards non-human life-forms, our current epoch is already a stage in which the dominant view entails that the human species sees itself as not superior, because the current dominating view is that the human species is 'just one species among many' that has no cosmic significance or purpose that 'raises it up' above the non-human life-forms of the Earth. The view that the human species is not superior is perfectly compatible with the widespread human exploitation of the non-human!
In direct opposition to the view expressed in the magazine, it is actually the acceptance and widespread realisation that the human species is superior, and the knowledge of the reason why this is so, that leads to the end of the exploitation of non-human life-forms by the human species. Compassion cannot easily arise from a place of ignorance. It is when one sees the purpose of the human species and our relation to the non-human life-forms of the Earth, the fact that we are superior and the saviours of life on Earth, that compassion can easily flow and non-human life-forms can then only be seen as fellow brothers/sisters which are to be exploited and commodified no more.
The final part of the view expressed in the magazine is "By what right do we exploit these innocent creatures." The exploitation of the non-human by the human is not very helpfully thought of as a matter of 'rights'. Rather, the human, by its very essence, is that part of our Solar System, and that part of life on Earth, which becomes the modifier par excellence, the master exploiter, for the benefit of life on Earth. This is just the way that things are, the way that our Solar System is and unfolds. There is no question of 'rights' here. 'Rights' are just things that are invented within human society. As our Solar System/human culture unfolds, we will move to a different non-exploitative relationship with the non-human life-forms of the Earth.