Thought for the day 2nd of July

“I was always taught by my mother: the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think, what you think next defines who you are.”

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Thought for the day - Philosophers bust

Talking meat… is it right?

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there is a famous clip where in a restaurant at the end of the universe, they find a pig that wants to be eaten.

Basically they get to the restaurant and order their meal, and then the waiter brings the pig out to the table on a trolley, and then the pig says

“Good evening madame and gentlemen, I am the main dish of the day. May I interest you in parts of my body?”

They all look bemused when he carries on by saying

“Something of my shoulder perhaps, brazed in a little white wine sauce”

Arthur then exclaims

“Your shoulder!!!”

to this the pig replies

“Well naturally mine sir, nobody else’s is mine to offer!”

the scene carries on with the pig suggesting different ways in which it could be eaten. After the pig has finished someone exclaims

“You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it”

and Arthur follows this up by saying

“I don’t want to eat an animal that is lying there inviting me to”

he then goes on to say how he thinks it is horrible, before he is replied to with

“It’s better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten.”

Arthur demands a green salad. The pig seems sad that he has been given the ability of speech, in order to inform the travellers that he wants to be eaten, and yet this very function makes them not want to consume him.

The pig that wants to be eaten from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur Dent from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sitting next to a pig that has told him that he wants to be eaten

If a pork joint had just been placed in front of him, no doubt Arthur would have eaten it, so why does he refuse to when the animal it is going to come from speaks to him?

I can draw two explanations

  1. The very fact that the pig can talk makes Arthur feel that this is no longer an animal, but it is closer to a human, as it is able to consciously form and respond to sentences
  2. The idea of eating something that has just asked to be eaten turned Arthur’s stomach, so that he couldn’t bring himself to eat the pig, imagine eating it and remembering it talking to you

If we gave animals the ability to speak and then only ate the ones that didn’t mind, or even wanted to be eaten, would that make it any more morally justifiable/right to do so?

Who’s to say the pig hadn’t been told to say that, maybe genetic engineering pre-programmed it to believe that it wanted to be eaten. Is that right?

What’s your opinion of the whole situation of talking meat, is it right? Does it make eating meat any more moral? Do we only prefer it not to talk as it ‘lightens our conciousness’ whilst eating it?

Thought for the day 7th of February

Its the little things in life that can make all the difference. I recently cooked some crab cakes. I had never cooked crab before, but I liked fish cakes and I liked crab, so what was there to lose!

I cooked the crab cakes and here they are!

Christopher Roberts Crab Cakes!

Bon Appétit mon ‘crab cakes’ sont finis!

Why not make some for yourself? They taste really good 🙂

Thought for the day

Prioritise the things in your life

Just before I set up my philosophy blog, I was enlightened by a fantastic bit of philosophy. I thought it was so good that I posted it out of place on my technology blog, you can find it by going to my A Bit of Philosophy article.

Now that I have a philosophy blog, I thought that it was only appropriate to re-post the article here. The article went a bit like this…

“A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up an empty jar and started to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked yet again if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

The professor then produced a cup of tea from under the table and poured it into the jar, filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

Food For Thought “Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the things most important to you – your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favourite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out. Have fun with friends etc. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the car.

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities right. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised there hand and inquired what the tea represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always time for a cup of tea!”

So there you have it, prioritise for your golf balls, they are the most important, also dedicate some time to your pebbles, and finally look after your sand, but if you loose some sand you are still full, and can easily gain it back – unlike golf balls which are much harder to attain!

Thanks for reading, I hope I have given you some food for thought.

Good luck looking after your golf balls!”

So, as I am sure you can see, it really was a very worthwhile bit of philosophy!