From: Jacques Du Pasquier (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 03:16:06 MST
Spike Jones wrote (5.2.2002/21:51) :
> They [cows] have to be the most ludicrous
> animal ever invented.
When you go through generations of man-made selection based on the
quantity of meat you produce and how good it tastes, you obviously
drift into nonsense in other, more fundamental features. Most
importantly, you stop caring about yourself, which is pretty much what
natural life is about... In my childhood in Switzerland I have often
observed cows, and I often had the impression that they would share
two minds in three cows, or something like that.
I find it disturbing to feel that there is someone all the same
looking at me behind these big eyes, that has partly lost its sense of
individuality, but still sort of feels and sort of dimly remembers
what it once was to be a cow (see the way they stop eating, look at
you, and seem to try to "compute" ?). After all, many *people* are
quite alienated, and *somehow* we are all absent to ourselves, only
*tending* to presence. If you don't see the person in the cow, you'll
probably miss it in the man, too.
Sorry to talk about cows in the Damien Broderick thread :-)
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