@onemanarmy I see the parallel. Is speciesism the same as racism? To quote Dawkins: "The director of a zoo is entitled to "put down" a chimpanzee that is surplus to requirements, while any suggestion that he might "put down" a redundant keeper or ticket-seller would be greeted with howls of incredulous outrage. The chimpanzee is the property of the zoo. Humans are nowadays not supposed to be anybody's property, yet the rationale for discriminating against chimpanzees is seldom spelled out, and I doubt if there is a defensible rationale at all. Such is the breathtaking speciesism of our Christian-inspired attitudes, the abortion of a single human zygote (most of them are destined to be spontaneously aborted anyway) can arouse more moral solicitude and righteous indignation than the vivisection of any number of intelligent adult chimpanzees!"
I do not believe in the existence of universally true systems of morals. The vast majority of humans do and your point should provide food for thought for them
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I sometimes use thought experiments. I don't necessarily believe in every idea I post for discussion on this forum