Saturday, September 22, 2007

On The Rant Again...

After the recent anniversary of 9/11, and news items such as football players involved in running dog fighting matches , the unending reports of vicious killings in the Middle East and Africa, and the continuous reports of senseless violence against people and animals in our own country, I thought the following quotes would be appropriate to post:

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives." - Albert Schweitzer

"We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature." - Rachel Carson, American Author and Marine Biologist

"Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he's the one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot." - Mark Twain, American Novelist

Over the past few years we have had local news reports of teenagers breaking into pens and purposely torturing pigs and horses, shooting pet cats with arrows, and beating dogs nearly to death. I shudder to think what these "kids" will be like when they are adults.

There are times when killing someone or something is necessary, but I can't imagine ever being delighted over doing so. I can't begin to understand the mind of a terrorist. I will never understand how any sane person can take pleasure in murder or torture.


Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Those are great quotes.

frustrated writer said...

I am familiar with Twain's quote as he is a favorite author of mine but always wondered if he ever watched a cat play with a mouse. They must know they are inflicting pain as you hear the mice squeaking underneath a bored cat's paws...

But you are right, the cruelties we keep hearing about are more than enough reason to worry about this world we live in.

Rachel said...

I will never understand it either. You wonder how they can do such cruel things and then sleep at night.

The cat and mouse is nature, just like lions, tigers, foxes, etc., have to eat other animals to survive. Man knows better but some people just get pleasure out of torturing animals and, I agree with you, that it only leads to worse things. I seldom watch the news. It's just too depressing.

Cliff said...

Hear! Hear!
The terrorists are the ones who get to me. Thanks for this one.
I read the blog below this and am happy you'll soon have Mom close by. That will be such a relief.
Man you've sure had your share of packing things up for moving as of late.

JR said...

Looks like you have become a delinquent blogger too. :)

Rhodent said...

As soon as I get Grandma Shan moved I hope to have more time!!!!

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