November 11, 2005
Quote of the Moment
I really do think that love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
--William Goldman, "The Princess Bride"...watched the movie with Ksenia last night. The book is only maybe 10-20% better, but it does have some great quotes like that, and a somewhat more realistic epilogue after the romantic rescue and ending.
Thought of the Moment
The other night the On Point was talking with Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA on that organization's 25th Anniversary. It seems that the mission's mandate is to raise animals to the level of humans, in terms of respect for their feelings and general karma (or, if your cynical, lower humans 'til they seem like just another animal.) It started to make me wonder, in this circle of life, how do we feel about other animals that are pure carnivores? Do we try to get them to change their ways? (It's kind of a take on the old liberal "what's our tolerance of intolerant belief systems" bugaboo.) There's a PETA vegetarian FAQ that says "Most animals who kill for food could not survive if they didnít, but that is not the case for humans."
Also, I know it's a nitpick, but I hate how they keep saying that the alternative to a vegetarian lifestyle is being an carnivore...carnivore is not the same thing as omnivore, it just sounds more menacing.