dvaid.A3.140 - Daksha Vaid Writing 140, Section # 64560D...

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Daksha Vaid Writing 140, Section # 64560D Dr. David Tomkins 21 st October 2009 Assignment #3 The Right to Live God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." - Genesis ( 1:20-28) Christianity has always regarded humans and animals to be a class apart. The idea of a divine hierarchy based on the theological concept of ‘dominion’ from ‘The book of Genesis’ where Adam is given ‘dominion’ over various creatures embraces the view that man possesses extraordinary power and ability to govern the animal kingdom. Animals are considered to have little or less importance or merit because they lack rationality, the ability to reason, and the ability to use language to articulate their ideas and feelings by a systematic means. As the world advances and the concept of animal rights gains more and more popularity, the strange notion
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that the animal kingdom came into existence solely for the benefit and pleasure of man is becoming gradually overcome and outgrown. Campaigns such vegetarianism and animal rights are examples of the rising consciousness among people about the unending pressure received by the domestic and wild animals from the human race. Finding moral features in apes is a fairly recent observation that has brought about a revolution in our views about these animals and in some ways about us, humans. These facts about animal’s emotional capacities and their experience of pain and happiness have made us more aware of the ethical treatment of animals. However, we continue to undermine the value of animals by misusing them and ignoring alternatives that could ensure their survival. In his book ‘Primates and Philosophers’, Frans De Waal asserts that we are not hypocritically fooling everyone when we act morally; instead we are making decisions that flow from social instincts older than our species, even though we add to these the uniquely human complexity of a disinterested concern for others and for society as a whole. In the course of human evolution, out-group hostility enhanced in-group solidarity to the point that morality emerged. Instead of merely ameliorating relations around us, as apes do, we have explicit teaching about the value of the community and the precedence it takes, or ought to take, over individual interests. Humans go much further in all this than the apes, which is why we have
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dvaid.A3.140 - Daksha Vaid Writing 140, Section # 64560D...

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