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Expository Writing 101: Section LH Paragraph Analysis November 3 rd , 2009 Human beings face a problem of ethical regression because no one is listening. When we cannot face our own issues, we try not to pay attention to the problem because we know inside that what we are doing is ethically wrong. For example, the factory farmers see an animal suffering. They do not stop to check and see what is wrong with it. Instead, they act like everything is fine. In “Meat and Milk Factories,” a veterinarian visiting a swine operation found out one of the sows had broken her leg the day before and was due to farrow next week. She was told also that the employees or producers will “let her farrow in here, and then [they will] shoot her and foster off her pigs” (Singer; Mason 554). These producers could not afford to care because they would risk the competition of the market. They muffle their own empathy for the sake of the progress of production. Apes have a similar problem as evident in Kennealy’s essay: “Apes don’t point referentially for other apes, because they will be ignored” (Kennealy 331). For fear of not receiving the attention they desire, they choose not to point or do a certain gesture. Humans also do not get the response or feedback they need when they express themselves to others. When they try to communicate, sometimes they find that no one is listening to them. Rat Kiley experienced the pain when he opened up to his best friend’s sister in the letter he wrote to her. “He’s nineteen years old-it’s too much for him-so he looks at you with those big sad gentle killer eyes and says cooze, because his friend is dead, and because it’s so incredibly sad and true: she never wrote back” (O’Brien 441). After no response from her, he grew upset. Rat Kiley was hoping to find some closure or reassurance from the sister but unfortunately did not receive anything. He suffered even more now because no one seemed to care about his feelings, which he could not even show because he was afraid of hurting his masculinity. Competition leaves no room for empathy. Whether competition is brought about by war or by industry, it disconnects people from one another in such a way that they are unable to see the suffering around them. It is a selfish and primitive way of communication and only shows disregard for everyone else. This form of communication is so regressive that author Christine Kenneally points out that competitiveness is a trait found in chimpanzees: “The chimpanzee understood this gesture without any problem, and it would head for the appropriate barrel. The movement Hare made was essentially the same in each case – a basic arm extension – but his intention was clearly cooperative in the first instance and competitive in the second” (Kenneally 332). During the experiment, Hare attempted to help the chimpanzee select the correct barrel and the monkey did not respond. However, when Hare went to grab at a barrel the chimpanzee jumped at the barrel itself. The chimpanzee lacked cooperative skills,
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