I read a comment by a hubber (on a forum) who seemed to be complaining because one of her hubs was flagged because she suggested that homeless puppies be drowned. Her comments were arrogant to me, like she was proud of herself for being cruel. She went on to compare puppies to childen (from my understanding) and seemed to be saying that puppies should be drowned if there are suffering children because children are more important than animals. And I thought, "Help the puppies and the children-both are God's creatures". Why drown the puppies? It was a cruel suggestion and what a way to die. What sickened me was her arrogance and pride in her 'shocking' suggestion (in my opinion). But being callous about the lives of animals is nothing new; it's not awe-inspiring, it's doesn't show that this woman is somehow strong. True some people value pets over people; they neglect their children but care for their animals. This is wrong but one does not have to be heartless and cruel to an animal to prove that they care for people. We should value all life.
I recently read about a young woman who tortured and killed her pets and thought she was so bizarre and hip.It was like she thought killing a helpless animal was something to be proud of when in actuality it was weak, cowardly, and pathetic. To have no empathy is not strength. Strength is having power and not abusing that power. She had power over those animals and she abused it; that makes her very weak and evil. Evil is weakness. Heroes don't hurt the vulnerable.
There is absolutely nothing impressive about being callous towards the life of an animal or a person. The person who saves one life is the hero who saves the world.
"We humans are wretched things" - Achilles
Great quote and so true
Anyone who is cruel to an animal is a coward in my opinion. Who ever wrote about drowning puppies should not be allowed on this site and she better hope that I don't ever come across that hub because I would say something she wouldn't like!!!! I agree with you 100% and to those who think animal cruelty is hip really need to get a clue because harming an innocent defenseless creature is both heartless and cowardly!
I think a five week old argument about whether or not a rhetorical statement on an unpublished hub was in good taste is pretty moot right now.
It is never to late to point out that animals shouldn't be considered unimportant because people are suffering. I hate the term moot point; it's so cliche. It's not about a particular Hub; it's about animal rights and the disturbing mentality that deems it necessary to be callous about the suffering of animals to prove that you care about humans.
Some people, especially sociopaths, feel that taking a life gives them power. To them it is the opposite of weakness - to be able to kill something with no remorse without turning into a blubbering mess is apparently a good thing and some people do feel good about inflicting pain on others, be they animal or human. These are the same people who feel that crying or showing emotion (in any situation) is a weakness and often actively seek to punish those that they perceive as weak. Evolutionarily speaking it makes sense that sociopaths exist. With no remorse or empathy they could defend territories, kill dinner, and make hard decisions involving life and death but in today's society they are seen increasingly as a bad thing... toxic personalities, greedy, low, and tragic.
Sadly we will probably always need population control when it comes to domestic animals that will involve killing excess ones that don't have homes and eating the ones raised for that purpose. With that being said there's no reason to torture them or make them suffer. Treating them with respect in their final moments shows empathy which in the long run is the stronger skill that will lead us into a better more civilized future.
I don't know about the evolutionary argument because people fight to protect those homes because they care about something. Natives killed the buffalo but they respected the animals and thanked them. Sociopaths don't care about anybody but themselves. I do agree that sociopaths think that their coldness is strength but it isn't. To not give a shit isn't strength. To give a shit and make tough decisions; that's strength. Like for example, having to put down your dog who is suffering. A sociopath would do it without blinking an eye. Does that make him strong? Another would be aching inside but would do it for the sake of the animal which shows incredible strength. Spaying and Neutering helps decrease overpopulation of pets. I agree, empathy is strength.
Sociopaths have traditionally had a status for large communities - i.e. the leader of whole villages or nations because they were *really* good at doing sick twisted things to scare off enemies. Think Vlad the Impaler. He's still seen as a hero in his home country of Transylvania but he was the sociopath of all sociopaths. He killed his own people and impaled them by the thousands in large fields surrounding his castle, torching their farmlands so that invading enemies wouldn't have any food to plunder when they invaded. The mass impalement was a message to the invading enemies - if this is what I'll do to my own people what do you think I will do to you? A non-sociopath probably would not slaughter their own people in the most barbaric method possible just to send a message to some strangers. Their empathy would make them feel guilty for even thinking about using them as fodder.
My point is that we're outgrowing the need for this kind of person. Instead of being warlords many of them are making it to Wall Street. They're good at keeping money (power) to themselves and screwing everyone else over. It's NOT a good thing anymore. One can hope with time they may be bred out of our population but I don't see this happening. Women in particular are often attracted to their confidence and superficial charm. Their genes get passed on. As many as 1 in 100 people may be a sociopath in America today. Saddening. The best I can do is avoid them in my own life and hope others do the same.
Empathy is the strength of the future. It is that which will bring us to better places as a species. Empathy can stop wars, get people talking, bring nations together. In today's world this is more valuable.
I agree with SandCastles empathy is strength being cold hearted isn't strength how can you be strong if you cant feel emotion its not possible! There is no excuse for cruelty to animals!
Given this comment related to a specific hubber, I think these comments are presumptuous and insulting.
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