Blog Response Week 9 Prompt 1: Assigning value to the lives of animals

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I think when it comes down to defining a life or placing a meaning behind something it heavily relies on how the individual views it. Each person has their own set of beliefs and values that are usually instilled to them by the environment they grow up in. Collectively these values add up to defining the rules and regulations that a society abides by. When we collectively place a meaning behind it then it becomes something that is sacred and respected. I don’t think the issue lies with how a person defines a life but how the society they live in shapes their views of the different lives that make up our environment. So when we apply the behavior of a society when it comes to the food industry, we can start seeing patterns in how they define animal rights. The importance of an animal’s life lies with how a society molds its citizen to view it. If the norm of a good meal is to eat at McDonalds or KFC then a society will place more value in keeping that industry alive even if it means to continue the abuse of the animals that make that business flourish. Our society values these overconsumption behaviors that objectify animals as just another resource that can be used and abused for their own selfish needs.  I believe if we want to reduce the environmental issues that come with environmental issues and health issues then we need to value life at a deeper level whether it includes consciousness or not instead of valuing life as just another resource.

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  1. I am curious as to what you are getting at here. I agree that each person has a set of values that they usually do not want to give up or alter, such as if the norm were to eat KFC, however I do not see how you believe that someone’s views can be changed. The deeper level that you mention is not something that can be taught once and blindly accepted, but needs to be taught repeatedly over time until a new school of thought is adapted. Look at any major marketing campaign, or psychological violence, and see how they have persuaded you to buy something. One that sticks out in my mind is the Slim Jim commercial where they promote buying a Slim Jim for a friend who chooses another beef stick. Last time I was at the Gate Gas Station, I bought two Slim Jims because the advertisement worked. I watched it multiple times and decided when I was buying one that I needed two. Repetition is the key to success.

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