Back to Pumpkin Spice Gate
Thanks for the excellent responses to the pumpkin spice post. Reminds me of the good old days. I’m swayed by many of your remarks that, indeed, I should not have referred to the incident as trivial. But I want to push back on the speciesism claim—that is, the idea that we should look at the issue without (in the slightest) favoring humans over cows. I would like to agree that I think this way. On some days, in some cases, I do. But, in other cases, I must confess that I don’t. To test myself, I presented myself with this hypothetical. Try it:
You stand before two impending atrocities. One is an innocent cow who is about to be milked so her milk can be processed into powder for a pumpkin spice mix. The other is a ruthless dictator about to gas an entire village of innocent civilians. You have the power to prevent only one atrocity. Which would you choose?
Try not to critique the hypothetical (I know it’s not perfect). As John McEnroe once screamed at a chair ump: Just Answer the QUESTION!!” I’m genuinely curious to hear your thoughts.