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Sacred cows

Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( The EFZ, Massachusetts ) on March 30, 1999 at 18:15:53:

In Reply to: of a dalliance with a demon thing OR the fact value distinction revisited- areply (of sorts) to Joel posted by Copenhagen on March 30, 1999 at 15:48:07:

: To accept that there are no objective values, is to deny the reality of human experience, the 'cry of pain' that EVERY human soul admits (to paraphrase simone weil) when some atrocity is commited against them.

: Well, out of time...

: Thankyou and goodnight.

Just a minor point. Hindus and Buddhists (at least a large number) actually believe that ANY animals might hold the soul of a decesed human being. Cows were sanctified in India for largely economic reasons (don't want to soudn like a hidebound Marxsit, but still). The ancient Hindus used a lot of milk products and plowing labor, hence cows were an exceedingly valuable resource. (Also their dung was sued as fuel). To them the cow was quite literally, a gift from God and to kill such a gift woudl be not only nonsensical economically but would also be sacrilegious. When someone gives you a nice gift you don't destroy it.

Thank you for your post.

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