The other day at school we had watched a video about the philosopher René Descartes. He had a very interesting way of thinking.
“Cogito ergo sum.”
This is most famous quote, which means “I think, so I am.” Real knowledge starts with our own brain.
One of his ideas in particular caught my attention.
He put a thick line between body and mind. He thought of a body on its own as a machine; it is a programmed system. A brain had a lot of freedom he thought. He said that only humans were capable of thinking freely. Therefore animals animal were nothing but machines to him. In France about everyone knows about René Descartes.
This could explain why things like foie gras, a dish made of goose liver, is still a delicatessen in France.
I think Descartes was right about the part that animals don’t have that free mind like we, humans do. But I don’t feel superior to them. I think because of that “no-free-mind” thing, we don’t have the right to abuse them, fatten them, for our own benefit. They can’t speak, they can’t tell you how they feel. Shouldn’t ist be us to speak up fo the ones who can’t? This is why I became a vegetarian begin 2012. I didn’t want to be part of that cruelty any longer.
And even though people tell me my decision only doesn’t make a difference, I remind them and myself of Gandhi’s quote: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
If enough people start to think this way, we might be able to make a change.