I never thought I’d say this, but…coffee must be evil. Look at Starbucks, for example. I could stop there, I suppose, and everyone would understand my point, but to give a little more detail, PunkAssBlog highlights one of the quotes they are printing on their cups.
The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to this simple but profound question: Does every human life have equal moral value simply and merely because it is human? Answer yes, and we have a chance of achieving universal human rights. Answer no, and it means that we are merely another animal in the forest.
senior fellow with the Discovery Institute
Oh, Starbucks does put a disclaimer on all these quotes — “The opinions put forth by contributors to “The Way I See It” do not necessarily reflect the views of Starbucks” — and they say the purpose is to “get people talking,” so I’ll bite.
Smith is a vacuous twit. Let’s talk about that.
There is no profundity in that question at all. He proposes a simplistic dichotomy using terms that he leaves undefined, but no doubt have a private meaning that he can use as a codeword to his like-minded compatriots, and then tells us what our answer damn well better be. It’s sloganeering for ideologues.
Tell me, what is “human”? Knowing what Smith’s other opinions are, he reduces humanity to a ‘mere’ fertilized cell, and his goal is equal rights for blastulae. Isn’t that rather more demeaning than being another animal in the forest? We’re just another cell in the colony, and the universal human rights he wants us to fight for are the privileges we give to the lowest common denominator, whatever cell has the right number of chromosomes and an appropriately human paternity (we all know that maternity is not quite as important to his side).
Isn’t that definition rather central to his whole premise? He’s arguing that saying that all humans are equal is a prerequisite to giving all humans equal rights, which isn’t necessarily true—we could grant chimpanzees all the rights of humans without requiring that they belong to Homo sapiens. Most importantly, though, if we conveniently defined away all Swedes as sub-human, he could still achieve his goal of universal civil rights for all people—after all, while we may have enslaved all the Swedish people and put them to work in forced labor camps, but they aren’t in our defined set of “humans” anyway.
I guess I’m just going to have to boycott that overpriced Starbucks stuff. Instead, I’ll frequent my local coffeeshop, which is run by a consortium of local evangelical churches.
Like I said, coffee must be evil.