Put darkness behind your back and become enlightened...
A little something ^^^ resonating here.
Taken from http://www.stopourshame.com/en/argumentos.htm
I kind of found this bit interesting.
The pro bull fighting people say:
“The bull is not killed in the ring to satisfy an unhealthy appetite; on the contrary, it reveals qualities and essential characteristic such as dedication, bravery, intelligence, creativity and solidarity and the event allows thousands of “aficionados” to commune together in the simple belief that Man triumphs over Chaos and in so doing elevates his condition. The experience, which has a strong metaphysical connotation, can at times give the participants a taste of eternity.
The citizens of the EU and members of the SOS Platform argue:
This idea, peppered with a medieval interpretation of metaphysics and religious fervour, is a negation of that which they hope to achieve: the elevation of the human condition. To start with, this line of thinking negates the scientific basics of evolution and perhaps situates their theorists alongside the creationists.
We do not deny the differences between us and other mammals. We understand that our capacity to reason, to judge, to think, to control ourselves, to invent systems of government and laws and to establish customs. All these abilities make us different. We hold that this difference, which makes us instrumental in human destiny, makes us responsible for our lives, our decisions and our environment. We are now experiencing global warming and the climate change which are precisely consequences of -………………………. We are creatures of habit as well as political creatures; we establish a way of life and a way of going about things. These ways are only ever modified as a result of the historic revolutions.
Thanks to the tireless work of people who glimpsed in themselves the capacity to handle political power and who convinced their society of this capacity, the absolute monarchies were overturned. Later, citizens won economic, social and political rights. Again this was achieved thanks to the tireless work of a few visionaries who convinced and educated their society; reasoning and rationality convinced people that these were universal rights and not only pertaining to the privileged class. This movement, this revolution, known as the Enlightenment, has left us with the knowledge that we are rational creatures and morally responsible for our actions.
The duality of Nature/Culture (Nurture) (which the bull fighting supporters say is reflected in the ring, as the struggle between Order and Chaos) is ethically comprehensible if you look at things from the anthropological and ethnocentric point of view which separates Man from Nature. But if you see Man as part of the Natural World then the duality is not ethically comprehensible. bull fighting people, who tend to be anthropocentric, see the fight as Rational Man fighting to re-establish Order; the fight represents a mystic, purifying experience where Man prevails over the Brutality of Nature and he becomes the Creator; the subject transforms the object; the res cogitans moulds the res extensa.
For us, the members of the SOS Platform, the human species is not perceived from the metaphysical point of view. We see animals, humans and nature as interrelated parts of life. The bull fight is irrational where Man refuses to accept himself as part of Nature and subjects the bull arbitrarily to a cruel ritual ending in his death; Man refuses to admit that the bull feels like he does, has interests as he does, and who has the right not to suffer unnecessarily.
The members of the SOS Platform feel closer to a scientific standpoint; we accept that we are a part of the Natural World, that we are interrelated; we also feel a great responsibility for its upkeep.
We accept that we belong to nature and we feel connected to the rest of living creatures which inhabit the planet.
From this standpoint we face a new ethical dimension which requires us to answer some questions: questions about the value of other living creatures, questions about our own value within the chaos and the order in the Natural World, questions about where Man stands now in the cosmos, Man who has ethical and scientific concerns, Man who rejects the old-fashioned version of humans as the ones chosen by God to make sense of the world and to dominate and order it. Obviously we try to order and make sense to the world (after all we are the ones who know and transform the world), but we are not in the centre of the world. We are situated there where science, ethics and society tell us we are: if science tells us we are “part of the ecosystem” then we are woven into the tapestry of the planet; if society tells us to “appreciate living in peaceful and respectful coexistence” then we recognise the richness of diversity but not only human diversity, the rich diversity of animals and nature; if ethics tells us we are “responsible for our actions” then it is because Mankind is active in changing the world and in so doing , has the power and logistic capacity to destroy everything that exists but who also has the power of ideals, ideals about life, culture and society, and must seek a life worth living for.
Thus we see bull fighting as a tradition which, unjustifiable from the moral, economic and cultural point of view, should have disappeared long ago due to popular revolt, but which still exists thanks to grants and subsidies and which, with our taxes we are all unwillingly and undemocratically supporting
For these reasons we ask you, please, to sign the Written Declaration and help us put an end to bull fighting and thus take a step forward for humanity.
I don't need to read stuff like this to know when something is intrinsically
wrong, maybe you should have a read Tiago. That is my opinion only, which I am entitiled to. Clear things up any?