Saturday, August 25, 2007

More on Michael

Jonah Goldberg explains the evil of Michael Vick and the wonderfulness of dogs.

Money quote:

What we see most clearly in dogs are precisely the things we as human beings wish to see in ourselves: loyalty, joy, love, home, family, commitment, humor, and an utter disregard for the pieties and pretenses of fashionable life... My dog cares not that he is beautiful, that he is rich, that he is prized. All he cares about is that he is loved and that he has someone to love back. And if that someone happens to have a piece of ham behind his back, well, he’s no fool either.


Indeed, as many have noted, dogs look to us as we look to God. Even Ambrose Bierce, a great cynic, defined “reverence” as “the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.”


This helps us understand why finding joy in cruelty to animals is horrific. Torturing a dog or a cat for sport is not disgusting because animals have rights, it is repugnant because human beings have obligations. If animals look to us as gods, and we in turn torture them for our amusement, have we not willingly made ourselves into devils?"

Read the whole thing.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad that we have more dog lovers than baby lovers. Where is the outrage over abortion?

August 26, 2007 at 7:33 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Actually, we don't.
There is plenty of outrage over abortion. Even more when babies are born, then killed. The problem is getting some people to understand the similarity between the two.
In the meantime, there is nothing wrong with loving dogs. One does not preclude the other.

August 26, 2007 at 8:12 AM 
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