Birnbaum v. Joyce Carol Oates

Posted by Lizzie on 02/03/05

We’ve been wearing our WWJCOD? bracelet for aeons now. Well, finally, we know:

I’m not sure. Most people would choose to behave in an ethical and good way if they knew what the options were. But their lives are so hemmed in by compromises. For instance, every time we eat something, especially if it’s chicken or veal or something, we are buying into a consumer culture in which the animals have been grossly mistreated. And yet most of us are not going to be thinking about that all the time and then each day we have so many things to think about; when we reach for something in the grocery store you can’t be thinking, “Where did this come from? What were the circumstances?” Some people do but most people don’t have time for that. And so that’s what I mean by the moral compromises. Some of my students are vegetarians. I am not a vegetarian. I don’t eat red meat, but I am not a vegetarian. And there are lots of really strong moral arguments.

We keep meat. Thank JCO.

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