Jonathan Swift wrote:So, naturalists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
John Donne wrote:MARK but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is ;
It suck'd me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be.
Thou know'st that this cannot be said
A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead ;
Yet this enjoys before it woo,
And pamper'd swells with one blood made of two ;
And this, alas ! is more than we would do.
O stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, yea, more than married are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed, and marriage temple is.
Though parents grudge, and you, we're met,
And cloister'd in these living walls of jet.
Though use make you apt to kill me,
Let not to that self-murder added be,
And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.
Cruel and sudden, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence?
Wherein could this flea guilty be,
Except in that drop which it suck'd from thee?
Yet thou triumph'st, and say'st that thou
Find'st not thyself nor me the weaker now.
'Tis true ; then learn how false fears be ;
Just so much honour, when thou yield'st to me,
Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee
muchluv wrote:Sam finds a cat. Sam has no personal connection to the cat, it is a stray. Sam owns no cats (in regards communal health). The cat has fleas. Sam has a flea tablet. Should Sam give the flea tablet to the cat? Yes/No?
If yes then, he should kill 30 fleas (in other words 30 animals) in order to protect one animal. Why?
Linnéa76 wrote:So I guess I do think there’s a hierarchy of emotional capacity and I don’t believe it’s entirely arbitrary. Defleeing a cat would not be a moral dilemma for me.
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