Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Bit off topic with the imprisonment of people, but here is my two cents. I think many, if not most, people are "imprisoned" by society and they seem to go along with it somewhat contently. Many people would like to go on holidays but they cannot afford to, instead they have to work to live/feed their family/finance their lifestyle. The conditions of society imprison these people. It doesn't happen to everyone but if you really take a good look around you I think you are surprised by how many people are a slave to their lifestyle/society. I'm not saying its a bad thing, it just is.
Theoretically these people could just up and leave pretty easily, but the majority of them would not be mentally capable of removing themselves from their sub-culture/community/whatever. Theoretically a horse could jump a fence and leave, almost any horse is capable of doing that, especially when you take into consideration open gates etc. But mentally they are bound to their herd, their land, their safety, their routine. Sure physical barriers keep them in but these aren't really that different from the cultural barriers that contain the rest of society.
I look around me and I see so many people enslaved by the choices they make, everything looks peachy on the outside, but you look closer and see a complex web that people create. People are afraid to leave their safe world, and I think its like horses. Sure the thinking isn't as complex, but a horse won't usually leave its home property, its herd, because it's afraid, it knows its not safe. Very few "prey" animals will. Even most predators don't.
Freedom is a rather shady concept, because its not just walls or fences that imprison people. If you look at horses, you could consider their main driving forces are food, herd and basic safety (survival). We give horses these things (well most people do). While we can not know if they are "happy" as mentioned earlier, as their basic and primary needs are met we can assume that are "content", at least as much as a horse can be.
On eggs: Egg industry can be pretty horrific. I don't preach vegetarianism, or try not to, but I have called a few friends out on buying non-freerange eggs, mainly those who claim to be "animal lovers". Its a small choice that I think makes a big difference. Five years ago there would only be one free range egg brand in the supermarket, now half the section is filled with them, and I think almost a majority of people buy free range. I actually don't have a moral problem with eggs, like the people who have their own chickens who run around and are happy. My dad and his gf have some and they fuss over them like nothing else. Saying that though I really, really don't like chickens. People think because I don't eat animals I love them all, and while I don't despise them I really don't like chickens or cows. Chickens have creepy legs and beaks, and cows are just weird. Like someone tried to created a horse and totally screwed up. Still, I wouldn't wish either species harm.
Last edited by Saskia; 11-14-2011 at 09:36 PM.