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Philosophy

Posted by Jacob Shwartz-Lucas on

“We should prevent unnecessary suffering and death.” These seven words might just encapsulate the most widely shared value among humanity. Indeed, if we were to specify the meaning of the terms “being humane” and “being true to our humanity”, it seems undeniable that, at the very least, they entail acting in accordance with this core principle. Yet what does it mean, in practical terms, to do so? What does it mean to put the precept “avoid causing unnecessary suffering and death” into practice? This is by no means a trivial question to answer, one reason being that it is often unclear what might reasonably count as a necessary reason for causing suffering and death. Yet we nonetheless can provide at least some answers, as we...

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Jake's Story: Small Steps to a Better World

Posted by Jacob Shwartz-Lucas on

It’s easy when people seek moral perfection to feel bitter and discouraged by the lack of progress in the world, but it shouldn't be about perfection. If we focus on doing little things like opting for that non-leather belt, we are sowing the seeds to a future self who is more loving and compassionate, not only to others but ourselves. And even if we don’t notice it, these simple acts of kindness touch the hearts and minds of people we will never meet, people who might think that compassion for animals is silly and idealistic, people who might mistake kindness for...

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