Peter Singer is somebody I deeply respect, he is considered by many to be the initiator of the animal rights movement in the West. I find his application of logic to ascertain what the path to Dharma not just very refreshing but also very Hindu. There are many instances in the Mahabharata where Shri Krishna declares that we should not blindly follow the rest of society, but carefully consider the path of right action. At one point, he even states that one who adheres blindly to the truth is no better than a fool. He tells a story of a saint who through is adherence to truth, directed criminals to an innocent man, which they looted and murdered. He says how can this be the path to Dharma. In the context of the video below, Richard Dawkins accepts that it is only due to wilful blindness of current culture that he chooses to eat meat, not a decision based on Dharma or ethics. This conversation, and even the openness of Dawkins forced me to think about aspects of my own life, and aspects I can choose Dharma over <ahref=”http://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_the_dangers_of_willful_blindness” target=”_blank”>wilful blindness.
Peter Singer Discusses Vegetarianism And Morality With Richard Dawkins
This video was originally shared by The Noble Savage and covers topics of Vegetarianism, Slavery, and Morality in general.