Before I respond, I will emfisize that no God or religion has a roll in my argument. I'm driven by concerns about this nations sanity, heritage, and our future with unintended consequences, generated by our actions, dictated by our passion, reather than common sense.
I suppose if you look at the wider spectrum of the world we live in, trough "analogue view" (more fluid, random, not in order), than every occurrence, accident, event, no matter how rare, would seem normal. However, if we, I call it, "digitize" our view on it (square it up, put in order, organize, give it a name and a logic) - we can say: ooh, that's not normal - very rare, defies the logic.
Therefore, let's work on your example of eating. Im going to put all the pieces of the puzzle (elements you brought up) on a worktable, and try to organize to some shape... from the beginning... As we evolved, we developed sense of smell, taste, hunger etc. (for those, who believe only in creation, let say God give it to us). These are our eating stimulants. The purpose of these stimulants
is for us to consume food, to eat. But, the purpose of eating
, is ONLY our own survival, continuation. And that's exactly where we disagree.
It is important here to mention, that science already distinguished higher and lower purpose of eating and having sex, where the higher purpose is the existence, and lower purpose (do not mistaken with THE purpose!), is to satisfy our hunger, pleasure of eating, sex drive, etc.
One can argue that if asking average person why he eats or why he has sex, the answer will not be "to support mine, and human existence", but reather: "because I'm hungry and because I'm horny". You will always receive the answer of lower purpose and not "the" purpose.
In some African countries it's a custom for a grotesque, horible woman scaring (sorry I can't describe it). They consider that as very normal, and if you argue with them, they would think you are from a different planet. Do we want to be like them? Majority is not always right.
I think what we are doing, is greasing squicky wheel. And what I'm afraid is, that's setting a bad precedent. "Givem, givem, cuz there's lots of them and they won't vote for us!" is NOT the impulse we should act on. Sorry.
So what I'm saying is, let's don't let any group of people that just coming out of closet to manipulate the system to their advantage. Let's keep our sanity in check, please! Let's be equally balanced nation. Let's not swey from one extreme to another; first racism against blacks, now reverse racism, blacks on whites; first picking on gays, now gays discriminating about rest of us, demanding special privileges... How about no racism, no discrimination, no prefered treatment, no affirmative action or any of this silliness.
Yet, I'm very VERY greatfull for our discussion Frank. My apology for possible grammar errors. My wife (American) is not here to correct it. She is in Honk Kong.
You really made me hungry talking about all this delicious food you ate.