In other words, there is on one side the rich and" good "protectors animals, and on the other the poor and "wicked" torturers of animals?
Sandra Laugier : No! I would rather say that we are all torturers, since we all participate in this unequal civilization.
What may be surprising is that this sensitivity for the animal cause is expressed in a world of great violence. Is not this a way to hide one's face about the reality of our aggression?
Sandra Laugier : The world may become more and more violent, it will not prevent us from pampering our children or our animals. On the contrary, I think it is precisely because of this global violence and this general vulnerability that the desire to protect life is growing. care comes as a proposed relief in a situation of great fragility. Then, we can all agree that this is not enough, or that it can sometimes give us a good conscience, or that we should put in place forms of care more effective. Of course. Nevertheless, as soon as one is moved by the fate of others living, human or not, close or not, it interferes with the surrounding violence.
Can we go so far as to consider the rising attention for animals as a sign of a moral progress of man?
Sandra Laugier : I do not believe in the progress of man or humanity, but I believe in the progress of humans, in other words the responsibility of every human in becoming a little better. But yes, it is obvious that being more concerned about the most vulnerable is a way to become a better human being. Because these are the types of relationship we choose to have with others that define us morally. In this, this concern for animals is at the heart of moral perfectionism.
It's to say?
Sandra Laugier : What is a good person? How to improve myself in my relationships? Should we be vegetarian? You will find that this type of self-examination, which aims to develop an individual ethic, is part of our way of life today. But it is the basis of moral perfectionism. This tradition of moral philosophy, beautifully described by Pierre Hadot (author of What Antique Philosophy , Folio, "Essais", 1995), already existed in Antiquity, but it had then gave way to more rationalist, then utilitarian and liberal approaches. Until recent years.