What’s the Meaning of the Word “Life”?

4 12 2010

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8 12 2010
JJ

What about “The Living Channel” airing the politically motivated murder and carving up of a majestic American animal in the wild by a “pro-life” celebrity? Aaron Sorkin calls it out with some very tough language:

[S]he hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, broadcast on The-Now-Hilariously-Titled Living Channel.

I eat meat, chicken and fish, have shoes and furniture made of leather, and PETA is not ever going to put me on the cover of their brochure and for these reasons Palin thinks it’s hypocritical of me to find what she did heart-stoppingly disgusting. I don’t think it is, and here’s why.

Like 95% of the people I know, I don’t have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don’t relish the idea of torturing animals. I don’t enjoy the fact that they’re dead and I certainly don’t want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn’t do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart.

I’m able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing.

. . .And you didn’t just do it for fun and you didn’t just do it for money. That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain. You knew there’d be a protest from PETA and you knew that would be an opportunity to hate on some people . . .

So. What’s in the word “life” when it comes to humans creating it, caring for it, fighting over it, making it count, taking it, losing it? Elizabeth Edwards was a mother and politically influential but surely life to her had different meaning than to Sarah Palin?

Life’s not always fair.
. . .”She represented the primal force of a woman who was outspoken, intelligent and maternal. We wanted her to transcend. Her life story had much to teach us about personal empowerment in the face of adversity . . .

“She continued to advocate for the poor and showed us that it’s not how many years one has left to live that matters, but the life one puts into those years.”

And remember Cindy Sheehan, whose son like Palin’s enlisted and fought overseas but like Edwards’ son, lost his life in its prime. Has Sarah Palin’s life ever known such real human suffering and loss of life? The current president and vice-president both famously lost loved ones; it changes you forever. I know. Losing the life of one’s beloved parent, child or life partner gives depths of meaning to “life” that Palin seems unwittingly (idiotically!) to parody.

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