Why do I feel more empathy towards animals that lack human characteristics?
Everyone's the other way around, dogs are their favorite animal, but I always found fish and bugs to be way cuter, even though I've been surrounded by more human animals my whole childhood. I could never bring myself to eat fish, even when it's a small impersonal cube of meat on a plate, it rubs me the wrong way to see my favorite animals dead on a tray of ice to be picked out like a head of lettuce because they "don't look like a human." I've never had a problem eating beef or chicken even though I grew up with cows and chickens around me, so why do I center on the less expressive animals when I should be conditioned otherwise?
- j153eLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Perhaps as a child growing up you incorporated the "utilitarian" or practical values of your parents re beef and chicken. And, as a child you also naturally emotionally and with compassion identified with '''the little guy," in your natural world the fish, the butterflies, lady bugs, and so on.
Understanding Yourself by Mark Prophet.
p.s. Empathy is a widely considered topic in philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/empathy/
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
thAT'S NOT A PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUE, IT'S A PSYCHOLOGICAL ONE. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE AND THEN GO ASK IN THE PSYCHOLOGY FORUM.Source(s): t