Often when considering the origins of the universe, we have to contend with the question: What caused the Big Bang? On the face of it, it’s a good question. It is, however, somewhat misleading.
Living ethically has become increasingly important to me over the last few years and I realised some time during early Summer 2011 that eating meat didn’t sit quite rightly with me, once I’d begun to attempt to determine a coherent model for ethical behaviour. I wrote the following excerpt in my diary on January 10th 2012 briefly summarising my reasons, quoted here (with minor amendments) to save covering the same ground twice:
Written at a time shortly after I discovered that very few traditional reasons for existence could be rationally justified. Two years on and having built a more robust existential foundation, my thoughts on this subject have evolved somewhat, though this essay continues to represent an important point in the progression of my philosophical views.