Dr. Charles Krauthammer on circus elephants, eating meat, and moral choices

“One measure of human moral progress-amid and despite the savageries we visit upon each other-is how we treat the innocent in our care. ” Charles Krauthammer

Dr. Krauthammer writes for  for The Washington Post and his essays are “a kind of exotic indulgence” to use his own phrase. He uses words the way Andrea Bocelli uses songs, or B.B. King used a guitar- all masters of their craft.

Most of his pieces are serious and somber,  understandable considering that he tackles such dark subjects as terrorism, war, government corruption, and social injustice. But occasionally he takes a lighter approach to subjects which are important on a different level.

Free Willy!

Such is this piece in which he predicts the demise of meat-eating, most likely for economic reasons. But  medical studies do suggest vegetarian diets are  healthier,  may lower the risk of colon cancer, and may promote  weight loss better than other diets.

fresh vegetables-lettuce, tomatoes, radishes
Will we stop eating meat?

This article may make you laugh, applaud, growl, or  just dismiss the whole thing as irrelevant. But might we all agree on one point?

“One measure of human moral progress-amid and despite the savageries we visit upon each other-is how we treat the innocent in our care. ” 

Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Asian elephants entertaining tourists in Thailand
Asian elephants entertaining tourists in Thailand

 

Another post about Dr. Krauthammer-

exploring the HEART of health with Charles Krauthammer

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