ME: So you eat fish but not delicious pig or cow?
GIRL: Fish are different. I don’t like the way farm animals are treated. It’s inhumane. Some animals have intelligence and emotions. Have you seen those big brown eyes on cows?
ME: Changing the subject for a sec… you’re very pro-choice right? You believe abortion should be legal.
GIRL: Of course.
ME: You don’t have a problem with third trimester fetuses getting torn limb from limb and sucked out of the womb?
GIRL: Ugh, why do you have to say that? Are you anti-abortion or something?
ME: Actually, no, I have no problem with abortion. But then I have no problem with killing and eating cow either.
A big reason abortion has such wide acceptance is because the disgust reflex isn’t triggered. The bloody affair takes place hidden behind closed flesh, so to speak. If the womb were transparent, I doubt legal justification for abortion beyond the first trimester would exist.
A true sadist embraces cruelty even when, maybe especially when, he can witness the tortured writhings of his victim. Ever see video footage of a guy about to jump off a building? Some people in the crowd below will yell “Jump!” as the poor guy stands high above them, lonely on the ledge, contemplating a suicidal leap. Would you yell “Jump!” if you could clearly see that man’s face, etched with pain and sadness?