Factory Farming Documentary

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After watching an interesting documentary about factory farming, I learned so much about its unhealthy and abusive practices towards animals. The film was highly critical of the process of factory farming and provided relevant information about how the process as a whole was exploiting animals. This film had a serious impact on me and a result, I decided to stop eating meat and follow a vegetarian diet. This new lifestyle change was working pretty well, it made me feel good about myself as I believed that I was doing a good deed. Three months later however, on a trip to Philadelphia with my family, we made a pit stop at Pat’s King of Steaks and I couldn’t resist the temptation of a well-cooked stake with a side of mashed potato and gravy and …show more content…
Most people think that “while knowledge is often present in man, what rules him is not knowledge, but rather anything else- sometimes anger, sometimes pleasure, sometimes pain, at other times love, often fear…” (352b). An individual may be knowledgeable and have opinions about certain things, however, in specific situations, knowledge can be taken over by emotions of pleasure. Emotions play a significant role in determining what human beings desire, and therefore one’s belief that is shaped by knowledge may be corrupted by desire. Consequently, in the example provided above, my knowledge about factory farming made me believe that not eating meat was the best thing to do, therefore I stopped eating it. However, on my trip to Philadelphia, my belief was taken over by my desire to eat the steak. The thought of that perfectly cooked piece of meat impacted my emotions that in turn made me believe that in that moment what I was doing, was best thing to do and therefore I ate the …show more content…
According to Socrates, my action of eating meat was because in that situation, I believed that that was the best thing to do. Consequently, according to Plato, my action was determined as a result of the three aspects of my soul. Both views are contrasting, however they allow us to understand the impact of the soul on our actions and how pleasure overcomes belief that makes us to do what we think is best. I feel more persuaded by Plato’s explanation of the soul as a result of my own experience. Human nature is characterized by ways of knowing and Plato’s view elaborates this idea about how our emotions are aroused from the functioning of the three elements of the

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