I've written before about people who value animal life above human life, and how such people are completely insane. A guy I worked with 10 years ago told his co-workers once that if he had to choose between running over a dog and running over a person, he'd run over the person, provided he could be reasonably sure he'd get away with it. A woman I worked with eight years ago heard about a woman in an abusive relationship and she wanted to make sure that the woman's dog found safety. I believe I've even noted how my sister pointed out that, once when we took my baby and her dog for a walk, most of the people passing by ignored the baby and fawned over the dog. And I had an experience last year where I was in a room of 30 people who took turns introducing themselves, and two of us had kids and most of the rest had dogs, and the ones who mentioned their kids got no reaction but the ones who mentioned their dogs got excited follow-up questions about the dogs' names and ages.
Anyway, the world is nuts. You didn't need my blog post to tell you that. All just further evidence of my annihilism theory.
Last week I came up with this idea: get two cars and secretly air-condition them while parking them in the sun. In one is a baby, and in the other is a dog. Place hidden video cameras and see which situation gets the intervention of strangers first. Sociology GOLD, Jerry! GOLD!
Last night for Family Movie Night, we watched The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Two elements of the plot are related to this "animals are better than people" world-view. (Minor spoilers follow.) A pterodactyl flies off with the dog of the president of France. Care is taken to set the viewer at ease about the dog's safety. Later, the pterodactyl saves a condemned man from the guillotine and knocks the executioner into the guillotine in his place. Care is taken to make sure the viewer knows that the executioner is executed.
Two characters are threatened by random death. The animal escapes and the human does not. Perhaps the human is judged worthy of death because of his profession. If the movie were set in modern America, he'd be a tobacco lobbyist or a gun manufacturer. But whatever the reason, his humanity was seen as less worthy of preservation than the dog's caninity. That had to be preserved at all costs.