The Greatest Immorality of Our Time - Alex O’Connor (Speech)
In this phenomenal speech, Alex O'Connor leaves little doubt about what is the greatest immorality of our time. Anyone interested in ethics and philosophy needs to hear this speech.
When Alex O'Connor began his successful YouTube journey, he focused on Atheism and religious philosophy. Back then, he did not challenge his meat-eating habits. Like many of us, whenever a concern for the animals arose, he calmed it down by repeating to himself (and perhaps others) some justification that he did not attempt to challenge.
Confronting the greatest immorality
But then everything changed when he read the book Animal Liberation by philosopher Peter Singer. From then on, he began challenging his former justifications and quickly found they were superficial and untrue. Much like the misleading labels of "free-range" that suggest the hens are free on an open field when they are in a communal cage. These justifications and labels work for us because we want them to be true. Not because they are true.
Why do Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins refuse to touch the subject of veganism?
Among other interesting insights, Alex O'Connor shares his explanation for why ethical thinkers such as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins refuse to touch the subject of veganism despite being aware that their moral doctrine aligns with veganism by quoting the powerful words of Jonathan Safran Foer in his book "Eating Animals": "It's always possible to wake someone from sleep, but no amount of noise will wake someone who is pretending to be asleep."
All in all, this is yet another great talk from Alex O'Connor, who always seems to provide the right amount of knowledge from other thinkers in addition to original insights of his own. All in a fascinating and charismatic delivery. Very recommended!