La Corrida – Francis Cabrel

This song is amazing. Not only is it melodically beautiful but its words and meaning are even more captivating.

In ‘La Corrida’ the French singer Francis Cabrel talks about being in a corrida from a bull’s perspective. The words create a real impact on me. As the song unravels I feel more and more sympathetic and upset about how much suffering and confusion a bull must go through during such event.

I don’t think that I would be entitled to make a judgment on whether it is ‘good or bad’ to have corridas as I’ve never actually seen one. I’d like to place a comment about it though. Here’s a question for you all to think about: to what extent does our culture/background influences our ethical judgments (or more precisely what we perceive as morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’).

I personally believe that having a corrida is morally wrong. I base this judgment on:
1) Emotion – as I am emotionally disgusted by animal torture.
2) Logical reasoning – inductive reasoning.

I cannot avoid the fact that such judgment is clearly influenced by my culture and the way I grew up which has framed my mind. For example, I grew up in France and Australia where never in my life did I go to an event like a corrida for pure enjoyment. However, I have done things which another person might not see as ‘morally acceptable’ – for example eaten frogs.

What is interesting though is that there are so many different cultures in the world which all have very different perspectives regarding the treatment of animals. Ethical relativism argues that there is no such thing as ‘right and wrong’ outside the values of the particular individual or society. Furthermore, ethical absolutism argues that one cannot apply the concepts of ‘right or wrong’ universally.

I tend to agree with the idea of ethical relativism. In particular, I agree with the philosophy of cultural relativism, which is the notion that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment. It is difficult to create international moral standards or moral code of conduct but it is even more difficult for them to be respected because of culture bias. In order to make the most justifiable moral decision, one must be able to put aside culture bias as we have seen that does it does and has affected people’s moral decisions.

There you go, just a thought from me on a Friday evening!


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