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Situational Ethics

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Reading this morning these opening words in a report at Yahoo Sports — “Wimbledon came under fire from animal activists on Tuesday for using  marksmen to shoot down dive-bombing pigeons [2]” — reminds me yet again that our society is extraordinarily wealthy.  That ordinary people are sufficiently and securely fed, clothed, shod, and sheltered to enable some of them to devote substantial stores of their emotional energies to the care of pigeons is a sure sign of deep and widespread prosperity.

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