“Since pain is a totally subjective mental experience, we do not have direct access to anyone or anything’s pain but our own.”
The quote, loaned from David Foster Wallace’s August 2004 essay for Gourmet magazine titled Consider the Lobster, is in reference to the boiling procedure associated with cooking a lobster. Rubber-banded crustaceans make the live dive from the belly of household kitchens into a boiling pot, whereby they rattle and clang within the interiors of a banked sauna until they don’t. The transition, from sentient creature to clinging to the metal interiors of a boiling pot, leaves a particularly nasty moral impression, if only because the passage – from life to death – is done within such familiar confines, all by y/our own hands. Pain, in some form, is being inflicted.
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