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Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal is unreasonable for obvious reasons It is exorbitant It is preposterous It is monstrous for god sakes Yes just the thought of consuming human flesh is enough to make the average Joes stomach churn with disgust The idea of stewing roasting baking boiling fricasseeing an infant may very well seem asinine at a glance and though it is quite devoid of all morals the logic in it is much too staggering to be overlooked Swift clearly lays out no less than six reasons for advocating cannibalism Eating children could very well rid us of our enemies because under normal circumstances we would consume humans we dislike over those we preferred Remaining people would be wealthier now having valuable merchandise to barter rent sell or ingest in times of need The economy would undoubtedly benefit from the removal of the burdensome lower class that only exploits those who work for a living not to mention the saved expenses that would otherwise be incurred during the standard upbringing of a child Marriage would be encouraged by the financial gain it could provide Family violence would decrease because parents would view their offspring as a commodity instead of an albatross While the authors reasoning is unmistakably logical the question of ethics comes in to play Enemies would indeed be eliminated but who decides which enemies to sacrifice Everyone essentially has at least one rivaling race culture or creed and since all of them have the capacity to be correct it would be unjust for any one group to decide to start butchering another for sustenance Placing a value on human life for the financial benefit of other people is another issue that falls back to morals A market for human flesh could very well benefit individuals and the economy as a whole but behind that flesh is a life possibly a soul that would be lost As we generally view it today the
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