Monday, March 23, 2009
Supply and Demand
Recently there was an advertisement for a couple of pure breed puppies, and a reader commented about the absurd price for these furry companions as a few grand for one pup is considered a bargain. It lends one to think about human’s obsession with commodity and possession, and the innate instinct to own and conquer. We put a price on life, not just animal life but human life as well, or in particular. When we advertise a pure breed in a magazine, aren’t we catering for a market of supply and demand? We are succinctly saying that this living being is worth x amount and as such it borders on this superiority complex humans constantly exhibit. While it is easy to say that this is exploitation, we have to consider the fact that we all to buy into it.