“Worst of all from this point of view are those more uncivilized forms of eating, like licking an ice cream cone — a catlike activity that has been made acceptable in informal America but that still offends those who know eating in public is offensive.
“I fear I may by this remark lose the sympathy of many readers, people who will condescendingly regard as quaint or even priggish the view that eating in the street is for dogs. […] This doglike feeding, if one must engage in it, ought to be kept from public view, where, even if WE feel no shame, others are compelled to witness our shameful behavior.” - Leon Cass - Chair, President’s Council on Bioethics
People think PETA is weird, but at least they have a point. Ice cream for heaven’s sake. Is there anything more wholesomely uplifting than hanging around the local hand-made ice cream parlor eating ice cream and watching the people and kids around you enjoying that moment when all the world collapses down to the rays of the summer sun, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of laughter and the lick of an ice cream cone? Ye gods, what are we fighting the terrorists for anyhow?Posted by James at March 22, 2004 2:12 AM