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Editorial: Ethics Is Not Enough; The Logic Of Appropriateness

Scott S. Cohen | August 31, 2004

My son has proved for me the theory of evolution. He’s basically a barbarian with a cuter haircut. Never is that more apparent than when he’s eating.

Fingers in his food. Mouth packed with Cheerios. Spoon banging on the tray. Snout submerged in his bowl. Hands wiped on his shirt. Face encrusted. The floor coated. It’s a sight to see. (My daughters, by the way, eat like queens ... I’m not quite sure how that happens.)

Anyway, my son is essentially an animal in socks. Now, he’s not even 2 years old yet, so I have to remind myself to cut him some slack; however, I must say that the amount of relentless conditioning that it’s taking to get him to eat like a human being is truly staggering.

Of course, my parents tell me that it wasn’t until I was 4 that I...

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