Quality over quantity. But Americans often have trouble with this way of looking at life. In the land of "Bigger is Better!", all you can eat buffets, and runaway obesity, quality takes a back seat to quantity. Stupid slogans like "Stay Hungry!", "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," and "It's Never Enough!" abound, while anti-depressants sell like hotcakes and abuse of prescription pain killers floods this sad land.
On a recent episode of AC360, Anderson Cooper and his guest, Jack Hanna expressed their outrage over the recent killing of a healthy young giraffe by the directors of a Danish zoo. The case received considerable attention in world media for a few days. The piece was a textbook example of the kind of silliness that results in working from unfounded, unexamined assumptions. While Cooper and Hanna fumed, the Danish zoo director patiently explained—as if speaking to children—that the ethics of European zoos were more oriented toward the quality of the animal's life, while it lived, than to the length of its life.