Human thought tends to proceed logically. Natures follows no such guidelines.
Interesting arbitrary line that you draw between nature and human beings. Aren't human beings a part of nature? If so, then at least some part of nature "tends to proceed logically."
Human thought tends to proceed logically. Natures follows no such guidelines. Our live and actions and existence is meaningless. We create meaning for ourselves. We create morals and ethics and they tend to to change as society progresses.
You do know that you are arguing my point for me--which was that how we view all of this depends upon where we draw the lines. Unless you are going to posit the existence of a deity who reveals ideals and meaning as objectively real or Plato's world of forms, all meaning (which includes the meaning of words such as "respect") is arbitrary.
The only thing that distinguishes anything from anything is an arbitrary drawing of lines to distinguish one thing from another, one idea from another, one belief from another. Using your point that meaning does not exists, we can conclude that fairness does not exists, neither does respect, nor rights.
It means respect that beings right to exist, therefore, if you have no need to kill the animal, don't. Respect its right to live.
Is filled with arbitrary subjective statements. It makes sense (has meaning to you) because you have drawn the lines (delineated) as to what all those things mean.
That being said, I think some of my arbitrary meanings which I associate with those symbolic markings (words) on my screen are in agreement with some of your arbitrary meanings for those markings. (I'd use a winky emoticon right here, but I just can't bring myself to do it.)
A culture is a general sharing of where we all draw the arbitrary lines--even as we consider redrawing them.
Enjoy your meeting.