"Dreams of the far future destiny of man were dragging up from its shallows and unquiet grave the old dream of Man as God. The very experiences of the dissecting room and the pathological laboratory were breeding a conviction that the stifling of all deep-set repugnances was the first essential of progress."
- That Hideous Strength pg. 203
I like this quote for two reasons. The first is the same reason I would recommend this book to people. The premise of this science fiction novel is a struggle between science and morality. Let me just say that I do not think science in itself is evil. I am alive today, because of medical progress. However, scientists today are trying to play God. They spend so much money and time on things like ED medicine that does nothing to further humanity. All the while conducting cruel tests on animals (usually). Not to mention the others evils such as cloning, embryonic stem cell research, human/animal hybrids and so on. There is such a great need for ethical scientists today. Where have they all gone?
The second gem of wisdom in this quote is that cruelty to animals deadens human's senses. It is the starting point at which people move on to violence towards fellow humans. Furthermore, a large majority of role models were kind to animals. Take for example, St. Francis or William Wilberforce, who both fought to make slavery illegal in England and also founded the first SPCA.
For more information on why we should not support animal testing please visit this website:
http://veganpeace.com/animal_cruelty/animal_testing.htm (warning: graphic pictures)