|All Photo by Ned Harris, 8/31/2013|
I like etymology more than entomology, truth be told; so I looked up the etymology of the word 'butterfly.' This article gives us the scoop. Butterflies were thought to be disguised witches, out to steal cream/butter.
We laugh at this, but:
It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our fathers freed themselves.
It is more difficult to distance ourselves from our own views, so that we can dispassionately search for prejudices among the beliefs and values we hold.
Peter Singer, Practical Ethics