I never initiate discussions about the eating or not eating of the meat. Never. Nor do I participate in these discussions. Unless asked very direct questions.
Despite this, it is a frequent topic of discussion in the lunch room. Apparently the meat eaters need to confirm among themselves that they’re doing the right thing eating meat. Ooorrr….?
During the most recent discussion one meat eater presented this fantastic argument:
We need to eat meat in this specific part of the world because what if import of greens was cut off. Then we’d have to eat meat. It is the reason we eat meat.
I have a few objections.
Is this the current reality? Are we no longer importing fruit and vegetables? If no, then do you think we should live as if we’re living in a different world? One that doesn’t correspond to our reality? Does this make sense to you???
If the reason we eat meat is because we live far up north, then people in the south would not eat meat. Now tell me, is this the case..?
If import is cut off, where would the food for the animals come from? Oh Sweden you say? Would it perhaps be a better use of resources to just cut out the middle man? Straight to our plate rather than one looong detour? No? No, no, that would make too much sense, to be sure.
Arguing with meat eaters is a lot like arguing with antifeminists; it’s pointless, because their world does not seem to resemble the world we live in. The world is round, but you’re arguing as if it’s flat…
I mean fucking eat meat if you must, but don’t try to pretend that it makes sense. It clearly doesn’t.
Never mind the fact that it is unethical, no matter how you look at it.
Are you sure people should even be living this far north? If our “natural” state is to eat meat, then our “natural” state should be to live where it’s warmer, where we don’t need houses and technology. So let’s pack it up and leave, shall we? And let’s just abandon all this technology business; it’s clearly not something the human was made for, in the beginning. That is what you’re arguing right? That we should live like cavemen because that’s how God made us? Never develop?
This obsession with justifying your choice to eat meat. Who are you really trying to convince? I’m the only vegan here, I don’t question your choices (even if I should). This only leads me to believe you’re really trying to convince…yourself?
Strikes me as a waste of time.
Maybe next time. Next time I’ll just pat this poor dear on the back and assure her it’s OK to not eat meat. Enjoyable in fact. Lots of green.
Yes. She probably needs that. Silly me. Should have known.