Forgive the King James language in the title. I suppose I’m attempting to appeal to a sense of antiquity.
Q. What do many vegetarians, many reformed religionists, and most supporters of the homosexual agenda have in common?
A. They often seem to assume that their supposedly evolved way is the right way, and they look down their noses at others condescendingly.
Today, I’m talking only about the vegetarians. (This may be a dumb choice. This group is probably just as invested in their system and just as likely to strike back!)
Now, there’s no question that our generation deals with many food-supply issues. We have contaminated things with preservatives and forced farmers out of business in multiple ways. Those farms that persist are essentially forced to subsist through artificial processes and substances. It’s difficult to produce enough to make money, so the foods are corrupted by pesticides and genetic modification. Because of our messed-up system, many are influenced to reject dairy or meat whole-hog (!).
As with so many causes and life-patterns, though, balance is key, and extremes are ill-advised. The vegetarian way is not evolved and superior; it is rather a response to degeneration in the food supply — a devolution or retrograde evolution of a food system, created at the beginning, that has gone somewhat awry.
Here are three reasons, yea, four (no, five), not to be a vegetarian:
- We didn’t get to the top of the food chain that way.
- You have friends that joined PETA, and then you can’t bear to tell them it really stands for People Eating Tasty Animals.
- You aren’t really loving animals if you eat all their vegetables. 🙂
- From the beginning, it hath not been so. (I’m not even going to Genesis here, but I could.) Animals have always been eaten, by various species; the existence of natural selection indicates that eating other animal species is a systemic norm.
- Granted, there have been a lot of bad practices in the food processing industries — abhorrent ones, even. The U.S. government appears to lag many other developed countries’ governments in a) requiring appropriate labeling in some instances, and b) eliminating additives and growth-inducing hormones in animal farming. But the existence of bad meat and bad practices doesn’t mean that we aren’t supposed to eat meat. (It might mean we aren’t supposed to eat most readily available meat.)
[Okay, you can ignore #2 and #3 — those were just inserted for fun. ]
For some, vegetarianism is the advisable way at present. But it’s not the only way, or even the best way today.
The problem is not with the idea of meat or milk (or honey, or any other animal product). The problem is with some of the current states-of-affairs in the industries that produce them. In some cases, the government has created or sustained the problems. It’s a sick system, but there are ways around it. Although, at first blush, it appears health-conscious to avoid problems by rejecting certain food groups, that doesn’t seem wise in the long run, because humans have been eating and drinking animal products from time immemorial.
What we need to do is clean up the systems, and in the meantime, find high-quality, incorrupt sources of these foods. (They do exist.) We also need not to worry so much about eating a little junk here & there — as long as cheese curls, carbonated soda, and rubbery, genetically modified chicken aren’t the bulk of our diets.
So … eat rutabagas and red beans, and eat rabbit. Eat beets (on second thought, skip the beets . . . beets are gross) and Brussels sprouts and grass-fed beef. Eat celery and cauliflower and farm-raised (organic, if you can afford it) chicken. Definitely eat tomatoes and tilapia and tuna. Eat it all — in moderation, in balance, and with gratitude.