Ahhh. The phenomenal and frequently asked question. ‘If you don’t eat meat? Then, like, what do you eat?’
Food? That didn’t lose their life for me.
Firstly. I actually hate the massive conversation I seem to always have, as to why I CHOSE to be a vegetarian. Especially when I have never said “Hey! Why do you eat meat when their is an abundance of other food sources?” I don’t know what your supermarket looks like, but in mine we have this huge area for fruits and vegetables and over a dozen aisles of other foods that weren’t once enjoying their life… Since when does what I choose to put in my mouth effect anybody else?
Then the questions that follow, but what if theirs only chickens left on earth and you would die if you didn’t eat it? Lets get this straight am I the only human left? If I am I probably wouldn’t want to be here anyways. If that’s the case, I probably have to kill the chickens too? No. I am out. I would die. This unlikely situation will most likely never happen, just like all your other hypothetical questions your eager to ask.
Please.. Ask a smart question, like “Oh, why did you eat meat in the first place?”
So I can tell you, ‘because I didn’t know better. I didn’t know what I do now. What I continue to learn. The more compassion we have for this world and what roams it, the better earth shall be. I want to be better,’ and if this is a simple change that I can make for the world to be better. Then count me in. I had grown up oblivious to what was really on my plate.
Give yourself a chance, if only to learn. Gain understanding.
Secondly. I’m not walking around with ‘vegetarian’ on my forehead. I don’t like to put myself into the vegetarian box. Because, I don’t know what the fine line print is of being a vegetarian. My decision was and is, I don’t want to eat animals, I don’t want to indulge in a life that was sacrificed for my satisfaction. I will not. in the beginning I didn’t realize certain lollies contain gelatin. That wasn’t vegetarian of me was it, to those people that want to criticize me. The same people that wonder, then why are you not vegan? I simply was once again oblivious, I gained knowledge and excused those lollies from my diet.
I am not telling any body to stop eating meat, you do you and I will do me. I am asking that we become more conscious of our choices. Even if, that is as simple as putting your rubbish in the bin. Where it belongs. Using less water. Smiling at strangers. The smallest of actions, will make this world better. If we all try to be better, then this world will be a better place. It costs absolutely nothing.
I used to love chicken nuggets, now I simply cannot look at chicken nuggets as food, (unless its soy nuggets, then pass them over here please haha.) We as humans are consistently changing, look at how far the world has come with accepting all races, equality in the work place and praise the lord as marriage equality is being more accepted. Just like not eating meat, there is now a huge range of ‘alternatives’ for vegetarians across Australia, United States, Canada. This change probably wasn’t as easy for your parents or your grandparents. But, for us, now, we have these options available.
I believe I am equal to all other existences.