Dharmist in Progress

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~ Einstein

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

on January 1, 2013

A few days ago, I had a very long and drawn out argument.  I tend to avoid such things, because they stress me out, but I really could not let this one go.

It was, essentially, about whether or not vegetarians should act respectfully toward meat-eaters.

No matter how much I think of sweet little piggies and cows being slaughtered, it’s still against my nature and my beliefs to treat someone differently due to their lifestyle choices.

This person argued that it isn’t a lifestyle choice when death is involved.

I don’t know the point in human development when an omnivorous diet was introduced.  I’m assuming there was some sort of scavenging period before we became hunter-gatherers, and then meat consumption on a larger scale began when we domesticated animals. Fast forward to the settlement of America, and you have people with cows and not much else.

It absolutely makes sense to me how people began eating meat.  It was necessity.  But it has gotten rather out of hand.  I’m sure nearly anyone can admit that meat at every meal is excessive.

Anyway, I digress.

My cats eat meat.  Not only do they eat meat; they tend to run off and kill adorable furry things.  I don’t blame my cats.  It’s in their instincts, and it’s how their mothers raised them.  And so, if I don’t blame my cats for killing adorable furry things because they grew up that way, how can I blame my human family in the same situation?

Some would argue that they know better, and have an overwhelming amount of information against them.  That same argument has been used countless times in the history of the world (see: slavery, segregation, trickle-down economics).  Basically, people aren’t going to change until they’re quite ready to do so.

I am firmly against degrading people for their choices.  If you believe in the kind treatment of animals, you should believe in the kind treatment of humans.  Simple as that.

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Gandhi.

Kill them with kindness, ladies and gentlemen.  The more you push your opinions, the more people will rebel like teenage girls with blue hair and tongue piercings.  Lead by example, without looking back, and hope that others follow.

Namaste.

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