A Short Rant on Vegetarianism

veg·e·tar·i·an
ˌvejəˈterēən/
noun
noun: vegetarian; plural noun: vegetarians
  1. 1.
    a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.
meat
mēt/
noun
noun: meat; plural noun: meats
  1. 1.
    the flesh of an animal as food.
an·i·mal
ˈanəməl/
noun
noun: animal; plural noun: animals
  1. 1.
    a living organism that feeds on organic matter, typically having specialized sense organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.
fish
fiSH/
noun
noun: fish; plural noun: fish; plural noun: fishes
  1. 1.
    a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water.

Bearing the preceding string of definitions in mind, can anyone explain to me why people continue to ask vegetarians why we don’t eat fish? Yeah, I get it, “fish is seafood” but they are animals.  I have actually had to explain to some folks that the whole purpose of being a vegetarian is to not eat animals. I am not writing this post to put vegetarians on a pedestal or to denounce meat-eating in any way. I just never cease to be baffled as to the source of the cognitive dissonance about vegetarians eating fish.

 

Aham Brahmasmi
Tat Tvamasi Aum.

 

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4 Responses to A Short Rant on Vegetarianism

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I’ve never come across someone who thought fish were part of the vegetarian diet. You guys got some real weirdos up north. 🙂

    What I HAVE experienced is the repeated asking of what I’m “allowed” to eat.

    • treadmarkz says:

      Seriously, I get this very often. Enough that I was concerned enough to post about it. What are you “allowed” to eat?

      • Dhrishti says:

        Yeah…. usually only from rednecks / hicks, too. Around here, “city folk” understand that there are different walks of life and different approaches to those walks, so once you make it known that you won’t be eating flesh it’s pretty well respected. The others I mentioned, though, almost invariably respond as those there’s a rule book or old man somewhere telling us what we are allowed and not allowed to eat.

      • treadmarkz says:

        Y’ever have to explain that you like meat, you just don’t eat it? Baffles people.

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