Top Five Vegetarian Comments
It's a hard knock life for us...
Of course, these are a few of the comments that I've received over the years of being a vegetarian and perhaps reflect the place where I live – it may be different in your part of the world but where I am, declaring yourself vegetarian is tantamount to saying you beat up your ninety year old aunty on Sundays – it's much more respectable to munch on a dead pig.
Let me assure you that this is not a rant, it's merely a few of the observations that I've made over time and the last thing I want to do is widen the divide between the meat eating world and non-meat eating world - but just allow me to give you a glimpse into the world of a lone vegetarian. Here for you are the five most common comments I've heard, and how, I find, is the best way to handle them...
1. Vegetarians? They eat rabbit food!
This is an interesting comment, especially interesting because there are obviously some pretty advanced rabbits around cooking up rice and sauces with numerous spices – I've yet to meet them and in all truth my rabbit has never cooked ratatouille or aloo gobi or anything similar but you never know, she may surprise me one day.
2. I've just eaten a nice, juicy steak, all dripping with blood!
This is quite a popular one and far be it from me to make sweeping statements but it tends to come from the male sex. If you're female (as I'm told I am) you're supposed to cry at that one or at least squeeze out a tear - it's only fair. Admittedly, it's hard to manage even a moist eyelash, firstly because you were probably an avid meat eater yourself once upon a time, and secondly because, according to your own beliefs meat just fills you with negative energy and therefore the person saying this looks a bit of a dingbat. But I mean that in a nice way of course.
3. Man is a carnivore – we need meat to survive.
This is another interesting one – especially as we're omnivores. Anyway, whatever 'ore' we are, it's not going to make much difference to the person saying this – you could try telling him about the numerous theories that say we should never have started eating meat in the first place, that omnivores have a choice whether to eat meat or not...but I can tell you now – you're wasting your breath.
4. What on earth can you eat if you don't eat meat?!
Ah, now this one is a difficult one – mainly because you don't know where to begin with citing all the millions of recipes, etc. Just tell him 'rabbit food' – it saves time.
5. We need meat because the doctors tell us so.
Don't laugh at this one – it might hurt his feelings. He obviously has faith in doctors so let him go on that way. That the majority of them just repeat what has been drilled into them or if they did advocate vegetarianism too loudly would probably be ostracised by the medical community is something he needn't know. And don't even try citing Yogic philosophy or any others that came to the conclusion that meat has a negative effect on the body just a few thousand years before modern medicine existed – no, it would only aggravate him. Just nod and say 'yes, my hair falls out in tufts on a regular basis, my nails also and I'm as weak as a newborn lamb' – it'll keep him happy. Failing that, smile mysteriously. Because no matter what you do, this person will never really understand what goes on in the mysterious world of the non-meat eater...
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