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Is it time for Humanity to Stop Eating Meat?
it time for Humanity to Stop Eating Meat ?
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
I have never been a vegetarian but always happy to eat vegetarian meals. I love vegetables and vegetarian recipes are always inventive and satisfying on the whole. So why do I eat meat? I guess I was brought up on meat and of course as a kid you don’t question what’s put in front of you or where it came from. As an adult you can begin to question the process of taking a life to feed yourself. We don’t personally of course, but taking part in this chain of events lays responsibility on our shoulders, surely.
Consuming flesh in some religions brings up the possibility of taking on the karma of that beast, whatever that may be. If you believe in the existence of the soul, there may be something in this idea. In consuming a living breathing and to whatever extent, thinking creature, you would think there would be some consequence from a standpoint of logic. Then again, vegetables may not have souls from our view, but they are living and perhaps there is a consequence from their consumption.
Ultimately it gets back to how we see our existence, the purpose of it and how we place ourselves in the food chain and judge other forms of life. In the end I think I see nature in its simplicity and balance and can only view that as how life should be. The food chain in that sense is natural and works from a perspective of balance, controlling populations and upholding ‘the survival of the fittest’.
The problem with taking on this natural food chain as a paradigm is that we humans no longer hunt for our food, and are therefore not a part of the survival of the fittest. We procure food by raising beasts for slaughter and consumption. In this way we have placed ourselves above the food chain and nature. So what is the consequence?
Physiologically, our human evolution and intellect could not have eventuated without the protein of meat. Meat has been the single contributor to our brains development and as far as I know, remains so. In that regard it becomes even more convoluted, an argument that can’t be won. I suppose it gets down to personal choice. It’s easy to think that meat comes from our freezer and that’s that. But if the concern for eating meat outweighs your ability to deny where it originated, there are other ways.
Vegetarian and even Vegan diets are healthy if practiced with knowledge and careful design and preparation. Eating animal products has definite problems associated, such as saturated fat that can clog our arterial systems with fatty acids and cholesterol. Heat attack, heart disease and strokes are among our greatest killers; all this from meat.
Another way of looking at it is the lack of meat consumption will not affect out intellectual level. We live for a hundred years if we’re lucky; a drop in the ocean compared with our long evolution.
So what is my conclusion; am I pro or against? You decide. We each have our views and reasons for making these kinds of decisions. It is a personal decision that affects our lives and we must bare the consequences, whatever they are. I just keep getting the image of early humans sitting by a fire, tearing an animal carcass to pieces. Perhaps we are more well-mannered and prepare our flesh with elegant sauces and colour balanced vegetable accompaniments. In the end, we are still tearing up and consuming living flesh. Do we need to, or haven’t we evolved enough to change our attitudes about nutrition and balance.
The decision is yours.