reply to post by DarwinVsJesus
Darwin, you should just admit like I've already admitted that animal-based foods do indeed offer extra (very important) nutrition. By being a vegan,
you're probably losing 20 years because of increased incidence of disease and malnutrition. However, you died for a good cause, right?
That's what's important: You lived for a cause. A belief.
People who live for a good cause often have to pay a cost. It's a sacrifice.
Some people do not have a cause or a belief. They might as well be machines.
Kids who're on a vegan diet should receive supplements, AT LEAST. More than that, you should ASK THEM what they want. Parents shouldn't be able to
force a diet on their kids.
Btw, I 100% agree that eating animals and animal cruelty contributes to the disintegration of our soul, if we ever had one. But even if you don't eat
animals, plants are still living things. Rice and Oats, for example, are farmed and harvested from living plants. Plants may not have big brains (or a
central nervous system), but they nonetheless do respond to the environment and do in fact communicate with each other. They obviously do not share as
much in common with us as animals do, but evenso, eating them does not make us holy. Sadly, no matter what we eat, we're eating something living or
something harvested or farmed from a living thing. We cannot completely avoid harming or negatively impacting other organisms while we're alive.
Get this.... our body is continually destroying organisms. Our body is a vast collection of human and non-human cells, all fighting to survive. Wars
are going on that we're not aware of. The things we do as humans are mirrored in all other life around us. The universe is a warzone.
But anyway, I understand your views and respect your choice to be vegan. I am in fact mostly a vegan, but I do sometimes eat animal-based foods, only
beause I am somewhat coerced to. My opinions about it are very different from my close friends and relatives. In fact, my opinions are very similar to
your own. I find that I do not have much in common with others.
Diet is complex. Balanced diets are the best because it's like a shotgun approach. You see, there's so much we don't know. Eating lots of different
things compensates for our lack of knowledge. There's evidence that meat (in small amounts) is good for us. But how can you keep your diet diverse and
eat meat if it's not morally acceptable to you? Well, I believe that soon we will grow meat by growing cell cultures and giving them texture via
chemical baths and machines. No animals will need to be grown and killed to accomplish this. Furthermore, there're some foods that minimaly use higher
animals to produce the animal-based protein foods. One day, we will be able to enjoy animal-protein foods without the moral dimension that plagues us
One example is this:
en.wikipedia.org - Quorn...
Note that Quorn uses eggs as an ingredient; chicken factory farms. Maybe it's not a good example of a food that tries to minimize its affect on higher
life. However, it has potential to!
This adds some more information about Quorn:
www.wired.com - A Mushrooming Quorn Controversy...
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jonnywhite because: (no reason given)