Q: Should we avoid eating meat, since it entails killing?

A: Nonsense! … You may talk of not killing, but can you possibly avoid killing? What would you eat? Potatoes? … Has the potato no life? … You want to drink water? Examine a drop of water under a microscope and see how many millions of lives there are. You must breathe to live, yet with every breath you kill millions of creatures. Do you see any harm in that? You think you will lose your religion if you take a little fish. Such arguments are foolish. The ancient Hindus held no such ideas.

–Swami Brahmananda

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3 Comments on “Thought-Provoking”

  1. Daniel Says:

    “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” Paul McCartney

  2. Clangnuts Says:

    I’m a Veggie, however I don’t subscribe to most Vegetarians view on animals. What really annoys me, is meat eaters that cannot face the reality of what they do. Most meat eaters seem to be quite happy to be sanitised from the reality of eating meat. It’s prepackaged, and presented in such a way that it’s not really meat – it’s just another food product. I think Paul McCartney has a valid point. You meat eaters cannot face what you do. Eating meat is equal to killing it. Meat eaters who accept this reality – fine, I have no problem with you. It’s your choice.
    BTW, I don’t eat meat because I don’t like it! Nothing ethical, or fashionable about my Vegetarianism.

  3. Chad Says:

    I used to buy the validity of the two vegetarian arguments above.

    But I’ve come to discover that humans — pretty much any humans — will do what is necessary to survive and provide for the ones they care for. I made that personal discovery at about the time I discovered that I had no problems eating chocolate bars while looking at live footage of live sewers. I suspect that some (if not all) butchers, doctors, soldiers, and others who see things that really ought not to be seen go through the same epiphany. The fact that we’re human gives us the capacity to maybe regret a little and mostly endure.

    In other words, I disagree with Mr. McCartney.