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Comments by Rod Preece - 9 Feb 2003

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Stephen, about temptation in general, though I must say I am tempted most by Oscar Wilde when he remarked that "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it." On another occasion, he wrote: "I can resist everything except temptation."

Wilde aside though, I think that one of the remarkable aspects of vegetarianism/veganism is that, at least after the first few weeks - and, of course, I am only speaking from my own experience, but I suspect that it is a pretty general one - one is not tempted by meat but revolted by the thought of eating it.  

If there are sins of the flesh, they are of a rather different order. I would be interested in knowing whether that is a common experience, or whether others find my experience the norm. In the British _

Dictionary of National Biography_ (1887 edition, and not always a reliable source) it is claimed in his biographical data that from 1812 Percy Bysshe Shelley was a pretty constant vegetarian while in England but an omnivore abroad. Whether this is accurate or not, I do not know, nor whether, if true, it was because he could not afford to damage his reputation among his friends - and if he were in or on the way to Italy no one who mattered would know - or whether, quite simply, while traveling at that time it was quite impossible to get vegetarian fare.

Anyway, as I said, I would be interested in knowing of the temptations others may have faced.


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