Priorities and Character

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Priorities and Character - 30 Jan 2006

Maybe it’s a matter of priorities. I wonder if those who drop out of vegetarianism ever really had a deep conviction, ever internalized the tremendous suffering (the billions of animals abused to provide “food” or other products), as well as the sheer torment of each individual creature?

Even if a person were to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle “just for health reasons,” wouldn’t he or she soon learn about the ethical or moral reasons for moving up to a vegan lifestyle and to continue learning even more?

But then, I guess it must be a matter of character that determines priorities. If the desire for a morsel of “food” or the insecurity of “not fitting in” or a possible “inconvenience” causes one to turn her or his back on the suffering of others, one must have a weak character. Of course, if one happens to be a sociopath, lacking empathy (more common than people want to believe), that’s another story.

I also wonder why in most societies a person who feels no empathy with the sufferings of those in his or her group is considered a sociopath or a psychopath, but a person who turns his or her back on the sufferings of “those others” (human or animal) is considered “normal.” “Those others” may be human enemies or any non-pet animals. Isn’t this insane?

After having discovered the joys of going vegan, I can’t think of a single rational reason for anyone wanting to fall back to the “bad old days.”

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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