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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I just tried to watch Chef Meg's Roast Chicken with Herb Oil video. I think I just became a vegetarian! She was just so cavalier with the poor bird - breaking it's wings, cutting out it's wishbone (after pointing out that that's where the poor thing's neck used to be) ... .... ....... Hey! I think maybe SHE's a vegetarian!! Perhaps she's TRYING to cause people like me to stop eating poor little birdies! lol.

I've always had somewhat of a problem with the IDEA of eating beef, and other mammals. Not the actual eating of it, mind you - I know as humans, we're omnivores, and without having learned to cook and eat meat we'd still be low on the evolutionary tree. Plus, it tastes good! But the idea of the poor mammals being slaughtered and fed to me does get to me. Has for a while now.

This is a first for poultry.

I've been OK with the idea of birds up 'til now. Thanks to chef Meg, I now have problems with chicken!! I'm soo not cut out to be a vegetarian! What is wrong with me?

We're human. We're supposed to cook and eat meat. Tofu is nasty. One cannot live on beans alone. I, especially, need the iron that comes from real meat (sorry, vegans, but you're all pretty anemic, aren't you?). Yet I have these (somewhat)latent emotional issues about the animals themselves.

I've thought about the raising and killing of the animals, but honestly, I don't know that I'd feel better about eating an animal that had been raised on a farm, had a good life, and then been cut down in it's prime by the family that up 'til then had cared lovingly for it, just so that I can eat it. Nope, not much better. In fact, it might be better for it to have never known anything great, so that death is not so bad. Not that I want any living thing to suffer - I can't even kill cockroaches; I prefer to simply put them outside. I hate flushing bugs alive, too - I think it's probably better to crush them quickly than to make them drown slowly. (Don't get me started on bug sprays. How would you like to die slowly of chemical burns??) And I get angry when people kill spiders - there is no just cause for it, unless it's a brown recluse or black widow.

So, I'm this emotional vegetarian ... well, really almost an emotional Jainist, except that at the moment my feelings don't extend to plants. I can eat a carrot with no remorse. There're no signs that a carrot has any form of consciousness, lol. So I'm this emotional Jainist, except that I can intellectualize it, and so I still eat meat even though it bothers me if I think about it for too long (or watch Chef Meg be cavalier with a chicken carcass).

Ah, the insanity.
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