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Moments ago my friend from over at Kimchi Latkes { This girl’s blog is hella funny – I encourage you to check it out. After you’re done here that is!} posted this comment in response to my post about why I became vegetarian.

“I like hearing how vegetarians came to be vegetarians, everyone seems to come by a different path. Now, I have to tell you, I’m more on the raise-it-yourself-if-you-want-meat end. Does this mean we can still be interweb friends? I agree they are intelligent. But where do you draw the line? Like for example, veal was traditionally a byproduct of dairy. A lot will eat dairy, but not veal, but it is from the same process. I understand though. When the hubby was all set to eat Rooster, I had my doubts. It is interesting to me that most self-reflective, caring people go through this debate. I guess everyone is just trying to make sense of it all. Check out this article, I was obsessed with the topic for days after I read it…”

Here is the link that she included in her post. (remember – after *wink*)

Now that you’re all up to speed

I want to tell you (and everyone else reading this) of course we can still be interweb friends!

This post was precipitated by another blogger Bethany (you can check out that post here) from her blog Barefooting outside the box.

“It seems to me that blogs are either (like you said) all talk about the act of eating a certain way and no recipes, or all recipes and no talk about why. Something for me to keep in mind as I continue to post about my family and our lifestyle!”

Bethany’s comment really inspired me to start thinking about including the reasons why I am a vegetarian in addition to the recipes I’ve been posting lately.

Vegetarianism (and all other isms for that matter) is just drawing arbitrary lines around things that are “okay” and “not okay.”

It doesn’t matter to me where you draw your line as long as we’re all sticking to the basic template of wanting to make responsible, non-harmful choices.

I think the thing that gets tricky about this debate is that people feel really strongly (like – I’ll run you over with my car you hippie-liberal-tofu-eating-commie! Or I’ll forget to water your desk plant while you’re on vacation you soul-sucking-republican-carnivore!) – Yeah, really strongly about where exactly we should draw the line.

I think we’re all doing well as long as we’re all drawing the line somewhere between rationally wanting to just sit on the couch and have food inserted into our mouths without much thought about what we’re putting in there and running out to save the very last of the (insert some endangered thing no one has ever heard of or will ever miss until it is gone) from extinction.

Like you said – most thoughtful, caring people go through this debate. It is important, critical even, that we try (at least a little) to not kill every living thing around us for our pleasure, entertainment, satisfaction or convenience.

And since no one has really proved (beyond a shadow of a doubt – come on guys don’t flood my inbox with tons of articles with titles like – “Meat and potatoes save lives!”) that a vegetarian diet will kill or harm our bodies. Then, it makes sense that we would question our intentions at ending these innocent creature’s lives so we can savor their delicious meaty bits in grandma’s favorite recipe.

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