I’ve been, as of late, hav­ing a dis­cus­sion of veg­an­ism with myself. (I know, right? what is this, sopho­more year of col­lege?)

my cur­rent view­point is that not eat­ing ani­mals is a per­son­al choice, and that’s fine.

but when a per­son starts say­ing it’s immoral for humans to kill ani­mals, then it implies a philo­soph­i­cal view­point I don’t pre­scribe to: that humans are sep­a­rate from the rest of the ani­mal pop­u­la­tion of this plan­et, and are free to decide oth­ers’ fate based upon that supe­ri­or­i­ty.

that casts the human as a spe­cial crea­ture on the plan­et. not some­thing I agree with, entire­ly. we all came from the same essen­tial bio­me, and as such are dic­tat­ed by the world’s rules (which are cur­rent­ly show­ing us in no uncer­tain terms that we need to undo the indus­tri­al revolution’s naiveté).

I do believe that our cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties give us spe­cial place­ment as care­tak­ers where oth­er crea­tures might not be able to be—but I don’t believe that makes us moral­ly supe­ri­or to oth­er ani­mals.

so: my end state­ment about my own phi­los­o­phy of food: it’s nat­ur­al to kill for food and rev­er­ent to not waste any part of a body. but I don’t like killing ani­mals as part of an indus­tri­al­ized process. it’s irrev­er­ent. so I’ll eat less meat to try and not take part in some­thing I don’t approve of.

there! sim­ple! that only took me like ten years to work out.