For the purposes of this thread, I’m referring to people who are vegeterians due to moral reasons, and not due to health reasons, or simply because that how they were raised.
How can “moralist” vegetarians be friends with people who kill and eat animals?
In general, I cannot be friends with people who are immoral (steal, kill, belong to organized crime, etc). In fact I cannot think of anything that I consider immoral for me to do, that I would think “It’s OK if others choose to do so, and I can still be their friend”.
So, how come vegetarians give their meat-eating friends a pass, if they themselves consider it bad to kill animals so that we can eat them?
I’m not a vegetarian, but I find myself increasingly thinking that it may not be a good thing to kill and eat animals, and I’m toying with the idea of becoming a vegetarian, although it would be difficult since I was raised in a heavy meat-eating environment.
In any case, if I ever decide to become a vegetarian, I won’t stop being friends with meat-eaters (I think). Why is that?
Are there some things that we avoid because we consider them immoral, but we tolerate in others?
Eating meat seems to be one of those things
Why is that?
Are there others?
Are there in fact some vegetarians who won’t socialize with meat eaters?
Um… Without the least bit of trouble? I don’t require that my friends require every bit of my personal code, and why should I? I’m okay with people not being like me. One of me is about all I can put up with.
Well, for one thing, the morality of meateating is much more debatable that child molesting, theft or murder. For another, they aren’t likely to worry that their meateating friends are going to leap upon them and devour them; a thief might pocket the silverware.
Hmmm…not really. See, I seem to consider fewer things moral issues than most people do, but what I care about, I really care about. Also, my morality tends to center about behavior I consider dangerous/predatory; by definition such people are dangerous, even to another predator, much less me. If a moral issue is as debatable as meateating, I don’t consider it a moral issue at all, so the question doesn’t come up.
The people who’s behavior I tolerate like that are those I consider stupid/fools/ignorant/dupes, not those I consider bad people.
Actually, I make most of my friends feel guilty for eating meat, not because I try, just because they agree with me but are unable to take that leap. I feel strongly about many things I consider to be moral issues (the environment, politics, etc), but I don’t expect all my friends to agree with me 100% on everything. But I do know my friends are good people, and that you change more minds through action rather than yelling and nit-picking. Sorry this isn’t the greatest answer, but I’ll try and think about it some more…
Oh, and have you ever actually hung out with vegetarians? Talk about annoying.
The way I vote comes to mind. And not everyone I know is as adamantly pro-choice as I am. It’s easier to think of hypothetical examples than the real thing: most of my friends roughly share my political views, but I wouldn’t rule someone out because I learned they didn’t.
Well, I wouldn’t want to spend time with a thief, because he might steal from me.
I wouldn’t want to spend time with a murderer, because he might murder me.
I wouldn’t mind spending time with a meat-eater, though, because odds are he’s not going to eat me. Unless I happen to be a cow, and I admit I am not entirely ready to rule out that possibility just yet.