Thoughts on Veganism (Narrated)…


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Date: February 20, 2018

Note: This did not make it into the recording…

Something I left out of this, but I feel deserves mentioning…is that I’ve had at least one acquaintance go vegan…And he remained vegan, for somewhere around two years…before transitioning into more of a vegetarian [eating chicken and fish].

Some people develop conditions due to deficiencies in their eating, when they go vegan…This is just a fact of life…

…While many vegans will argue, that you can get everything you need through a vegan diet…fact is, it’s not as simple and easy as many claim…In fact, of the people I’ve found online while contemplating a vegan life…the ones who left it, commented on how hard it was to get all the nutrition their body needed through a vegan diet…that it’s harder than a normal diet…and you need supplements [which is a maze to navigate, in it’s own right].

It’s fair to recognize, that not everybody’s body has exactly the same needs…and going vegan may not work out so well, for every single person on this planet.


This selection from “In Self Defense: The Life and Times of An Atheist BoyLover…Memoirs and Ethos”, has been narrated by Rocco White. Please enjoy the listen, or read along if you like…or need to.


I have certain principles, where it comes to the rights of living things…or, my ethics as relates to their rights, and how I want to be as a human being…

One of those principles, is to never cause needless suffering.

…Another one of those principles, is to leave untouched what is not interfering with [or impeding] me…

…A third principle, is that all living things are part of the food chain…but we should not take more than we need…

I don’t go walking around, looking for random small animals and insects to stomp on…I think such a wasteful, cruel activity, would qualify as evil.

…That does not mean I am fundamentally opposed to hunting, trapping, fishing or farming…

Whatever the farming industry may have grown into, today [which is it’s own discussion and, yes, there is much wrong with it]…I don’t believe that classic animal farming, is fundamentally wrong.

It is not a pretty endeavor…but I am not against raising animals for food.

I don’t eat a whole lot of meat, myself…This is primarily because of the cost of most meat…I can’t afford to buy a lot of it…What I do buy, is generally on the level of bologna and hot dogs…sometimes I get a burger, when I go out…If I have the funds saved up, I may get sea food.

I’m not going to apologize for this…nor feel bad…It’s brought me a great deal of joy in life, eating the foods I love to eat…meat has been no small part of that.

Markets:

You patron the markets you have access too…and I mean that both by locality, and financially…

We don’t have a vibrant vegan market, around these parts…Yes, I know…a lot of ordinary market foods [ie: vegetables] are “vegan by default”…But what I mean, is that you cant find a lot of options for the imitation meats, or the “anything else” that’s made without “animal products” in them.

In addition to this, the vegan products are expensive…in a life where I am not in a position to spend that kind of money…

Now…I look upon vegan cooking, as being kind of exotic…I like the philosophy…I respect people who choose to live that way…Much of the vegan cooking I’ve seen, looks amazing…I’ve put more than a tiny bit of thought into going vegan, myself…and I’ve dabbled in vegan foods…

My vegan dabbling:

…I like almond milk…I quite enjoy chocolate almond milk…but for four dollars a quart?…

…I went through a phase, where I was buying vegan “cheese”…made with vegetables…I have to admit…sliced up on a cracker, it was good…It didn’t honestly melt like real cheese, as the package claimed…but, it was alright…Again…at around four dollars for a small block of it, when you could get the same volume of real cheese for more like a dollar fifty…I eventually quit buying it.

Fake meat…I really got into buying these fake beef strips…I enjoyed eating them, too…Pretty expensive for the amount you were getting, but I could make a few meals out of them…After about a year, the store stopped carrying them…Apparently, the demand was not there.

More recently…I gave in and tried some of those vegan cookies, you find in convenience stores, and in “nutrition supplement” isles…And you know…if the product is at least up front and honest about what it is, I’m generally very forgiving…But this time…I don’t appreciate something talking itself up so high, that it essentially claims “you wont tell the difference between this, and a real cookie”…just to pop a piece of it in your mouth, and discover all the dry, stale-like bleh!…And I paid how much for this thing?…I could have gotten a bunch of good cookies, for the price of just one of these.

Vegan options are sparse…inconsistently available…expensive, pricing them out of my range…and sometimes, they’re not a good eating experience…

The food supply which is here:

Every time I cross the deli at my local grocery store, there are rotisserie chickens in the hot section…

They will be prepared…they will be bought…There will be more shipped in…Whatever doesn’t get sold, will be written off…maybe taken home by the people who work at the store…or thrown out…

…but there will be a new supply of rotisserie chickens, almost constantly available…

If I don’t buy a chicken…somebody else will…if nobody gets it…it goes to waste…

…I’d rather buy the chicken [which is already dead, anyway], than see it go to waste…

In addition…that avenue of food is going to continue, whether I take part in it or not…

I don’t stomp on small animals…but:

…I do have plenty of mouse traps in the house…and I’ve killed loads of mice.

I had a hamster as a boy…and I generally enjoyed rodents…It took me many years to move from that mental state, to where I am today…

…I’m sick to death of food being gotten into…things being chewed up, or having a nest built inside of them…important things being peed and pooped all over…

…I’m happy to leave mice alone, while they are living outside, going about their business outside…But once they start invading my home?…they’ve committed a capital offense…

Over the years…I’ve gotten tired of cleaning up the bloody messes and mouse corpses, compliments of the classic mouse traps…I’ve purchased live traps…several of them, in fact…

I do not, however, subscribe to the notion…that just because you have a live trap, means you have to have a live release…

The reality of mice during the winter [because that’s when they are the biggest problem] in this region…is that, if they’ve moved into the house…that means they’re not living out somewhere in a den they’ve prepared for themselves…Kicking them out of the house once the temperature is so low, the ground is frozen solid, and there’s no place for them to honestly go…is just sentencing them to a frozen death…or being picked off by other animals…or they are just going to come right back into the house…or find somebody else’s house to infest…

The objective in catching a mouse, is to eliminate the mouse…and safeguard everything that mouse might contaminate or destroy…

…I don’t care about the well being of the mouse…

By happy accident…I washed a few of these live traps with bleach water…And now, whenever mice go inside…they get asphyxiated…and I don’t have to deal with causing their death.

I consider it unfortunate…I’d rather it not be this way…but I have no guilt, about any of this.

If mice threaten the health of this home…they are fair game to kill.

In close:

I subscribe to the philosophy, held by my Native American ancestors…

…We don’t kill for no reason…We don’t kill for cruelty…

…We take only what we need…We manage and respect it…

…But we are part of the animal kingdom, and a higher part of the food chain…and there is no reason, why we should be expected to feel shame over this…This is how we have evolved.

If the day comes…when they can economically produce real meat, without having to kill an animal…I am all for the advancement…Make it low cost, and I’ll be very happy…

…But so long as meat eating animals are on this planet…animals are going to continue to be eaten…humans employing the least cruel methods…

…I feel far worse for those animals that die, getting torn apart by a pack of coyotes.


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