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|10-25-2015 03:13 PM|
Stealing is not good or bad in of itself, it depends on the circumstances. Robin Hood was a big stealer and yet he was hero. This is what people who play Dungeons and Dragons call being "chaotic good" Purp.
The way I see it I'm a deer, and all the stores and restaurants making up the suburban sprawl are the forest. Each establishment is like a tree, and I'm a deer wandering around, nibbling some here, nibbling some there. The shop owners and loss prevention personnel are the wolves. That's why the stores and restaurants sell meat, they're wolves. But I'm just a deer, I try to be invisible and blend into the forest. Occasionally I have to run, quickly and gracefully, knowing I always have my antlers as a last resort. It's fun being a deer for the most part, it's a good life.
|10-24-2015 11:07 PM|
|Purp||Congratulations on your transition. However, I really would give up the stealing. T'Ain't nice or good.|
|10-24-2015 08:34 PM|
As an adult after seeing a youtube video about Mudslinger the trick-doing pig, my personal preference of not eating pork suddenly had some ideological firepower behind it, so when I was at family gatherings and people had cooked some pork dish I didn't like, instead just seeming picky when I rejected it, I could now explain to them about how smart pigs were and how eating pigs was the equivalent to eating dogs. Thus showing them the moral justification of my preference.
One day after explaining about pork to my Grandpa he told me that all animals were smart in their own way, not just pigs, and if that was my reason for not eating pigs I shouldn't eat chickens, cows, or fish either. Shortly after my Grandpa said this I was doing a land survey of a farm where chickens and pigs were walking around. One of a the chickens was sitting on a pig as it walked around, and all the chickens followed me. After that I decided that I didn't want to eat them.
Then it became about something even more. My whole life I've lived by a natural law. "Might Makes Right" by Ragnar Redbeard (likely pseudonym of Jack London) used to be my favorite philosophy book. I stole so much stuff in my teens and early twenties, not just from stores, from people too. And I've vandalized so much stuff, probably I've done at least $100,000 worth of damage. I'd always get revenge on people whenever they did something to me. I was always trying to be tough as well, I lifted weights in my teens and carried around a revolver. I was ok with all of that because it's the natural way, but as an adult I realized that just because something is natural doesn't make it right. Instead of looking to the natural world and all the animals brutally killing each other to guide how I should live, I instead thought that that's wrong and I should live in protest of that instead. I've never really liked the sight of blood. I could never donate blood, I pass out just seeing other people doing it. And I've always liked the graceful, ghost-like animals like rabbits and deer. When I honestly ask myself, it's those animals I identify with the most, not a wolf, lion, or jackal or something. So that's why I became a vegetarian, because my spirit is a deer. I still steal stuff on occasion, but when I do they're graceful invisible thefts, like a deer would.
|10-22-2015 07:12 PM|
|busyvegetarians||Congratulations, how many months /years your transition takes?|
|10-16-2015 11:23 AM|
|AdorableMogwai||Thanks everyone and I will check out those cookbooks MadamSarcastra.|
|10-16-2015 10:55 AM|
Super happy for u! All in all you made it and thats whats important. Best of luck.
|10-16-2015 10:28 AM|
A slow-but-steady transition to vegetarianism can really work. Congratulations on your new life!
|10-16-2015 10:26 AM|
|10-16-2015 10:05 AM|
I wouldn't have been able to do this without you all, than you so much.
I have now completed my transition to becoming a complete vegetarian, and you all have helped me so much. If it wasn't for visiting this site and reading this posts on a somewhat regular basis, which had the effect of continually nudging me further down the path of vegetarianism, I would still be eating meat now to some extent.
I began this some years ago after watching a youtube video of Mudslinger the pig doing tricks. I've always hated the taste of pork and never eaten it anyway, but after seeing how smart pigs actually were, my dislike of pork was imbued with an ideology. After that I began visiting sites like this. Although I haven't posted much in the years I've been a member here, I have stopped by every few weeks to read, and what I read helped convinced me to stop eating cows and chickens as well, and now finally fish.
I wanted you all to know what big difference you're making. you may think you're just posting on a forum, but in reality you're doing so much more than that.