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#1 Old 11-30-2015, 02:29 PM
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Taxi driver questioning vegetarianism...

I had a strange experience earlier in a taxi home from the shops. He asked about cooking and naturally went on to meat eater or not. I said ive just begun to be vegetarian and he straight away told me i will become weak.

"not on the outside but on the inside you will be wrecking yourself"

He also started to ask me why 'killing' vegetables wasnt wrong. I told him, because they cant feel pain...he said he could prove they did. I told him that WE only feel pain because we have a brain and nerves...plants do not have brains.

Ugh ive only just begun veggie, and i have encounted this haha im not bothered by it really, im calm and strong in my convictions. Its just strange how people feel they need to 'look out for you' and try to convince you that you are wrong.

maybe it is more likely they are convincing themselves? They feel guilty...
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#2 Old 11-30-2015, 03:34 PM
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Woof, sounds like a long cab ride! Rest assured, you don't owe ANYONE an explanation... and a heated debate is only exciting if there's an intelligent opposing argument. LOL


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Woof, sounds like a long cab ride! Rest assured, you don't owe ANYONE an explanation... and a heated debate is only exciting if there's an intelligent opposing argument. LOL
it was only 15 mins but felt like hours!
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it was only 15 mins but felt like hours!
It's OK, sweetness.... You're safe now. LOL
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#5 Old 11-30-2015, 03:53 PM
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People are ignorant. Whether it's about vegetarian diets, history, or how cell phones works (seriously, have you seen those ridiculous "time travel" memes, where they claim people in old Hollywood movies had cell phones??!!!)...I'm a voracious reader, and I certainly don't know everything, but I encounter constant frustration with people who are blatantly willfully ignorant...it's because there's this chunk of the population who never read nor research. ..they rely primarily on TV or folk wisdom for the formation of their opinions. ..these people are a blight to me, they get on my last nerve, while I'm only of average intelligence, they make me feel like Einstein walking through a crowd of illiterates...

I have had to learn to change the subject, tell people I don't want to talk about this, and to stop reacting to people on the Internet. ..because the Internet is now just as rife with ignorance as the irl general public.

It's hard. Especially when it's something you strongly care about, like being a vegetarian.

But I think we grow as humans when we learn to rise above these people mentally. I'm still very much working on how to do that.

The primary thing I have gleaned is that it's seemingly endless, and only a few here and there are actually interested in the information you offer, so why argue.

It doesn't help that we currently live in a culture where all or most opinions are called equally valid, when some are clearly more ignorant or less humane.
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In these situations, just be cool, completely calm. Respond in a way similar to this:

Taxi driver: Vegetarianism will wreck you health on the inside.

You: Nah. The American Diabetes Association recommends vegetarian diets (proof: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fit...r-vegetarians/). They even published their own vegetarian cookbook (http://www.shopdiabetes.org/1463-The...rgmpvegetarian ).

Taxi driver: Where did you hear that?

You: I didn't hear it. I read it. On the American Diabetes Association website.

Taxi driver: Well, a vegetarian diet might be OK if you're sick, but it won't make you strong.

You: MMA fighters Jake Shields and Mac Danzig are vegetarian.

Taxi driver: Just you watch: both of those guys will die young if they don't start eating meat.

You: Ever watch "The Price Is Right" on TV? The retired host, Bob Barker, is 90 years old. He's been a vegetarian for decades.

Taxi driver: Well, I've been eating meat my whole life, and I am healthy and strong.

You: I'm healthy and strong, too! Take care! (leave a generous tip)
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You are right that this is his guilt talking. Sounds like you did a good job handling it!
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Taxi driver: [ignorant anti-veg comments]
You: Welp no tip for you!
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So many older guys love to tell young people, especially like young girls, the way of the world. There's no one thing that works for everybody, but at that point in my life this worked for me. I didn't feel completely grown up until I was able to say, "I am the client, you are the vendor. Try not to annoy me."
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Next time I think I'd walk home.

All animals should be respected & should have the ability to lead a natural & enjoyable life. This means not eating them, or abusing them in any way.
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I have a vegetarian family: brother 84 years, sister 82 years. Only health problems that comes with getting older. They live in their own home with their vegetarian and same age spouses .
My parents-in-law reached their 90th birthday after being vegetarian for 35 years.
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My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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"Thanks for your help. I am all set. I refer to evidence like medical journals and scientific studies."
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#13 Old 12-14-2015, 07:35 PM
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I think this is an old guy thing. It happens to my daughter all the time. They think they are imparting their wisdom to you. eye roll. Just look at your phone, or out the window and say "ah ha", and "hum" and" is that so". You don't really have to listen, just sound like you are. He isn't really having a conversation anyway. A conversation is a two way thing and from what you saying this isn't what was happening. Nobody listens to cabbies or cares abut their opinions so he was just spouting off and you, were unfortunately in the way.Try not to let it upset you. I've learned not to bother arguing about being a vegetarian. I know it works for me, the animals and the planet. I don't need to convince anybody.
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