i'm a bit confused. i'll be honest, i only opened this thread because the preview seemed all about the 'carnal lust', and that caught my interest (what does that say about me, hahaha?).
so what is your brother trying to say exactly? is he saying that he doesn't beleive he should fight his instinct to eat meat, because its something man has done for millennia? so? we've been killing each other since the dawn of time too. should we not give that up, becuase its traditional and to do so would make light of our forefathers?
or does he think veg*nism is bad because it smacks of religion (or something?) and he's anti-authority, anti-spiritualism/spiritual oppression/expression, anti-god, anti-religion, or an anachist (or something else like that???) ? ok. weird reason, interesting logic, but whatever.. if it helps him justify his behaviour to himself and that makes him happy, thats great for him.
or is he saying he's anti using his self-control and making ethical or moral judgments, if it goes against what he wants to do? he wants to watch out if thats the case, cos he'll end up in prison sooner or later. you can't always do what you want... you can with do that food to an extent (eating babies or the neighbours is still a no-no), but it'll bite him in the bum if he applies the same logic in other areas of his life.
does he really beleive he eats meat instinctively, and that its not a learned practice? i know some small children eat worms, but i bet most small kids given a carrot and a live rabbit (or a dead one, come to think of it) on a plate would automatically choose to eat the carrot, and not have some primal urge to bite the rabbits head off and smear the bits all over their face. even if they did have that primal urge, would he really want to nurture it? i'd be all for repressing it, lol. instincts aren't always for the following in the modern world. i have the intinct to do lots of not-so-smart things, all the time.
or is he trying to show some primal connection between ritual and death and food and lust, and say that he's in touch with his humanity as a result of following said primative urges, and that whole thing makes it ok for him to eat burgers? yeah.... hmmmm.. righty ho.
with regards to the omnivorism and labelling, he can choose to be label himself however he wants, and/or to accept or not accept a label given by another- but it really doesn't change who he is and what he does. a label is just a word- its a tool for categorising and understanding, and a tool which implies something, but giving something a name that implies something nice about it, or which conjures a desired image, doesn't change what it is (or does) underneath. i could call myself a 'cheesewizz-space-monkey', instead of a human, and wouldn't make me any less of a person. i could call my keyboard an 'acid-flesh melter', it aint gonna hurt me to type.
.....oooow, oowww, my searing dripping oozing fingers