Our society has reached a new epitome of intolerance, where we judge a person based on his/her culinary preferences. Vegetarians are regarded as pure souls, while the meat-hogging ‘non-vegetarians’ are looked down upon. Not being a vegetarian will run you into all sorts of troubles starting from people refusing to rent their house to you. It might also become a crucial factor when your parents set out to find a suitable match for you. And don’t even get me started on the extreme end of this very narrow-minded spectrum. In some parts of this country, if people find you eating meat, it can cost you your life.
Is adopting vegetarianism the only way to survive?
There are parts in Gujarat where asking for eggs can be found offensive by the shopkeeper. People tend to take the pungent smell of meat, egg, fish in a serious manner and this can lead to getting offensive as well. A lot of shramiks who advocate vegetarianism teach lessons to others who do not by making them eat their own excreta.
How can one become vegetarian is the most basic question?
Then comes the premise that one can avoid eating meat to stay away and become a purer soul. In both the cases, the fight remains that both are using it to their own advantages. Vegetarians support the cause of drinking milk, use dairy products and substitute animals with grains. The non-vegetarian people eat meat to pack more protein and increase mass.
You pick up your food habits by virtue of the family you are born into. Even before you can swallow solid food, your parents decide if you are going to derive your proteins from milk and spinach, or from chicken and fish. By the time you grow up and realize what the source of your protein is, your body and mind is already conditioned to a certain kind of food. So, why should you suffer the unreasonable consequences of being a meat-eater?
Things really are not in proportion to what they should have been. Meat does have its choice and delicacy but humans tend to find sticking to their choices more preferable calling “we have a side to things”.