A recent post on a pro-veggie website titled, “The Pros and Cons of Veganism” recently caught my eye. I was interested to see what the movement considered to be the downside of going vegan.
Surprise! There is no downside, no “cons” at all! Imagine that.
Here’s how the article began:
“A request from a reporter doing a story on ‘The Pros and Cons of Veganism’ listed what the reporter thought of as cons, obviously having bought into the misrepresentations and lies that many meat-eaters perpetuate to help them rationalize the status quo. Not surprisingly, the reporter basically ignored any pro-vegan feedback; it is hard to write a pro-and-con story when the cons have been refuted.”
Well, I guess that settles it.
But I have a some questions for vegans to which they really ought to respond, if only to themselves, because far from being the perfect lifestyle and the ultimate diet they convince themselves it is, veganism is fraught with contradictions, misconceptions and a wholesale refusal to engage with what those of us not living in Fantasyland like to call “reality.”
Here then, are some questions regarding those “cons” (as in “contradictions”) veggies insist are non-existent:
› History. Does human experience over so many millennia mean anything to modern-day vegans, who are supposedly so enlightened, so well-educated, so much further evolved than all those intellectually crude carnivores? If so, do the cultural, spiritual and culinary traditions of the Natives who populated this hemisphere for upwards of 20,000 years before Europeans showed up mean anything at all? Do we learn any lessons of value from the wisdom passed on through the centuries by generations of elders from among those hundreds of tribes? Do we acknowledge any recognition whatsoever for the respect and reverence with which Natives treated the wildlife they hunted, fished and trapped for sustenance?
Or do we label them as ignorant savages? Bloodthirsty carnivores? Misguided primitives who just didn’t know enough, or possess enough modern technology to subsist on soy protein, salads and processed concoctions manufactured to resemble meat, dairy and poultry foods?
Do we simply consider them conquered people who once lived in spiritual and ecological harmony with all other species, but are now just a bunch of has-beens whose time has passed? Do we pay their lifestyle lip service, but pretend that the cosmology we so reverence can simply be excised from their relationship with the animal kingdom?