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    Benjamin Franklin on vegetarianism...

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    "I believe I have omitted mentioning that in my first voyage from Boston to Philadelphia, being becalmed off Block Island, our crew employed themselves in catching cod, and hauled up a great number. Till then I had stuck to my resolution to eat nothing that had life; and on this occasion I considered, according to my master Tyron, the taking of every fish as a kind of unprovoked murder, since none of them had done or could do us any injury that might justify this massacre. All this seemed very reasonable. But I had formerly been a great lover of fish, and when it came out of the frying-pan it smelled admirably well. I balanced some time between principle and inclination, till, recollecting that when the fish were opened I saw smaller fish taken out of their stomachs, then, thought I, "If you eat one another I don't see why we may not eat you;" so I dined upon cod very heartily, and have since continued to eat as other people, returning only now and then occasionally to a vegetable diet. So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."

    Truth.

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    Love the last bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliphian View Post
    Love the last bit.
    Yep, he really gets to the heart of the matter with that line. It's totally the best part.

    Although I bet the cod DID smell "admirably" coming from the frying-pan.

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    Giving vegetarians a hard time never gets old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimchiNinja View Post
    Giving vegetarians a hard time never gets old.
    I'm sure it was even MORE common in Franklin's time and before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliphian View Post
    Love the last bit.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimchiNinja View Post
    Giving vegetarians a hard time never gets old.
    I'm so glad I got what I need from this forum and don't need to stay and wade through the tedious crap of chauvanistic pricks such as you

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    That is so interesting and love love love that last line.

    oh Ben - what a sweet talker he was! hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimchiNinja View Post
    Giving vegetarians a hard time never gets old.
    I'm in the middle of a couple of weeks of Steak & Eggs, and the other day I piled a ton of beef, eggs (my local egg guy can't keep up) and butter on the checkout counter at the market. The (older) lady behind me had nothing but a TON of berries, fruits and a few veggies.

    I was noting the complete dichotomy of our purchases when she asked me if I minded helping her get her watermelons out of her cart, since she wasn't strong enough. I felt validated.

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    By this reasoning, we shouldn't be allowed to eat grass-fed beef.

    We are allowed to eat only CAFO cows who were fed the offal and mad-cow infected spinal cords of other cows, right?
    5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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