I'm just trying to imagine a hypothetic situation where Zach might encounter, say, an aboriginal bushman or a commanche or some other member of a tribal society and tell them that he's "more spiritual" than them because their chakras are all clogged up from all that meat they eat!
Originally Posted by Zach
The irony here, way beyond the sheer hubris of this statement, is that the people's I'd consider the most in touch with nature and the most "spiritual" none are trying to subsist on a plant only diet. Hunting of one sort or another is an integral part of all of the societies we've ever encountered that live close to nature. The whole veganism thing is a wholly modern thing. You simply would die if you tried to live off the land that way. I've known folks who have tried. And it takes a lot of modern processed food: soy, pea protein, fruit shipped in from all over the world, etc. just to make this way of eating even marginally viable to live. Again, try living off the land eating no animals. I dare you. Try it and tell us how it goes.
You have a belief system that meat "clogs chakras". Hardly scientific, but hey it's your belief system. Other people have belief systems that honor the animals they eat. Who is to say that you are more "spiritually advanced" for your belief system? Having grown up gay in the south and having to endure fundamentalists, I'm always leery of folks claiming spiritual superiority or that their way is the only way. It's actually pretty frightening how much veganism looks and feels like that fundamentalism I encountered growing up.
There was a great video I watched in College where the BBC visit this ridiculously remote tribe in South America. The tribe elders did a whole role reversal on the BBC crew. They called their people "elder brother" and the folks out in the "civilized" world "younger brother". They were telling the BBC folks to get the word out to younger brother out in the rest of the world that they needed to stop doing all the foolish things they were doing before it was too late. The BBC folks went from being bemused to kinda blown away at how they were probably actually right.
So before you start assuming that you are the more enlightened one here, maybe you should take a listen to folks like Savory and Salatin. There's a whole perspective that's goes way beyond "don't eat something with a face" which I find a lot more spiritually advanced.
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