Why I don’t eat meat: non-issues

December 19, 2011 by Joshua
in Blog, Fitness, Nature

People spout tremendous nonsense on why people should or shouldn’t eat meat.

My next several posts will point out flaws in their reasoning. I think in the echo chambers of their minds, people come to believe their reasons for eating or not eating meat are grounded in absolute truth. Or they only talk with people who agree with them, while arguing positionally with people who don’t, a recipe for confirming and firming one’s beliefs more firmly, no matter how wrong they are.

I speak, of course, from now-humble experience, having spewed nonsense myself, trying to convince others of the unhealthiness of eating meat. No more.

I don’t claim to know what’s right, but I can tell you some things that are wrong. My goal is not to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do, but to give you ammunition to allow yourself to do what you think best in the face of moralists, meddlers, and others who want to tell you what to do. However they phrase their arguments, they are trying to impose their values on you, not help you (though they may think they are).

If you cite any reasons I listed yesterday and will cover in the next several posts, you are citing red herrings. If you use them you may fool yourself, but not many others. You will lose credibility with people who disagree with you.

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