|Brian Joseph Johns|
Years ago I was a vegetarian (for about 7 years from late 2007 until 2015). At the time it was very difficult to afford living as a vegetarian so I began eating chicken and fish. My vegetarianism isn't really for religious reasons as much as it is for trying to protect wildlife, though I am a Buddhist and a Taoist. Maybe a few hundred thousand years ago it made sense for an early human kind to eat meat, as early humans were likely part of the food chain themselves for other larger mammalian predators. Nowadays with so many alternatives to meat, I feel there is little excuse but ultimately people have to make their own choices.
So many people dance on the meat issue for shallow reasons, such as trying to dodge being drawn into a religion of which they`re not a part (which I call religion dodging). For instance some people eat pork because it allows them not to be considered or associated with the Jewish or Islamic peoples, rather than eating it for nutritional factors.
For others there's more serious consideration when it comes to eating meat, for it might be part of their heritage and an integral part of their culture. This is certainly the case with many indigenous first nations, who've already experienced so much cultural rape in their life that expecting such a change from them is completely selfish, seeing as what most vegans and vegetarians know of nature and harmony therewith, to and by results from indigenous culture the world over.
Likewise with Chinese and Korean heritage and culture, food is considered more than just nourishment but in fact a form of medicine, and that includes meat, fish and poultry. Foods make up a the core medical treatment in many countries of the Far East of Asia, whereby these foods are considered to nourish or unblock energy in the body. So for the Far East of Asia these foods make up a core part of their diet and their cultural beliefs.
Lastly there's the traditional European and North American who were raised to have the meal at the end of the day, which usually includes fish, chicken, beef or pork, sometimes on a weekly schedule. For such people forced change is a threat to their world and culture as well, no differently than it is for anyone else for it stems from family traditions held by large groups of people for hundreds of years. So militantly trying to change their dietary habits is a sure way to make enemies of them.
For most people, when you give them to data and perhaps the health benefits of changing diet from a source that they recognize, they might be more willing to adjust or make those changes themselves. One step at a time.
For the last three months I've returned to my vegetarian diet, staying away from all meat and eggs, while still consuming milk. It seems to be a little bit better now as there's a lot of alternative sources of protein and dietary information for people making such a change.
I certainly don't make such a change because I'm being mind controlled or possessed by someone with "superior blood" to my own, into doing so. I made a choice and the one thing that I noticed about not eating meat was that you metabolize energy more efficiently and its easier to tone up (not bulk up) as well. Not to mention that after purging my intestines with a salt water flush (with cheap Himalayan Rock Salt), it completely changed many factors about my body. Now I flush once every month of two. So there's many reasons to do so.
Not to mention with all of these changes to my health regimen, I think I just bought myself a bit of leeway to buy some cannabis, perhaps to cook with. We'll see, now that its legal. I don't think that I want to put anything into my body by smoking. We'll have to see.
Brian Joseph Johns