Sunday, 7 October 2012

Is it really so difficult?

I frequently hear "It must be so difficult being vegetarian" or "Why do you make life so hard for yourself?" These are, of course, from omnivores. I can see, I suppose, why it would seem that way but those people don't look at the situation from the same point of view as I (and other veggies) do. 

I can't speak for other vegetarians but it makes no difference to me how difficult it is to be veggie. It's something I believe in on purely ethical grounds. I don't really see what difference it makes how difficult or otherwise it is - a few issues with eating out or five extra minutes reading some ingredients on packaging are surely worth it for the knowledge that I have, in a way, saved an animal from an untimely death. 

The simple truth is that if you genuinely believe that something is right, you will be prepared to make the effort to do it. If you're not that committed to it or don't understand it, then you're not going to make the effort. 

The older I get, the more committed to vegetarianism I become. I know some people move in the opposite direction. Whether that's simply because they get fed up with the effort it does take, or if they truly believe that standards have changed sufficiently for them to start eating meat again, it's a lifestyle change I can't really get my head around. The longer I'm veggie, the more veggie I become! 

With this blog, I'm hoping to delve deeper into all kinds of issues surrounding vegetarianism, veganism, general ethical living, the rising interest in cruelty-free cosmetics and toiletries, and animal welfare standards and I have a feeling that, in the process, I might learn more about people's choices, including my own.

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