Originally Posted by Smithie
Anybody who thinks of themselves as the tolerant missionary and me as the cannibal-equivalent is not welcome in my home, let alone at my table. If a person really equates animal murder with human murder, then I don't see how they could form or maintain any kind of emotional bond with meat-eaters.
Perhaps because you are so intolerant of vegetarians' beliefs, you find it difficult to imagine other people with very strong beliefs that nonetheless are able to commune with people who don't share them?
|Having raised both, I truly have zero respect or tolerance for a person who can't see that the life of a baby and the life of a chick are not morally equal commodities.
You have zero tolerance for the person, or the belief?
I am pretty specific in my beliefs but I can tolerate many people, with the understanding that every single person on this earth is mistaken about a heck of a lot, including myself.
I would MUCH rather sit at a table with a tolerant person who believes I'm wrong about eating chicken than with an intolerant person who thinks I'm right about chicken!
I mean, have you ever looked at it from the chicken's point of view? Sure, you're bigger and you THINK the chicken is stupider, but you don't really know that (it's all based on the unproven assumption that brainwaves = intelligence, which has never been proved because that relies on a further assumption, that expression of intelligence = intelligence).
I mean, you don't even know I'm not a computer.
|But seriously. This theoretical aggressive radical vegan - the one who runs shrieking from the dinner table and ruins Thanksgiving - is a red herring. The OP is certainly not mired in that kind of extremism. She knows that people are more important than poultry. So I'm not sure why we're borrowing that level of trouble here.
Really? She hasn't said so.
And frankly, running screaming from a table is a different issue entirely from asking someone politely to please not feed her children dead animals until they can fully comprehend what they are doing and choose it.
I didn't bring up someone screaming running from a table.
I brought up specific beliefs about animals and humans. Not screaming from a table.
You seem to want to paint people with different beliefs as rude (though rudeness is not inherently connected to beliefs about the sanctity of life, human or otherwise), and you do not tolerate people with different beliefs about the world. Why would you suggest that vegetarians do otherwise?