An ISM, yes!
After reading the extracts from One Hundred and One Reasons For Becoming a Vegetarian (from Michael Pollan’s book entitled “the Omnivore’s Dilemma“) in some other blog. …
A list of facts such as these contain all quantitative information. Even if they are ‘real’ figures in the world, what is quantifiable in a quantum universe, anyway? – I mean, should we not have all died already?
The majority of us (in the ‘rich’ world at least) have been ‘immunized’ by way of vaccinations, multi-vitamins, desensitization from gas (from motor vehicles) or anesthetized (e.g. from tobacco).
The point I’m trying to make here is that I think many of us still fail to get it (and vegetarians have a tendency – as might ex-smokers and allies non-smokers – to be (become) radical thinkers). These attitudes are unhealthy.
A hell lot of money is to be made from the health-food products (not to mention ‘yoga’ paraphernalia). For many, that still comes before health.
Siddhartha Buddha refrained from eating meat too, once, but don’t forget that the outcome of this was the realisation that yogic austerities are not the end-all to life (though
earthly life might bring us to question lots, but to do ‘everything in moderation’ – and to love one oneself and then our neighbours – is the key. To have a BALANCED and healthy enough also diet helps.
Yes, by all means, refrain from killing your mother (e.g. a cow) and the rest follows naturally.
I suggest re-reading and meditating on the ancient inscription above the entrance to the temple of Apollo at Delphi: ‘Know thyself’ because this isthe key, the know-all and
Just look at the big picture – WE are part of the eco-system –Supremacism, of any kind, would have us believe otherwise. Better to keep a clear conscience: All things die someday, one way or another. In time, our little planet itself might ‘meet its maker’ –
man-subjected or meteoric destruction)
The real killers are (and this need not be scientifically proven) self-denial, self-deprecation, self-deceit, deceit of others and ‘plain’ meanness, and disbelief
in our own sense of intuition, and conceit, depression, dogmatism, making sarcastic and cynicical remarks, complaining and procrastination — not to mention the Capital Vices.