I just finished watching a Ted conference by Mark Bittman titled What’s wrong with what we eat, and it left me thinking.
I’m thinking about how I’m considering going ‘vegan’, and it hit me: Why are there even labels to classify the way we eat?
Because in our society, eating animal products is the “default setting”. Regular people don’t call the host the day before the party and say “Is it ok if I bring a carnivore appetizer to share?” The standard folk won’t walk into a restaurant and ask if they have carnivore options in their menu. Because meat and animal products are everywhere; they’re the default setting, and the assumption always is you eat them, too. You’re expected to.
It is clear to me now how conditioned we are from a young age by consequence of where we were born. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to start a rant against the government and society for the ills they’ve caused, that wouldn’t help much. This more like a step in the widening of my vision, my trying to understand why we do the things we do and believe the things we believe. I love to question things, and this matter is no different.
To watch the conference video, click here: