Friday, June 23, 2017
Vegetarianism or Food Fad
Some vegetarians have a near obsession with meat and its consumption and little or no interest or concern about any other kind of cruelty towards animals (the circus, animals used in labor or entertainment, exotic pets) or they exhibit a carelessness towards the environment in which animals and humans need to live.
For many vegetarians, simply abstaining from meat is enough. From a thoughtful Buddhist perspective, this may not be enough.
You can be a scrupulous vegetarian and at the same time be unkind and uncaring towards other Beings.
Vegetarianism is good, but if it does not go hand-in-hand with a compassionate regard for all human and animal life it's just another food fad.
If a person decides to be a vegetarian, may they be aware and be an intelligent and compassionate one.