Relative Values

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Today I’d like to share with you two conversations.

The first was a brief exchange between two people who had been out to dinner, and a vegan.


“What did you have to eat?”.


“I had the chicken and XXX had the halibut. It was really nice.”


“Nice for everyone apart from the chicken and halibut.”


“Yeah, but it tasted good!”


What I find disquieting is the assumption that the person enjoying their food trumps the fact that it cost a living being their life. There’s no regret, no remorse, no embarrassment (unless the attempt at humour in the closing comment was designed to mask discomfort?). Making so light of the loss of lives to satisfy momentary desires demonstrates complete disregard for sentient beings and a failure to place any value upon their lives.


The second was an online dialogue in response to a posting on Facebook, by a vegan. The posting was a brief YouTube video explaining why ‘Dairy is scary’. Below is an exact reproduction of the exchange:


SCARY IS EATING VEGAN CHEESE WITH ALL THE INGREDIENTS i HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE!


Did you watch it?


No. I don’t want to be a vegan and I prefer not to have veganism thrown down my throat....sorry.