This is Why I’m Not #4: On Weakness

Nobody who lives in a western country, and perhaps anywhre, can aboid exploiting completely, whether it’s animals, humans and.or the environment. But attempts to justify a return to cruelty are more appalling to me than people who do so out of ignorance. It’s the mark of a strong person who desires to eat animal flesh and avoids so because of the desire to cause least harm. It is a weak person who gives into such desires, and makes me at least wonder what other kinds of expliotation will be justifiable to someone who can turn their back on the most vulnerable population in the world.

The comments continue to come in, and it is interesting to me what sort of things are still arising on VoC. My main interest in this post is this idea of strength/weakness.

It’s the mark of a strong person who desires to eat animal flesh and avoids so because of the desire to cause least harm. It is a weak person who gives into such desires… –Commentator on VoC

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak. –Matthew 14:38

The turn to flesh is seen as a weakness, an ethical falling, the ultimate sin of veganism. Vegans who desire meat, but do not eat it are strong. They place the tenants of veganism before even their own bodily desires (or even possibly needs).

Those who have fallen, well we are weak. Unable to overcome the frailties of our own humanity/animality we are returned to the world of sinners and flesh-munchers.

And since we’ve committed the ultimate sin, who knows what other nasty things we may engage in:

[M]akes me at least wonder what other kinds of expliotation will be justifiable to someone who can turn their back on the most vulnerable population in the world.

The ex-vegan is a potential hummer-driving, union-breaking, Nike-wearing, polluting, racist, sexist, asshole. After all, they have already turned their back on “the most vulnerable. ” What’s to demarcate them from the average American now?

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One Response to This is Why I’m Not #4: On Weakness

  1. sun-sister says:

    i really like the religious take on this one . . . very interesting. i’ve often thought of my own veganism as an attempt to “conquer” something “base” in myself.

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