Saturday, December 1, 2012

Semi-Vegan

It was 12.21am, and I was going to have a replacement class on a Saturday morning, supposingly to be waking up in 6 hours.

I met up expectedly with an old friend today and we engaged on a conversation on the topic of vegetarian. I changed my diet to semi-vegetarian in end of April. First question to be asked, what is semi vegetarian? It is where someone adopts a heavily vegetables-based diet. In my case, I only consume meat at most twice a week, usually during special or family dinner.

Second question to be asked, WHY on earth would you choose to be a vegetarian? Isn't it torturing? At each time, the voice inside me are asking back WHY on earth do you want to be a slave to the labour market, sacrificing 15 hours a day on travelling and working. Isn't it more torturing? Perhaps the difference is one can choose to be a vegetarian while one will have to be in the labour force for money. Answering my second question, I just got sick of eating meat, literally.

Most of my friends know the incident which transformed me into a semi-vegetarian. It was my resolution last year but I achieved it this year, with my own will. Since I couldn't sleep, and my mind was switching to its thought factory. I shall write this down as I never phrase my thoughts of becoming a semi-vegetarian into words before. Because I never want to explain myself, if possible.

Firstly, it is due to the fact I was disgusted with myself for acting like a carnivore. When I saw the platter of meat laying in front of me in Tony Romas back in April, I wondered OHMYGOD how many animals have died for my consumption, to satisfy my utility? Oh yes, they are incredibly tasty. But they were born to die where they were killed, skin was peeled, bones were detached, meat was cooked on hot fire with spices, laid on a plate, displayed on the table where consumers were like hungry bears and put them in their fist of stomach.

There are people who hail themselves as animal lovers, pet lovers, etc. Are chickens, cows, lambs, pigs, fishes, ducks, not animals? Just because they are not cute like cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits? So now there is also inequality in animals, categorised by cuteness or being a pet.

Another discussion about my diet if I take eggs or milk or not. Oh yes, it is my only source of protein and as long as the food does not involve in killing animals, it is edible. Eggs might be regarded as a life in there after a period of time, according to my friend. He related it to a baby in a woman's stomach. I didn't really think or relate to the issue before, because as long as it is not meat, it is fine. The egoistic me wanted to find an answer, that was probably why my thought factory is on, lol.

Well, the question is, if you treat the baby in your stomach as a life, then egg as in the-eggs-you-eat is a life, you are violating your principle. Biologically speaking, if I quote what I remembered learning in form 5, a sperm and the ovum fuse to form a embryo, then a foetus is born. In a real egg form, the eggs-I-eat is an embryo, an embryo is not fully-formed life. The chick in the egg is a foetus, that is life. To sum words up, eating eggs is not killing lives.

My main aim of being a semi-vegetarian, is to consume less meat. There are voices saying 'as if you being a semi-vegetarian will change the world's consumption on meat. C'mon, you are just 1 out of 7 billion people in the world'. I don't attempt to change world, the world is already barely coping with the changes they are facing. Plus I am not that noble. It is a personal choice and I am taking it well, I can't wait for the first anniversary.

I am not sure if in the future, I will adopt to be a full vegetarian. So far the idea of 2-meals-a-week-with-meat works well. But I heard cases that people resume their omnivorous/carnivorous diet after 5 years of being a full vegetarian. So I might give up being a semi-vegetarian, maybe.

I believe things will eventually happen, as long as you have a will, a strong will. My urge to study haven't come along which is bothering me, probably I have a will, but it ain't planting to my mind yet. If one persists on doing something, no one can stop you unless your spirit dampens.


Love,
Wen Xin