Re: Are you a veggiesaurus?
I usually say that I'm an omnivore. I don't eat a lot of meat, but I think it's natural to eat it. It was brought up in the discussion on the Introduction that we are so removed from our meat...we usually see it all impersonal & wrapped in plastic.
In Asia, you see it in slabs of animal, hanging in an outdoor market.
Once, while in Korea, I had my quintessential 'yes, I am an omnivore' moment. I was out to lunch with a businessman student, and he asked me if I liked sashimi. Yes. He orders, and out comes this beautifully arrayed full fish, its scales removed, its underside flesh splayed out to the sides, all of it perfectly scored in bite-sized chunks.
I took my chopsticks in one hand, a leaf of lettuce in another, and took a piece of the flesh...
...and the fish moved.
That was it, I thought to myself. Today I become a Buddhist. Then I thought about it -- would I be willing, if I were starving, to kill and skin a deer? Whack a fish on the head to kill it. Slaughter my own pig?
I thought to myself, am I a vegetarian, or an omnivore who takes full responsibility for my place in the food chain?
I'm an omnivore. I made my decision (and not lightly), and ate that fish.
And yes, it was weird.
"All beings are the owners of their deeds, the heirs to their deeds."
Loricat's Book Nook
Celebrating the Absurd