December 16 – Friendship
How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
(Author: Martha Mihalick)
So I've either been too busy or not interested enough in the prompts to write for the past few days. However, today's prompt needs to be discussed, because one of my friends profoundly influenced the way I live my life.
My friend Amy Jesse convinced me to go vegetarian.
Amy's one of the most unapologetic and least hypocritical animal rights proponent that I know. Although I don't always agree with her views (example: her allegiance with PETA), she has a way of articulating her arguments that makes them difficult to refute. Listening to her views, coupled with a viewing of the documentary "Food, Inc.," convinced me it was time to cut meat from my diet. I started in January, immediately cutting out pork, chicken and beef. Once the BP spill occurred in the Gulf, I cut out fish. I have made an effort not buy any new leather accessories (although I am having a really tough time with finding cute, non-leather shoes in my size). I feel I'm doing my part in my own way and I'm happy with the decision I made.
I want to go off-topic for a moment, however. I have never found myself as questioned in my beliefs as I am over MY PERSONAL CHOICE to not eat meat. Seriously, what the fuck is that about? I could care less what you do when it comes to eating. Do I feel a certain way about eating meat? Yeah, I do. But that doesn't mean that I go around harassing people at steakhouses. So what right do you have to question the leather seats in my car (a '98 that I paid for in cash in '07, so suck it)? Or how I haven't cut out dairy? Why are people so threatened by the personal actions of another person when it absolutely doesn't involve them? I think it's because those who question are trying to justify their own actions by poking holes in my lifestyle. If you feel guilt about eating meat, then that's your baggage - I already made peace with mine.
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