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Incomplete thoughts about veganism

carnism, fake spiritual epiphanies, and lobster pets

1/3 Carnism is a cool, dark word.

The word vegan isn’t just a diet choice. It carries a lot of carry-on baggage. What this person values. What they’ll talk about at the dinner table, to you, when you don’t ask. Their stance on animal welfare, social welfare, communism, organic fair trade coffee, and — probably — abortion. But a person who eats meat. That’s a blank human-sized and scented canvas. They could be a poet, a humanitarian, a neo-nazi or an old fashioned one. It carries no baggage. It’s the default mode. And you can’t attack a philosophy without honing it down to what it implies and giving it a name. And lo, carnism. I came across this word while reading Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy. What is it? From their website:

2/3 Unnecessarily spiritualizing the pathos of veganism

When I think about it, eating meat sends the heebie jeebies down from under my tongue, up to the base of my brain, and down to my stomach. Seeing a rabbit hopping about in my building’s lobby brings me joy and imagining it’s carcass in a tureen terrifies me. I imagine the animal, their life, their possible past idiosyncrasies. Was this one more afraid than his sisters or brothers? Or was he like a cool rabbit, jumping off carrot trees to show off his hops? Many carnists don’t think about this when eating meat. Or maybe they do and repress it. They are focused on more important things, like effective altruism, and not paying much attention to what they’re munching on.

3/3 Lobsters are fucking cool.

This guy went ahead and did what I always wanted to do. Head to a grocery store’s section where they have live lobsters, pick it up and put it in a dope tank:

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