Is a Soul Vegetarian Justified?
If you are planning a trip to a local farm where you can purchase your produce, you may wonder about the ethics of a soul vegetarian. Let’s look at these questions in a little more detail.
Why is a vegetarian considered a “soul” type of diet? In general, I think we are all trying to follow the moral codes that we hold dear. The point of going on a vacation is to spend time with family and friends. The responsibility to give thanks to those who helped us in our time of need lies squarely on your shoulders. And the concept of a soul diet is an expression of that responsibility.
However, is a vegetarian supposed to abstain from eating meat? If so, would that be “inappropriate” for those who are vacationing with you? I believe that the answer to this question is yes, because we are living in a world today where many people believe that the rule of eating meat is universal.
It’s important to remember that vegetarians are not all carnivores. A vegetarian could just as easily be a non-meat eater. For example, you could be a vegan, or simply a vegetarian, and still feel guilty because you didn’t eat all the meat on your vacation.
This feeling of guilt and regret can often plague vacationers. It is really no different than the feeling you might have if you were to take a vacation in a hospital where a very sick person was kept. In that situation, you would be all too familiar with the thoughts of “Oh well, it wasn’t my fault.”
So, what’s the bottom line? A vegetarian is a vegetarian – that is what we should be concerned with.
A vegetarian is someone who avoids meat, milk, or any other type of animal product. Whether they eat eggs, cheese, poultry, fish, shellfish, or any other types of animal product, they should be considered a vegetarian.
Not everyone follows a vegetarian moral code. Some people believe that a meat eater is supposed to eat all the meat – that’s not a vegetarian.
People who participate in a meat-eating culture are thought of as part of that culture. However, if they do not practice a “vegetarian” lifestyle, then they are still perceived as part of the same culture.
Some of the vegetarians are just trying to be healthy and maintain their good health while maintaining their moral code. These people could still be considered part of the same culture because their goal is to maintain good health and avoid illness. A soul vegetarian would consider them part of the same group.
Those who participate in a meat eater mentality are those who don’t consciously have a choice. They know that they would like to partake in the carnal pleasures of eating meat, but it is something that they can’t do without. In that case, they are “whole-heartedly” committed to the same lifestyle that is destructive to our planet.
Of course, just because you have a good reason for practicing a vegetarian lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to choose to be a vegetarian. You are free to change your vegetarian lifestyle in order to maintain good health and enjoy the pleasures of meat.