You know, sometimes we get a little serious here on The Daily Radish, talking about things like pesticides and toxic ingredients and the horrors of commercial livestock production. But every now and then, we need to lighten up. HuffingtonPost.com has a wonderful article this week, called “The 17 Dumbest Things Vegetarians Have to Deal With.” It cracked me up and started my week off right and I wanted to share some of my favorite funny, but true, dumb things we gotta put up with.
1. Meeting someone who gets mad that you’re a vegetarian.
I’ve never really thought about this one, but it’s true. It does seem as though my vegetarianism has the ability to inconvenience people who have and will have nothing to do with my food.
2. When people don’t understand that you can be a vegetarian for reasons other than “loving animals.”
This one made me laugh. I know I’m not the only one who’s been regarded as something akin to Snow White. There have been people who seemed to think I spent all day frolicking in forests with little furry animals. As HP points out, there are lots of other reasons to be a vegetarian, such as “the fact that that vegetarians are less likely to die from heart disease, and studies show that they live longer than meat eaters.”
3. Being asked if you’d eat meat for a million bucks, or if you’d still refuse it if you were stuck on an island and would otherwise starve.
Yeah, I love that one. Like the authors, I’ve gotten the “Would you eat blank for blank amount of money?” proposition. I love their answer and I’m going to try to remember it long enough to use it:
Unfortunately no vegetarian has actually gotten rich from playing this game. The askers don’t usually have $1,000,000 in their pockets. As for the desert island scenario: Sure, we’d eat meat if we had to, but it might as well be yours. Does that make you feel better?”
4. The “plants are being killed, too” argument.
Oh wow, this one. We could go on and on about the fact that plants don’t feel pain and it’s like comparing apples to steaks, but is this argument really ever worth getting worked up over? Just ignore.”
5. “Friends” who try to trick you into eating meat.
Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with this one. But it wouldn’t be hilarious at all.
Check out the rest of HP’s list of the 17 dumbest things vegetarians have to deal with. It’ll make your day. Then share it – it’ll prove that vegetarians have a sense of humor, too.