Anyone with a cause can fall into the trap of being overly serious. Many of MY posts have been either pretty grim or pretty angry. But the truth is that a little well-placed and well-meaning humor can go a long way to promote a cause, especially to those that aren’t
“believers.” I found an article this week on London’s Guardian.com that does this beautifully. Called “What Kind of Vegetarian Are You?“, it pokes a little fun at some classes of “vegetarians” as well as some of the obstacles and opposition that vegetarians face.
As the article explains, the trendiness of vegetarianism has made the definition of it harder to pin down.
One must feel sorry, then, for dyed-in-the-(artificial)-wool vegetarians who must share their space with those “veggies” who just happen to eat fish, the lacto-ovo-pesce-pollo-vegetarians (AKA the “two legs good, four legs bad” school of nutrition) and the reported 37% of American “vegetarians” who responded positively when asked if they’d eaten red meat in the past 24 hours.”
Funny, but can we deny that it’s true? We’ve all seen the interviews with celebrities who are “vegetarians” for about ten minutes or had friends that are “sorta” vegetarian. While there are different types of “real” vegetarians, the temporarily vegetarian are making it harder to be taken seriously.
Then, as the article points out, there’s the difficulty of explaining WHY we’re vegetarians.
When you start to search for a vegetarian raison d’être, you’re spoiled for choice. There’s the obvious “thou shalt not kill stuff” reason. Then there’s the “being nice to animals” reason – a most tricky subject that seemingly requires in-depth knowledge of the meat-production business, dairy trade and a comparative study of the nervous systems and psychologies of all beast, fowl and swimmy things in order to make an informed decision.”
I know I’m not the only one who has had to go into an in-depth explanation of my moral stand against eating meat. It was a lot easier when my decision was based mainly on the health benefits of a meatless diet. Even then, it can be hard trying to convince people that the research on the dangers of eating meat isn’t just some scare-tactic propaganda.
Now we also have all of the scientific evidence that a vegetarian diet is better for the planet, which may make it easier to justify our diets, since being green is often more widely accepted than being vegetarian.
As the article says, increasing research shows that raising livestock for food does incredible damage to our lands and promotes global warming, something to note to our environmental friends.
The article ends with a nice, upbeat note for vegetarians to share some good carnivore-friendly recipes, as that may do more for the cause than any of our lengthy explanations.
And for the sake of vegetarians at dinner parties everywhere: do please share your vegetarian recipes that drive meat-eaters equally wild. A thousand mushroom risottos beg for your mercy.”
Nothing wrong with a little vegetarian humor, especially when it makes a few good points.