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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Defending Vegetarianism
I'm a lacto vegetarian. Primarily because I was born into a family with vegetarian eating habits. The fact that I wear leather shoes and sport woolen trousers without a trace of compunction goes to show that my ethical code in these matters is not without hypocritical exceptions.

Greg Mankiw, in his blog, cites the strongest defence of herbivore eating habits that I've come across thus far.
Aliens from another planet, with vastly superior intelligence to humans, land on earth in order to consume humans as food. What argument could you make to convince the aliens not to eat us that would not also apply to our consumption of
beef?
Strong stuff.
Suppose for the sake of argument that our utility to these intelligent aliens as food is greater than our utility to them in our productive capacity. In which case, it would be perfectly rational for the aliens to kill and consume humans! Chilling thought.

Alternatively, the same argument can also be used in defence of VS Naipaul's opening line in the Bend in the River
The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.

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