Sunday, February 1, 2009

Reunion Dinner

It is extremely hard to resist meaty dishes, the temptation is tremendously inviting, to resist is a daunting task, requires stringent disciplines in mind and body movement(the act of not picking up those meat and put them in the mouth).

Especially when it comes to once a year reunion dinner, sweet and sour chicken,tender juicy boiled chicken dipped with traditional heavenly spring onion sauce, aromatic roasted pork, dried sweet pork slices, crispy tasty marinated pork steamed with spiced slices of yam in between(my favorite), gigantic luscious mushrooms stuffed with succulent marinated meats, delicious tender beef meatballs, rice wine laced steamed fresh fish,lightly salted fried scrumptious fresh prawns,and.... I am so hungry now.

I savored the prawns and fish, leaving the rest of the dishes for others generously.

It was a once a year event, I should have satisfied myself with nice food to the fullest logically,it didn't make sense to anyone, right? Rejecting delicious food spreading lavishly in front of me.

There was a reason, since I became a semi vegetarian, each time I greedily took some meat, the negative emotions would surface on the very next day, leaving me feeling anxious, angry and even depressed to some extent.

Almost all of my vegetarian friends have had the experience before, obviously I am not alone.

I found the below article convincingly helpful in supporting my own very humble theory;

The Vegetarian Fallacy(by Dr. Ronald Hoffman)
Wednesday, May 28, 2006

Recently, I came across the website of a natural health advocate, an avowed vegetarian, who wrote the following about "The Connection Between Meat and Emotion":

"What you see in meat eaters - -especially beef eaters -- is a lot of internal anger, fear and violence. Just look around. Pick ten people that you know who eat a lot of meat and rate their level of emotional stability, anger, fear, and violence."

"Then take ten people who are vegetarians or vegans and do that same exercise. Then compare those two groups of ten. You will find an amazing correlation. All the people who eat plant-based diets -- vegetarians or vegans -- are non-violent. They are not angry. They do not live in fear. They do not support war and violence. They do not treat others inhumanely."

"Now, compare that to meat eaters, which is what I used to be. Meat eaters are violent, and fearful. They support war. They might own many guns and like to use them. They might go hunting just so they can kill an animal and put its trophy on their wall. That is a classic behavior of meat-eating people. They support all kinds of violent acts by society."

"For example, they typically support the death sentence. They also think that animals can be treated cruelly without any real consequences. They do not believe in animal rights. They do not believe that animals really have to be taken care of. They just rather believe that humans can destroy, kill, torture and maim whatever they want -- even other humans."

"You see, their lack of compassion does not stop with animals. It also extends to other people. That is why people who eat a lot of beef and red meat also support war. They have no problem with the U.S. invading other countries, bombing civilians and killing tens of thousands of people. They have no problem with it at all as long as they can eat their steak and say, 'Oh, we are fighting for freedom.' That is very characteristic of meat eaters."

Whew! You get the idea. To support these dogmatic assertions, this health authority invokes an old theory: that of the "emotional contamination" of meat. According to this hypothesis, the terror of slaughter is somehow imprinted into the tissues of animals which are used in the domesticated food supply, and these "negative emotions" of fear and anger are somehow imparted to the human consumers of the meat.

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