Whiner’s Letters*. Let Live and Live, We Say -
A letter in the Sunday Times whining about vegetarians. A letter in the Sunday Times whining about vegetarians.
We have come across similar attitudes defended in newspaper columns explaining the supposed rules of etiquette. Would the commentators assume similar postures if the vegetarian happened to be Jewish, Muslim, Hindu-teetotal or with an aversion or allergy to peanuts, dairy-products, or is a celiac? The quality of deference seems unduly strained. Non-vegetarians, especially those who say Grace before a communal repast, should understand that veggies can harbor a deep-felt disgust at the appearance on the table of the defiled mortal remains of a cow that surpasses reservations if meat-eaters addressed themselves to a suitably-served cow pat on a plate – a nicely-fermented natural vegetable product, freely given by a non-violated animal.
There’s hope yet for us veggies. Some of us remember the days when smokers would invade non-smokers’ designated territories without apology. The day can’t be far off when carnivores will need no reminding that we are glad to offer hospitality in territories unsullied by a miasma of cruelty.