Vegetarianism is only a higher level of view insomuch as it is based on the level of awareness one wishes to have on how animals are treated.
Is it because when someone says this they are putting you down for not following their stance?
Well, even if vegetarianism is morally superior to carnivorous activity, I'd argue that being judgmental and snooty towards others for not being vegetarians is morally questionable.
Same with Christians who stick their nose up at others, convinced that because they uttered some magic words they are "saved", and have the audacity to tell others that unless you utter those magic words, your eternity will be spent in Hell. I'm a Christian, but those cats have some serious issues.
I completely agree. I can understand reactions to "Whats wrong with you" and "You have no compassion". They are weak statements that solve nothing between two perceptions, But I try not to hold it against those people, or else I would stop learning from them. Whatever knowledge they may have.
I wish everyone had this mindset.
If they did, would McDonalds and Burger King be out of business?
MFTP: how can we observe and measure suffering? I'm not sure that suffering can be measure in any objective way, however, observing suffering is easy.
For example: go hit your dog, hard. Tomorrow, raise your fist at the dog as though you are going to strike and see if the dog cowers. Well, no, do not strike your dog: but you get the point. We can witness these animals avoid suffering and abuse.
It would be an extremely foolish and self-serving accusation to define what animal-plant-fish-insect life is expendable and what life is insulated from consumption or destruction, while is some scenarios we do not even have access to a choice.
Is it suffering?
P.S. How do we reconcile the empirically measurable truth of our CANINE teeth, while espousing the detriments of meat-eating.
"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite." - Leo Tolstoy.
I'm seriously thinking about vegetarianism for myself, as I hope to be an advocate of nonviolence in the future... and this would appear to contradict with any meat eating.
The great question is though, where IS the line drawn? If my blood is being sucked by a mosquito, must I let it be? What if ants were to get into my vegetables? In my opinion, if one becomes a vegetarian for ethical reasons, they must draw a line somewhere. And the tiniest insect suffers as much as the cow, the chicken, and the human being.
Eating vegetables, fruit, and whole grains works wonderfully for me, and without a doubt for some of the animals I see.
It's a healthier Way to go, for us All.
Wait, don't extrapolate your beliefs out to health now. As one that is versed in basic nutrition, I could easily rebut this statement and show how animal proteins, amongst many of the macronutrients you leave out of your diet, could provide great health [if not better than fruits and grain alone]
Don't extrapolate the health benefits of the cows and chickens and fish I won't kill or eat. Their's that self-evident thing again. And as for me, a vegetarian diet again works wonderfully, I feel great and humane and equal and One!