The other night I went out to dinner with a couple of friends. We ventured into a small town Mexican restaurant. When I mean small town, I mean they were serving us food from what seemed to be their kitchen and the place could only sit about 15 people. This is the second time I’ve gone there and I was feeling adventurous. I asked the waitress what vegetarian options they had or what she would recommend. She proceeded with a couple generic choices and ended with “oh and this is really good, it’s topped with egg yolk.” One of my friends told her that I don’t eat eggs; the waitress said “oh don’t worry, you can’t taste it.”
I ordered a burrito with rice and beans (just to be safe)
After this incident happened the topic of ignorance and vegetarianism came up.
It’s so sad how people are ignorant to what being a vegetarian or even a vegan means. I understand that people who don’t grow up around any non-meat eaters find it strange, but come on we live in the time where you can track your pizza during each stage. It’s especially sad that someone who works in a restaurant doesn’t understand what being a vegetarian means. I tried my best to explain to her what it meant to me and why I don’t eat meat or eggs.
My friend couldn’t believe this happened and he isn’t even a vegetarian. He proceeded to tell me how when he goes to some Asian Oriental restaurants he has to contemplate whether the meat is from a dog or a cat. I found his opinions and thoughts on it normal. But I had to tell him the way he views eating dogs and cats as being horrible is the way most vegetarians view eating any meat.
Who has the right to say which animal is edible? Aren’t we all? You can’t tell me that a chicken just tastes good and that they are meant to be eaten. Dogs can be just the same. Your opinions could be vastly different depending on your place of birth. Your opinions can be vastly different based on the environment you grew up in. Respect opinions of others, whether you agree or not. Be open to why others are different.
If you eat meat I’m not going to tell you to stop. I might tell you to try and get your meat from a local farmer that take care and don’t inject hormones (or whatever else) though, but that’s about it. Just don’t look at me like I’m a fool for not eating meat and don’t judge other countries for eating other types of meat.