Meat Without Guilt?

Meat Without Guilt?

Philadelphia is renown for its Philly Cheesesteak developed in the early 20th century. Although not as famous as the rival Pat's and Geno's restaurants, Ishkabibble's located on South Street offers one of the best steaks in the city. The word "Ishkabibble" is a slang expression also from the early 20th Century which means "I should worry"? or "Who cares"?

Vegetarianism is adopted for reasons varying from ethical and health to religious, political, environmental and economical. The earliest records of vegetarianism are from the 6th Century BCE India and Greece. In both regions, it was practiced with the idea of nonviolence towards animals. Many ethical vegetarians believe in moral equivalence between animals and humans.

The health benefits of vegetarianism is a widely studied and controversial issue. Vegetarians tend to be more conscious of what they eat and they are less likely to be obese. Obesity, uncommon until the 20th century, has become an epidemic especially in high-income countries. The main causes of obesity are, deteriorating dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles. Many of us consume highly processed, energy-dense fast-foods in large portions. We travel using cars and and work less physically demanding jobs. Television and Internet do not help.

Before we get into ethical and statistical debates about vegetarianism vs. carnivorism, we should instead feel guilt about our inability or unwillingness to balance our lives. Although hypocrisy is inevitable, seeking balance may lead to the resolution of some of our ethical dilemmas.

[A friend who read this post in advance complained about my asking to "feel guilt about lack of balance in our lives". This is not a bad thing. Only psychopaths do not experience shame, guilt, or remorse for their actions. Some people differentiate between existential guilt based on harm done to others and guilt we experience due to internal conflict. Internal Conflict is integral to human nature. It can sometimes be crippling, but it can also be liberating...]
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