For lunch today I grilled an all-beef hot dog and made coleslaw. This combination is one of my favorite meals. However, this time I found myself feeling guilty. Earlier this morning I read an essay about the possibility that plants may possess a form of intelligence that we humans do not yet understand.
I could rationalize eating the hot dog by making myself believe that the cow had lived a happy life and had died of old age; perfect for use in hot dogs. I was not guilty of causing the murder of a cow.
However, chopping up a head of cabbage left me feeling less sanguine. There was no way around it. I had taken a healthy, fresh head and shredded it to satisfy my own craving. What had I done? I had blood (actually mayo) on my hands.
Here is the essay that ruined my day and may change my life. https://qz.com/1294941/a-debate-over-plant-consciousness-is-forcing-us-to-confront-the-limitations-of-the-human-mind/ “Acknowledging plant intelligence could put us in an awkward position. Perhaps there is nothing we can eat that isn’t some form of murder, not even salad.”
Vegans sometimes seem to claim the moral high ground. They may need to reconsider.