These were my favorite lines 10 years ago. It was not that I was a heartless person with no feelings for other creatures. For me, meat was always a thing and not a dead animal. I had always eaten it, and it was apart of my diet since it was a high protein item, I never missed to eat it. Most of my friends from that time are vegetarians. They used to share with me how they feel about meat. They used to wonder how people can eat dead animals.
I did not leave meat because I cared so much about those animals. I left it, because of the way it made me feel. It felt good in the tongue but not so good in the stomach. It is heavy and because it was tasty, I would overeat till I could eat no more.
It took me time to realize that it was actually not some thing but some one I was eating. And that some one had some feelings before it became something. To understand what I am talking about, go to Youtube and search for a video titled "Meet your Meat". It shows very little of how animals are bred and treated before they finally reach our dinning tables.
It might ring a bell or might not affect you at all. When I watched it for the first time, it didn't. But eventually it did. It is all right to be born in a family that eats and promotes meat. You know it as a type of food and you consume it.
I am sure there are many readers here who are not Vegans or even vegetarians. It is all right. I did not give it all up in a day. I just replaced one meal at a time. If you really think there is something good in vegetarianism, read about it. Find out more and look at it with an open mind. When you know more about it, you are enthusiastic about it and the rest automatically takes a back seat.
The animals who could have been your food will thank you. Try it and you will feel good from inside.
Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)