Special Nutrition Of Modern Civilization And Ethical Aspects
As humanity grows older, it evolves. A part of this evolution is nutrition choices. Today, we more than ever have the ability to choose what we will eat, while until recently, it was a luxury to even have food. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, people still suffer from poverty and struggle to find food for themselves and their families. Focusing on western civilization, people don’t die due to lack of food. Lack of proper healthcare or poor living conditions is an issue in developed countries as well. However, food in the western world is not a taboo nowadays. And if you think that the word taboo is too eccentric to describe such a casual issue, let us remind you that a century ago, being fat was a sign of someone’s wealth, and it would not be shocking if people envied that person just because they had the resources to get a proper meal. Thankfully, we do not face the same problem anymore. Today, we can choose what we will eat depending on what we believe is better for us and nature.
But what about our choices regarding the types of food we will consume? Vegans do not eat meat, fish, and anything that comes from animals. Vegetarians allow dairy and food from animals like eggs and honey in their daily nutrition. Pescaderians avoid only meat, and they allow themselves to eat some fish. There are also people who are not just vegans, but they also refuse to cut vegetables and eat them. They eat only fruits that fall from the trees because they don’t want to ”kill” fruits as they believe that vegetables have life just like animals. Their point of view may sound extreme. However, if you think about it, it is not so weird. Plants also carry a kind of life, that’s for sure. These people do not want to deprive the right of living from animals and plants. Therefore they only eat vegetables that have already ”died.”
At this point, common vegans answer back with the following argument: Taking the example of an orange tree, we can see that the tree has leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. The flowers are the reproductive organs of the tree. They are essential for its reproduction from the bees and the wind. The fruits, on the other hand, according to this theory, are designed to be consumed. Studies showed that cutting flowers from a tree creates certain electromagnetic waves that show that the tree is ”unhappy” with this act. However, cutting its fruits has absolutely no consequences on the tree’s electromagnetic activity. Therefore, it is not unethical to cut the fruits because it is a natural activity that doesn’t hurt the tree. This is what vegans claim in terms of what is the right thing to do.
The most eccentric category would be the breatharians. They consume only liquids as they believe they provide a more nutritious diet to the body. Some of them consume only a single type of liquid in general. Believe it or not, some people have decided to drink only orange juice, for example, and this is all they get to have for the rest of their lives. In some way, the body adjusts to this lifestyle and manages to survive.
Focusing on the ethical point of view, is it wrong to eat meat? Let’s see what the other aspect has to say. Let’s move our thought to the jungle for a second, where everything is allowed, and the only ethical criterion is the criterion of survival. In the jungle, anything that serves life is good. So, the lion eats the giraffe. When the lion dies, it falls to the ground, and its corpse becomes grass. The giraffes of the next generation will eat the grass that grew on the ground. So, in a way, the next giraffes will eat the lion that ate their mother. This is the simple and symbolic way nature works. Actually, this is the example that Walt Disney decided to present in ”The Lion King,” one of the most adored films of Walt Disney. This is how Mufasa explains to his son Simba how life works.
In other words, every person chooses a different way to live, including their food choices. Based on what each one of us believes, we live different lives in general.
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