For example, after a distaste for carbonated beverages my whole life, I recently discovered that hey, it’s not so bad. Now I’ve been trying new sodas all over the place (with my favorite so far being cream soda). It’s pretty momentous for me to know I can go to a party or another group event and actually drink soda along with everyone else, instead of looking for a drinking fountain or going beverage-less.
I guess that’s why it’s hard for me to understand how people can give up foods they like by choice, and willingly put themselves in a minority when it comes to what everyone else is eating. I understand doing it for health reasons, but it annoys me when people elevate their diet to a moral level. Just because you don’t eat meat doesn’t mean that people will stop eating handburgers, so stop acting like you’re singlehandedly saving the planet. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a vegan or a vegetarian, but it’s often the attitudes that come with the choice in diet.
And I’ve been a part in enough group functions where a venue choice that I’ve been looking forward to has been changed because enough vegans and vegetarians have voiced their objections. As a picky eater, I’ve often had to make do or go hungry when a group decides to eat somewhere I don’t want to – but I don’t complain, because I’m just one person who doesn’t want to ruin a group’s fun. When a voluntary minority infringes on what I get to eat, I get a little cranky.
This cartoon is my little way of poking fun at the whole thing. Fluttershy would be horrified. 🙂