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Have you ever wanted to try something new that went against your cultural/religious/moral beliefs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 24, 2012 at 4:26 AM

I'm Jewish but I'm curious as to how feral swine meat tastes

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 28, 2012
at 10:49 PM

"Jews don't have hell. We have acid reflux."

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 26, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Or like old-school Catholics who still have fish on Fridays, even though they aren't required to do so anymore. Tradition dies hard! :)

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Okay. Well, I've only ever wanted to try things that went against my beliefs since, oh, about age 5? I guess I was never meant for them.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 25, 2012
at 06:37 AM

It's not so much that I'm asking for urging to go against beliefs I'm just curious if anyone else has ever wanted to

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 24, 2012
at 11:19 PM

@Luckie - oh ok, yes. Then we're on the same page. I think for many it can also be about cultural identity/maintaining tradition (even if they don't "believe").

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Yes, just because it's nasty. It always tastes like mud to me, whether it is fresh, frozen, even smoked.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Except Jews don't believe in hell, either. =)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Do you avoid catfish because it is simply a nasty tasting fish (yum...bottom feeding scum) or for some other reason?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 05:53 PM

@Mike T - that's my point. They do it because they believe and have faith, not necessarily because it's logical. Perhaps the religious belief was rooted in logic, such as public health, at one point or another, but that's not generally why the religious follow the rules now.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on December 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Mike T- this is correct. It is part of my self-identity and there is a certain sense of belonging I get from self-control. There is more to life than just food. Not saying that this is right for everybody, but it is right for me.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on December 24, 2012
at 03:42 PM

@Luckie - Yes! Unless you are a believer, then it seems there is no other explanation than logic. Would someone go through all that effort for random entertainment? :) Not to offend anyone, but I think a primary goal of religion is control (sometimes benevolent, sometimes malevolent). I believe dietary requirements served two purposes. One was public health as mentioned by Patrick (whether based on good science or bad science). The other was to maintain cultural identify. If you can't eat with someone, it makes it much less likely you'll assimilate.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:40 PM

@Luckie - Yes! Unless you are a believer, then it seems there is no other explanation than logic. Not to offend anyone, but I think a primary goal of religion is control (sometimes benevolent, sometimes malevolent). I believe dietary requirements served 2 purposes. One was public health as mentioned by Patrick (whether based on good science or bad science). The other is to maintain cultural identify. If you can't eat with someone, it makes it much less likely to assimilate.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:29 PM

It is hard to find a good feral swine where I live. They all eat sh&%.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Is there a logical reason that you would think religious beliefs were based on logic? ;)

0a819d945f30ae46a104d7a14e50e739

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on December 24, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Those rules were originally made for health reasons I'm sure, but I think those health reasons are now moot. Just make sure you cook it long enough. Is there a logical reason pig would be any worse than ox?

0a819d945f30ae46a104d7a14e50e739

(105)

on December 24, 2012
at 12:38 PM

why did you give them up?

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61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

on December 24, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Like it was forbidden only so god could keep it all to himself.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 24, 2012
at 02:29 PM

No dietary restrictions for me! I love being an atheist, lol.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on December 24, 2012
at 09:10 AM

Just eat the pork. Bet you a fiver that you don't get hit by lightening / eternally damned.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:53 AM

Kind of like having sex as a teenager, or masturbating. Should I or shouldn't I? Will god punish me? In the end it's your call.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Even though I was never religious, I did feel a little bad the first time I ate pork because I grew up Seventh-Day Adventist. Old habits die hard, even if there isn't active belief. But to be clear, I am completely over it and pig is my favorite animal. I also eat non kosher seafood, except catfish, on a regular basis.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Do you avoid catfish because it is simply a nasty tasting fish (yum...bottom feeding scum) or for some other reason?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Yes, just because it's nasty. It always tastes like mud to me, whether it is fresh, frozen, even smoked.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on December 24, 2012
at 07:58 AM

I'm also Jewish. I don't mix red meat and dairy but I've heard that steak is really good with butter. I just can't get myself to try it, though.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:42 PM

@Luckie - Yes! Unless you are a believer, then it seems there is no other explanation than logic. Would someone go through all that effort for random entertainment? :) Not to offend anyone, but I think a primary goal of religion is control (sometimes benevolent, sometimes malevolent). I believe dietary requirements served two purposes. One was public health as mentioned by Patrick (whether based on good science or bad science). The other was to maintain cultural identify. If you can't eat with someone, it makes it much less likely you'll assimilate.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on December 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Mike T- this is correct. It is part of my self-identity and there is a certain sense of belonging I get from self-control. There is more to life than just food. Not saying that this is right for everybody, but it is right for me.

0a819d945f30ae46a104d7a14e50e739

(105)

on December 24, 2012
at 12:40 PM

Those rules were originally made for health reasons I'm sure, but I think those health reasons are now moot. Just make sure you cook it long enough. Is there a logical reason pig would be any worse than ox?

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:40 PM

@Luckie - Yes! Unless you are a believer, then it seems there is no other explanation than logic. Not to offend anyone, but I think a primary goal of religion is control (sometimes benevolent, sometimes malevolent). I believe dietary requirements served 2 purposes. One was public health as mentioned by Patrick (whether based on good science or bad science). The other is to maintain cultural identify. If you can't eat with someone, it makes it much less likely to assimilate.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 26, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Or like old-school Catholics who still have fish on Fridays, even though they aren't required to do so anymore. Tradition dies hard! :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Is there a logical reason that you would think religious beliefs were based on logic? ;)

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on December 24, 2012
at 11:19 PM

@Luckie - oh ok, yes. Then we're on the same page. I think for many it can also be about cultural identity/maintaining tradition (even if they don't "believe").

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 05:53 PM

@Mike T - that's my point. They do it because they believe and have faith, not necessarily because it's logical. Perhaps the religious belief was rooted in logic, such as public health, at one point or another, but that's not generally why the religious follow the rules now.

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D747cba2ff408c24250d7a8d87be4104

(75)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:50 AM

im jewish (not religous though) living in israel, and i wish pork was more easily available here. Plus i cook almost everything with butter.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 24, 2012
at 05:28 AM

Feral swine? I am not Jewish, but I gave up all pork products. I don't like (and don't miss) the taste of pork meat, but lard and bacon taste really great. Especially fried. Fried bacon is fabulous - crunchy and crispy. And lard fried with eggs and vegetables is superb.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:29 PM

It is hard to find a good feral swine where I live. They all eat sh&%.

0a819d945f30ae46a104d7a14e50e739

(105)

on December 24, 2012
at 12:38 PM

why did you give them up?

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0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on December 25, 2012
at 01:04 AM

I think it's interesting people actually ask these kinds of questions on forums. If the advice or urging from random strangers on the internet is all it takes to get you to compromise on your religious beliefs, you must not be that committed to your "faith" in the first place.

Think for yourself and do what you feel is best. Simple as that.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on December 25, 2012
at 06:37 AM

It's not so much that I'm asking for urging to go against beliefs I'm just curious if anyone else has ever wanted to

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Okay. Well, I've only ever wanted to try things that went against my beliefs since, oh, about age 5? I guess I was never meant for them.

0
Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on December 24, 2012
at 04:40 PM

If nibbling pork is your biggest sin I think you're ok.

0
62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

on December 24, 2012
at 03:25 PM

If there's bacon in hell anyway, what does it matter?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on December 24, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Except Jews don't believe in hell, either. =)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 28, 2012
at 10:49 PM

"Jews don't have hell. We have acid reflux."

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