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What's the best way to politely deal with a vegetarian?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 08, 2013 at 8:44 PM

When a vegetarian/vegan is telling you about how vegetarianism is compassionate and how animals have souls and consiousnesses, and you're a paleo, is there any right way to respond to that? I do agree that animals have souls and consiousnesses, and in the past I've dabbled with vegetarianism/veganism, but I also know that there is a food chain. How do you respond to vegetarian/vegans?

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on April 30, 2013
at 08:06 PM

"We weep for the blood of a bird, but not for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those with a voice.". It's far more comfortable that the banana can't look at you with wide eyes and meow. And yes, I did just quote an anime.

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on April 30, 2013
at 11:17 AM

When an animal is consumed by a human it is more likely to be reincarnated as a human, so your actually helping the animal with it's spiritual evolution. And of course say you only eat pastured animals not factory farmed.

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on March 11, 2013
at 02:04 AM

how to be polite

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on March 09, 2013
at 09:56 AM

What Anon said below.

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Avoid it the same way you'd avoid talking about any other divisive issue with someone you don't know particularly well: cut them off and start talking about something interesting instead. Their diets are basically religious beliefs (happens around these parts too, truth be told). Would you really expect to make headway in a conversation with someone where you're telling them they worship false idols?

Given enough time and enough health problems, these people will eventually find their way.

Edit: Alternately, you could adamantly claim that the paleo diet is why pictures like this exist:
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on April 30, 2013
at 12:43 AM

Robert Downey Jr. said it best, ???Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the !@#$ you were gonna do anyway.??? No need to try to 'open their eyes,' they think they will do the same for you.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Listen intently, nod occasionally, and say things like "mmmhmm" and "oh realy?" while knawing savagely on the largest turkey leg you can find. Huge BBQ beef ribs would also be acceptable.

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:33 PM

That's a tough one because it is usually a moral issue for these people, and you can't argue that. One shouldn't convince an athiest/christian or republican/democrat (pick any two beliefs) that they're wrong.

If you can't avoid a "spirited discussion" then the best thing to do is to agree with them. You do this by pointing out the similarities. "I think you're right. The way we treat animals is horrible. I think the way we treat vegetables is bad too!"

A lot of us on either side do pay attention to healthy eating, even though we may have different approaches. Ask them where they get their organic vegetables. Do they eat eggs? Do they eat honey or milk? What do they have to eat to get the full spectrum of essential amino acids? Ask sincerely, since everone will have a different approach.

If you get them talking about their point of view, you're not constantly being attacked for your point of view.

If they insist on getting into an argument, then the issue of being polite gets a bit more difficult. The only time this has happened to me, I kept my cool while they ranted and then said, "gosh, you guys are really aggressive and hostile! I always thought you were peaceful." They hemmed and hawed, but all I did was give a little look of dissapointment. That may not work for everyone, but it seemed to work for me.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:33 PM

@travis ..awwwwww....that dogs soooo cute.... :) lol

to the OP.. u can learn the following verbatim - or best idea is not to engage in an argument at all and just concentrate on the similarities between the 2 diets. Bash SAD diets and the like.

http://bigthink.com/age-of-engagement/how-to-win-an-argument-with-a-vegetarian

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Um, are you asking about how to be polite, or are you asking for for good arguments to trample the vegetarians into dust? :-)

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on March 11, 2013
at 02:04 AM

how to be polite

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on April 30, 2013
at 10:38 AM

My husband and most of my good friends are vegetarian and that's their right, they don't preach me so I give them the same respect!

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on March 08, 2013
at 11:07 PM

more people need to join People Against the Unethical Treatment of Cells. then we can all starve in stupidity together and die. because nitpicking between animal cells and plant cells is dumb. just be thankful for the food in front of you. soul or no soul, out in the wild, everything is fair game for survival.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:48 PM

when the student is ready the teacher will show him self.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:40 PM

Why bother. You wouldn't argue with someone about religion. Why would how they want to eat or you want to eat be any ones business?

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:30 PM

No point in arguing over it, neither of you are going to change each others mind. Just agree to disagree and move on.

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:12 PM

i just say that i value my health more than an animal's health. every food we eat is living whether it's meat or plants, so we gotta eat something, right?

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on April 30, 2013
at 08:06 PM

"We weep for the blood of a bird, but not for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those with a voice.". It's far more comfortable that the banana can't look at you with wide eyes and meow. And yes, I did just quote an anime.

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:04 PM

I would throw him on the grill with some salt and pepper and invite over all my other meat eating friends.

Oh wait, that's only if he was organically fed. If he eats any of that fake processed "Food Product" stuff I would just beat him with a large steak until the steak was tenderized and the dopey veggie guy admitted I was right.

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on April 30, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Read the below article- it's from a vegetarian/vegan celebrity that was forced to go paleo/eat animals because of the lack of nutrients that were available to her children. Great read- and keep in mind she has 12 vegan/vegetarian books that she's written.

http://kristensraw.com/blog/2013/03/17/my-vegan-diet-caused-health-problems-would-primal-paleo-or-real-food-be-better/

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on April 30, 2013
at 02:50 PM

If its a vegetarian, explain to them how factory farmed dairy is a much crueler pratice than grass fed meat. The food chain exists for a reason, we ate meat long before we ate dairy. As long as the animals are raised and slaughtered in the most humane way possible then there is nothing wrong with eating meat.

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on April 29, 2013
at 09:53 AM

I am in a strange position, some of my 'best' family members are in fact vegetarian, however we respect each other. My advice is don't let you passion for you health get you into battles, or proof wars. Unless they are willing to objectively listen to you, then you can start talking health, however bring proof, not stuff like how it has changed you life.

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on March 10, 2013
at 06:58 PM

tell them to post on paleohacks -- let the horde take care of the rest!

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