gad rgyangs wrote:its simply a matter of intent: does one try to avoid participating in violence and killing as much as possible, or does one justify extra and unnecessary killing for the sake of one's gustatory pleasure?
The vast majority of people who eat meat do so because they are following the diet choices of their culture, not just for pleasure, for most it isn't even a consciously made decision. The people doing something exceptional are the ones changing their diet (again, ironically often first-worlders who have the luxury of doing so due to the gross amounts of wealth they indirectly benefit from) with some perceived notions of an isolated lifestyle change having a much greater effect on anything (either inner or outer) than it likely does.
Seriously, take your argument and apply it to anything, driving ,paying taxes, buying clothing, whatever, and it quickly becomes absurd, because you can't judge moral culpability the same way when it comes indirect circumstances, otherwise it gets ridiculous...you are just choosing one among many different indirect activities that contribute to awful things in the world. a meritorious thing to do, but I don't think it gives you any moral high ground over those that choose not to.
So if someone wants to make these arguments, my question is at what point does indirect moral culpability stop
? I mean if you are going to assert it's that important, it needs to have clearly defined parameters, else the only truly moral thing is living completely off the grid, in a pre-modern lifestyle affecting no one and nothing. Since it actually requires pretty much the opposite of this to even engage in a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle at all, the claims of moral superiority strike me as ridiculous.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen