Nov. 7th, 2011

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Late last night I caught this gem from one of my childhood friends:

If you don't eat meat..that's your choice, don't share you bs opinion with my growing daughter! :-P

I didn't respond, but I was sorely tempted to!

Aren't all opinions, depending on your perspective, bullshit? I remember being told years ago "Opinions are like assholes: everybody has one they are usually full of shit."

I am far from a militant vegan. I consider myself an omnivore. I do try to make friends with veggies more these days, but I can't help but be in love with a good steak. And I understand that unless I'm getting my meat from the Amish (and I'm not) that my meat is chock full of hormones and who knows what else. Its an informed decision I make when I eat meat. And while I do find the more preachy vegans to be more than a little irritating, I would never get that nasty towards them.

I get the whole protective parent thing. Really, I do. But I looked at that statement and I can't help but wonder: what's the harm in educating a child about vegetarianism as a dietary option? When did vegetables become "bad" for your "growing daughter"?

And for that matter...when did knowledge itself become bad? I started substituting "eat meat" for other things...

If you're Catholic, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!
If you vote, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!
If you believe in the laws of physics, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!

I guess it all boils down to how the information is presented to a child. There's no sense in telling a 6 year old that eating hormone-laden meat will send them to an early grave (even though there's plenty of statistical data to support that). There's no need to use fear tactics to scare anyone into a change in lifestyle. But I truly don't see the harm in explaining to a kid the benefits of eating more veggies and less McDonald's Happy Meals.

What's wrong with letting your child see more than one perspective on an issue and letting them decide for themselves where they stand? Isn't it the goal of a parent to raise kids to think for themselves?

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