How does being a Pagan affect your view on Vegetarians?
Does your love and respect for nature and living things lead you to stay away from meat? Or is it more based on the nature of the food processing that bolsters your distaste for meat?
If you are of the carnivorous branch of humans, does your Pagan view on life make you feel guilty at all? Does it affect the choices you make when you shop for meat in the store?
I am an omnivore when it come to eating. My Pagan beliefs don't change my feeding habits in the slightest. I do not feel guilty eating meat and I'm all for those who decide to be vegetarian or even vegan, it's just not for me. I personally believe you can be pagan, worship nature, and still eat meat. As weird as this sound it's like the Druid in Dungeons and Dragons(just hear me out!). The Druid can use natural weapons but cannot wield anything made of metal. Now I've gotten into discussions with my fellow D&Ders about this whole thing. Metal is of the earth and is natural. One of my friends suggested that it was the fact that they were forged rather than just carved like a bow or staff. I can somewhat understand the logic in that but I still have my qualms.
For me it boils down to this: if I could go out and hunt or raise the meat myself and butcher them, I would! Sadly I don't have the ability or facility to do so. The meat is part of the natural world and I can take it into myself to keep living. Why is it different with plants? I believe that ALL things have spirits within them and that plants can feel. In that sense, how is ripping a carrot out of the ground and chopping it up any different than hunting and butchering a deer? Maybe its the lack of a face and sounds of pain.