it is indeed a plausable effort to become vegetarian so that others might live.<quoted text>
sampuna as kindly as I can say it... killing of a living being, is the murder of a living being. The blatant disregard for the existence of another living creature, the creatures desire to be able to live life like yourself, and like your family has the right to, and not to be killed is the law of life. This law of life that you violate is the nature of everything creature that exist. You are in no way above any creature that you may murder, and it must be deprived of its life for to to lust it. Ecclesiastes 3:18 "I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?."
The lust of eating after killing is abnormal, it is immoral, it shows the denigration of a society that consumes itself in killing, in wars, in lying, and it reflects a perverted alliance to disease.
And it doesn't matter what person told you that you can kill, and can eat meat. It is your conscience. It is your internal spiritual being that is your light, not the echos of some simple man that may have excelled to the status of a philosopher.
You are not a carnivore by nature meaning you can't cut, chew, or swallow the blood soaked meat after killing. Only carnivorous can.
You are not an omnivore like a bear, who kills and eats with its ripping teeth, and than soaks on berries, fruits, and honey.
You can not eat meat without it being pulverized because you have the teeth of a cow. Not meant to cut.
If you swallowed uncut or pulverized meat you would die because you would choke to death, and many people die eating steak.
"Humans who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and 'animals' is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us."
"When you look more generally at life on Earth, you find that it is all the same kind of life. There are not many different kinds; there's only one kind. It uses about fifty fundamental biological building blocks, organic molecules."
Carl Sagan (The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God)
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff."
but there is indeed no purity in the spiritual sense by virtue of this diet alone.
i wonder if you have read what the Vinaya says of 'pure' and 'impure' meat? Check out the Buddha's strict conditions on what makes meat pure in every sense for consumption, and which is not fit for consumption.
all the meat sold at supermarts are considered carcass, all dead not through our orders, but sent readily slaughtered outside.
Whether we consume it or not, the carcasses would be there, sold or disposed.