Eat meat and cheat, lie, steal, fight… Joke!

From a news article on the BBC site, about unusual passages in Indian text books:

A national textbook for 11-year-old students created uproar in 2012 when it was discovered that it said that people who eat meat “easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes”.

I found this a bit funny. Sometimes I’d like to think it’s true, but unfortunately, while I  totally agree that people who eat meat are usually that way, vegans and vegetarians, while more ‘righteous’ in my book, are still perfectly capable of doing all of the above. :( By now, I’m completely disillusioned when it comes to the great majority of people, all kinds of people.

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Frankly, I’m amazed at this. Sure it’s nice that some people may be willing to consider eating less meat, but – ???? First of all, I would, because of my love for animals, my wish to spare the environment and to protect my own health, eat a completely vegan diet even if I didn’t think it tasted great. However, I really do. Meat-eaters may not believe me but I do love vegetables and other non-animal products. Sure I have a number of things, mainly spices that I can’t stand (celery, garlic, ginger, buckwheat, cardamom, cumin, rosemary, parsley, dill, coffee and liquorice). Other than that, I can honestly say that I either love or at least like most non-animal products. What’s not to like? What’s so different about a meat-eater’s palate that they hate all the things that I love? Weird. Could it be smoking? Or the actual meat-eating?