If you're a vegetarian, chances are that you've heard how, "Vegetarians think they know it all and they're so holy for not eating animals." If you're an omnivore, chances are that you've heard this too or have actually said that! Although some vegetarians are a bit conceited, we have to remember that not everyone is the same.
Meeting a vegetarian for the first time can strike up a lot of stereotypical thoughts about them, all based on the mythical vegetarian lifestyle. "Vegetarians are stuck up, they act like hippies, they must be starving, do they even know how good meat tastes?!" Next thing you know, the friendly person you just met becomes a target of other vegetarians' mistakes.
Let's face the fact that A LOT of people are stuck up! Even the nicest people in the world have had moments in life where they thought to be better than everyone else. We've all made mistakes in our lives and the only people that can be considered holy are newborns. As vegetarian poet and writer (and fellow Libra!) Oscar Wilde once said, "The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
Vegetarians who believe to be holy because they don't eat animals are showing an obvious sign that they're going down the wrong path of thinking and being. Thoughts affect actions, and thinking that they're better than everyone else will reflect in their attitude. Vegetarians who ask for nothing in return, share their favorite things or food with people, and are interested in hearing ideas different than theirs do not think of themselves as holy. They simply do what makes them happy and it can make others happy as well. I've dealt with the selfish and conceited problem from time to time. However, doing something beneficial for others always makes me happier than just helping myself.
Next time you cross paths with a vegetarian, focus on what they're telling you about themselves and not on what you've heard about vegetarians. Besides, their true colors will show in times of need or an honest opinion, and facial expressions say a lot! A good friend accepts you for who you really are, will let you know if you're being bad, will keep your secrets hidden, and will be the most honest person you've ever met. The vegetarian who doesn't roll their eyes and makes a face when hearing an omnivore praise milk and poultry is a friend you'll definitely want to keep!
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