Musing on Mussels

In the earliest times … the people lived on fruit, berries, mussels, and clams – things that sometimes became so rank and fetid that they hurt people’s stomachs, and many became sick. Then a sage appeared who created the boring of wood to produce fire so as to transform the rank and putrid foods. The people were so delighted by this that they made him ruler of the world and called him the Fire-Drill Man (Suiren 燧人). (Hanfeizi 49, tr. Campany 2005:15)

Most of us automatically think of dairy when we consider a meatless diet. It’s a wonderful meat substitute if you can tolerate it. But it certainly isn’t paleo. So How do we define vegetarianism? is it about avoiding causing suffering, or adhering to some abstract idea about avoiding eating flesh? The Bivales in question actually lack a central nervous system, rendering them incapable of feeling pain. In a way, they are almost like plants. And if you think about it, there is no reason we couldn’t live on insects, barring our emotional hangups about it.

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Thanks For Reading. Be well.

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