Occasionally, when the topic of being a vegetarian comes up, I hear a reasoning that we should all eat animal flesh as Nature did not intend us to be vegetarians. A good point. But then I retort by asking, why most of us live a monogamous life if Nature intended men to spread their sperm across the land? (at least that is another common convention, and one that seems to be supported by the Bible – just ask wise King Solomon). Why are we taking antibiotics to fight infections if Nature really intended us to die by bacterial infections? Why are we using airplanes if Nature didn’t grant us wings? (I actually have a pair but I keep these in the closet – X-Men unite!)
The answer, I believe, is that Nature did provide us with a thinking brain, well, at least a good number of us; as well as a limited amount of free will. We can make decisions, moral choices, discover antibiotics, invent flying machines, see beyond the obvious, evolve.
Just look at Hitler and his buddies, they too thought they figured out what Nature had in mind and thus started eliminating Jews, Gypsies and others they deemed to be freaks of nature, unworthy of continuing the human race. They took Nature’s tool of evolution into their own hands. The joke is that, though at a great price, Nature ended up eliminating the Nazis.
Who can claim to know what Nature really intends?
Learned from: Nature