Like Lantern’s Martin Rowe, the Grumpy Vegan found himself muttering under his breath reading Jennifer Schuessler’s Mau-Mauing the Flesh Eaters. On the one hand it’s exciting to see The New York Times thinking about serious writing on our relationship with animals but on the other what a ho-hum op ed. The climax is the predictable cliche “We are what we eat.”
What is an animal? What is a human being? It would be tempting to answer with the old truism if it weren’t so impossibly ambiguous: We are what we eat.
No. NO. NO! We’re not what we eat. We are what we don’t eat.