Disclaimer: Before you delve into this any further we'd request you to kindly leave your judgements and unimpressive adjectives at the door.
So, here's the deal. You don't like it that people like us love our meat (eggs or even seafood for that matter). Cured, roasted, rare, medium-rare, well-done, braised, slow-cooked, falling off the bones, melt in your mouth…we can happily inhale any of those well-cooked non-vegetarian preparations in the blink of an eye, but we'll also understand if that makes you lose your appetite altogether.
However, there's one thing we simply can't come to terms with. Why do you (vegetarians and vegans) have to judge and guilt-trip us for our specific dietary choices? Why do you think it's okay to graphically spell out how we acquire our meat, and how that more or less equates us to “killers”?
All the while we are completely fine with whatever personal, religious, or health-related reasons you have to not lead your life as an active carnivore. But that really doesn't make it cool to shame us just because we believe in following the natural order of things. You know, you must have read about it in primary school, it's called the food chain and it's the biggest contributor in maintaining ecological equilibrium on Earth.
Having said that, we really want to point out how this bad habit of yours messes up our equation with the food we really enjoy. Your brazen adjectives, judgemental slurs and passive-aggressive behaviour often hold us back from ordering that steak we crave for or savour a good drumstick, while we're in the same social company.
It's true that most often we'd still get what we want, but many of us have had to modify our orders so as to not 'offend' or 'upset' people like you. And so we pass up those delectably made 'lamb chops' for the more subtle and demure-looking 'dry chilli chicken' instead.
But that really isn't fair, right?
We can't expect you to do something like that for us, can we? Well, good for you, we don't anyway.
It's almost like going Billie Eilish with our food. You know how talking about her personal style, Billie Eilish once said that the reason she wears such baggy clothes is so that people never get to judge or sexualise her, because “they don't know”.
So in certain ways, non-vegetarians end up doing the same thing - eat veg, or order more subtle non-veg dishes - just so they could enjoy an outing together without scabbed sentiments or judgements.
And to put it very simply, it's just plain wrong.
We don't berate you because you choose to get your fill from plants and veggies, or for that matter nuts, seeds and legumes. Hell, we're no longer in awe of anybody who is an egg-eating vegetarian, Tuesday-Thursday wala vegetarian, bas shaadi/parties mein non-vegetarian. Yes, we did have a good laugh at your expense at one point, but that was all and it's in the past. Now we lure you to parties with a promise of free ka non-veg, and send you kickass egg recipes because we're cool with the way you roll.
Then, would it be too much to ask if we say meat-shaming is really a passé and it's time you signed up for a crash course on 'live & let live'? No judgements, no shaming and definitely no rants reminding us of how slaughterhouses work, how the world can breathe better if we give up meat, or how we're basically ruining our lives because we don't swing your way.
So, do we have a deal then? We hope so.