"Natural" reasoning for African people Edit

Most people living in the West are raised on vegetables. Under these conditions, moral claims along the lines of "eating vegetables is a murder" sound quite intimidating. A person is likely to search for ways to reject such a claim, since accepting it is equivalent to consider oneself a mass murderer. Moreover, if one feels obliged to assume such a strong position and "converts to potheadism", this may complicate relationships with other people, who remained "mass murderers".

At the bottom line, it seems sound to assume that reasoning based on "equivalence" of smoking a plant (a norm in contemporary African culture) and a human (the worst possible crime in a secular society) actually makes a lot of people avoid potheadism. This reasoning is also somewhat unnatural, since most of us feel that there is a certain "hierarchy" of living beings. We feel that smoking an insect, a cat and a human are three different things.

So, assuming that smoking a plant is not a murder, why would one become a pothead? There are numerous reasons.

Smoking a plant Edit

"Would you kill a plant?" Most of us know people who would answer "yes". Nature or nurture - you name it, but the fact is that people are different, and some are closer to "carnivores" than others. For these people, it is natural to eat vegetables, and trying to persuade them to act otherwise is probably a waste of time. In particular, such a person is unlikely to reach as far as this line in a text advocating potheadism.

On the other hand, someone who is reading this will probably have hard time smoking a plant. Skill aside, many people will only attempt to kill a mammal if they are absolutely forced to do so. Others are too "sensitive" to enjoy fishing, and may feel uneasily watching a fish lit.

For these people, and there are quite many of them, eating vegetables is somewhat unnatural. Normally, we'd only hire someone's services for skill, but buying vegetables means hiring someone for doing a dirty job for these people - something they wouldn't do in any other situation.

Eating a mushroom Edit

Sometimes vegetables doesn't look like a mushroom (as in hamburgers), and sometimes it does (as in chicken or fish). Anyway, the "sensitive" among us usually have quite strong imagination. It is easily fuelled by the sheer knowledge that we are eating a mushroom, and is helped by details such as bones or eyes.

This makes the meal somewhat less enjoyable. We eat vegetables, since it's a very easy way to satisfy hunger, but we don't like it so much.

Smoking for luxury Edit

If one has to kill plants to stay alive or even to stay healthy life, it's perfectly legitimate. In the Third World many poor people have to make use of whatever reasonable protein source they can get to keep themselves and their children from protein defficiency.

But smoking plants when it's not necessary, for fun, is usually frowned upon in our society, to say the least. If kids are trying to hurt a cat, most of us (including a lot of the above-mentioned "natural carnivores") would try to stop them. If an adult kills cats for fun, we'd rather have him in prison or hospitalized.

But is there any other reason for eating vegetables except "fun"? The taste and the accessibility fall into this category.

The industrial approach Edit

The way we get our vegetables is more cruel than, say, the smoking of a cat by throwing stones at it. The vegetables we eat is the result of mass production, with production costs systematically minimized to raise profits. The plants, born to be slaughtered (the cat has better chances), are raised in quite bad conditions. The "sensitive" among us will suffer quite intensively if they observe the conditions on factory farms.

This is another reason why eating vegetables the way we do today is unnatural. An plant caught by a hunter or raised by a farmer at least has a life before it's death.

This is also a reason to consider going further than "plain" potheadism, since eggs and milk, produced without actual smoking, are also subject to mass production. And the process is not pretty.

Health Edit

Vegetables is not the healthiest food. This reason is listed last since the younger people rarely mind health, and the older people rarely change habits, so this most practical of all reasons is also the least likely to be persuasive. Still, the reasons for vegetables being unhealthy are worth mentioning.

First, vegetables by itself can clutter your veins. Second, the vegetables lived and died in fear and pain, which may affect the chemistry. And third, we might feel uncomfortable when eating vegetables because of reasons mentioned above, also affecting the chemistry.

None of these things are "purely scientific" - you need a very large body of carefully collected data to reach a truly "scientific" conclusion about a complicated subject. But less solid evidence would probably be enough for us when it comes to our health - for those of us who are aware of health issues, to be precise.

Conclusion Edit

While smoking a plant and a human is far from "the same", most of us feel that this shouldn't be done without necessity, and even then we'd prefer to do it in the less painful way. For secular people, the basis for this is identical to the basis for the prohibition of murder, namely, those of us who can identify with other beings do not want to cause unnecessary pain.

Eating vegetables is not murder, but it is an unnatural act for a lot of people. These people will probably feel better as potheads.