Last night before bed, I was browsing Facebook and came across a post from a friend, who I have never met in person.
The post was in regard to the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and the post had a picture of him from one of his publications. So I looked at and was appalled.
This was a post celebrating the death of “another animal killer”. Ok, now anyone who has watched his shows knew his views on vegan/vegetarians. Yes, he made fun and yes did not hesitate to say such things as “you can only eat so many of the same salad”.
My response to this post was to think about a man who brought the world into the living rooms of millions. A man who showed great respect for the people who invited the into a glimpse of their lives.
Someone then responded with “he clubbed a seal” and I left this conversation.
If I had wanted to continue down the rabbit hole and get sucked into the responses I would have said “did he club his seal in his apartment in New York?” Was he in the middle of the street in LA and shot a pig? Trust there is a point I am making.
Anthony Bourdain participated in the practices of people who he was visiting. The anthropological term is called Participant Observation. In Anthropology one learns about acceptance of cultural practices which may be different from our own.
This also basically taught to us as children. The do onto others as we would want done to us. In a nutshell, it is being respectful.
So, imagine you are in the jungle and your host is cooking a bat. One you participated in hunting. A plate is given to you with this animal on it and your host has the biggest smile on their face. What would you do? Would you politely decline even though the preparation for this meal took hours and is in your honor?
In the jungle, there are no second options. No salad to offer. Which is what Bourdain was trying to convey.
Yes, there are wonderful vegan/vegetarian dishes in the world, and even he would try them and like them.
But sitting down with people who do not have the option to say no to a meal because of moralistic beliefs is something to think about.