Saturday, March 19, 2011

Possible ≠ Necessary

In this short video interview, novelist Jonathan Safron Foer, author of Eating Animals, talks about food choices while walking through a market in Israel. He is one of the few people I've ever heard raise the argument that just because something is likable or possible, that doesn't mean we should do it. That is, just because meat tastes good is not a reason to kill animals to get it. This is an argument food writer Michael Pollan needs to hear -- he says he eats meat because he likes it.

This argument for self-limiting was voiced in a different context 1,900+ years ago by the apostle Paul: "Everything is permissible—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible—but not everything is constructive" (1 Corinthians 10:23).

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