I tend to think of the recent history of society in terms of a series of social justice conflicts.
From justice for non-established religious groups; the fight against slavery; women’s emancipation; racial equality; gender equality; to gay rights.
I wonder what’s next in the list. What cause will I find myself on the conservative old-fart side of, while my son’s generation struggles to see how we can be so blind?
I think it is likely to be Vegetarianism.
I’m a meatophile. But I recognize that the moral case for meat-eating is pretty poor. The justifications I can find seem mostly of the same character as the justifications against the social justice issues of the past: appeals to the natural order, to what is ‘healthy’, to the way it has always been. I recognize that any moral argument I can mount is a post-hoc rationalisation of my love of meat.
For the sake of my gastronomic pleasure, I hope I’m wrong, but I’m meeting an increasing number of non-fanatical moral vegetarians these days. By that I mean that zealous animal rights folks seem to have waned in favour of folks who just calmly take the moral high ground. I suspect that’s probably a good sign of what’s to come.
So I’m going to keep my eyes on the Quakers. If they go vegie, then the writing is definitely on the wall.