if the prevailing wisdom of MBT is that the actual act of meat consumption decreases the direct measurement of quality of consciousness, as is the case for sugar, (independent of the issue of the morality of killing a farmed animal which was brought into existance for that purpose), then I am there, with bells on.
I still would point out that when you buy a roasted chicken you are at the same time causing the "birth" of a chicken, and that has not been included in the ethical assessment of the benefit of the act from the chicken's POV.
Misplaced expenditure of consciousness energy on disciplines that are pointless, is entropic, and takes energy away from meaningful productive priorities.
"In the world to come, a man will have to account for every legitimate pleasure which he has denied himself." Jewish teaching [apologies for being on a Jewish tear this week]
I will give up meat if someone asserts it makes the glass cleaner (like giving up sugar)...I just need clarification if the argument is ethical
==== did some digging and found this which answers
Tom: "Foods that have a negative effect on consciousness: The main problems are all psychotropic drugs/substances which include caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and sugar -- as well as most preservatives, artificial colors, and many chemicals (propylene glycol, sodium benzoate, MSG, etc,), then there are gases such as some paint, glue, and acetone fumes. Just because a food is "natural" or "raw" (e.g., honey) doesn't make it healthy, however it does improves its chances of being healthy over say, "processed" and "artificial". To a much lesser extent than sugar, meat usually makes your mind/consciousness dull and fuzzy as opposed to sharp (often experienced as a heaviness or lethargy) -- inorganic meat is the worst. A lesser effect on the consciousness occurs with poultry and little effect with organic natural fish/seafood -- not breaded (sugar and preservatives in the breading) and not fried (preservatives in the oil). Sauces of all sorts tend to be laden with sugar and preservatives and chemicals -- oriental restaurants catering to western tastes are some of the worst offenders.
Common non-food things that cloud or deteriorate consciousness are fear, ego, anxiety, beliefs, expectations, needs, wants, and pettiness -- as well as being self-focused, arrogant, insecure, or a zombie living in the past or for the future, or constantly measuring and judging interactions with and between others in terms of yourself." quoting Tom C
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