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At the centre of controversies: Why do we love to hate and hate to love meat?

At the centre of controversies: Why do we love to hate and hate to love meat?

Why do we love to hate and hate to love meat?

The carnivore’s dilemma is real: we know meat is delicious, but we feel guilty about the environmental and ethical implications of eating it. So, why do we love to hate and hate to love meat?

There’s no denying that meat is delicious. The taste, texture, and smell of a juicy steak or a perfectly cooked burger is hard to resist. And, let’s be honest, meat is a pretty important part of many people’s diets. It’s a major source of protein, iron, and other nutrients.

But, as anyone who’s watched a documentary like Cowspiracy or read books like The China Study knows, meat is also linked to some pretty serious environmental and health problems.

The livestock industry is one of the leading causes of climate change. It’s responsible for manure and methane emissions, as well as deforestation and water pollution. And, the way animals are raised and slaughtered for meat is often cruel and inhumane.

So, what’s a meat-lover to do?

Many people are trying to reduce their meat consumption by eating less meat overall, or choosing more humane and environmentally-friendly options, like grass-fed beef or free-range chicken.

Others are giving up meat entirely. Some do it for health reasons, others for environmental reasons, and others for ethical reasons.

Whatever your stance on meat, there’s no denying that it’s a controversial topic. And, it doesn’t look like the debate is going to end anytime soon.

We all know that feeling: the sudden urge to stomp on a cockroach or rip apart a spider. It’s called schadenfreude, and it’s one of the most controversial emotions. One study found that when people see someone experiencing pain, their brains light up in the same way as when they experience pleasure. The more we dislike someone, the more we take pleasure in their misfortune.

It’s not just bugs. We love to hate people, too. A 2017 study found that people take more pleasure in seeing others suffer if they’re perceived to be part of an out-group. The feeling is so strong that people will actually argue for the pain of others if it means their own in-group will benefit.

When it comes to meat, we love to hate it just as much. In the US, for example, 17% of people are vegetarian or vegan. But that same study found that only 3.2% of the population actually believes that eating meat is morally wrong. So why do people continue to consume something they so clearly despise?

The answer, it seems, lies in our ability to rationalize our actions. Studies have shown that we’re quite good at coming up with reasons to do things that we know we shouldn’t. In the case of meat, we convince ourselves that it’s delicious, nutritious, or necessary for our health. We tell ourselves that the animals were treated well, that they had a good life. We even convince ourselves that we’re doing them a favor by putting them out of their misery.

Of course, there’s also the fact that we’re creatures of habit. We like what we’re used to, and we’re slow to change. So even if we know deep down that we shouldn’t be eating meat, it’s often easier to just go along with the status quo.

It’s not just our love of meat that we rationalize in this way. We do it with all sorts of things, from the clothes we wear to the makeup we use. We’re always looking for reasons to justify our actions, even when we know they’re wrong.

So the next time you’re feeling guilty about eating meat, remember that you’re not alone. We all have a tendency to rationalize our actions, no matter how repugnant we find them.

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