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My thoughts on Ahimsa, Veganism, and Vegetarianism. Please correct my fallacies.

The reason a lot of Indians are lacto-vegetarian is due to the concept of Ahimsa, 'non-violence', which is essential to Dharmic cultures. At a certain point in parts of India, cattle were highly respected and not slaughtered for meat (nor forcibly impregnated) because they were seen as both the mothers and sustainers of civilization. So it might seem quite absurd to vegans, to think Jain monks, the same people that drank milk and ate cheese, would not eat root vegetables out of fear of uprooting insects. Jains would would wear masks over their mouths in order to not inhale flying insects, they would sweep the floor infront of them before walking order to not step on any living creature. Hell, they would even starve themselves for a weeks at a time, surviving only on water, in order to reduce suffering, to the point of self harm. I could go on and on, Jains saw Ahimsa as their Dharma; it brought them closer to truth. But they still drank milk and ate cheese. Did they care more about insects than cows? No. It is because many saw themselves as having a mutualistic relationship with the cattle. Intentionally killing a cow (or any other jiva) was considered akin to killing a human.

Nowadays most Indians just hold on to the dogma of vegetarianism without truly understanding/caring about it; they do not do it for ahimsa but because they are born into it. This is why India is rapidly becoming omnivorous. Dharmic cultures are meant to change with the times, and in the modern day a practitioner of ahimsa should not really be eating commercial dairy products due to the treatment and inevitable slaughter of cattle. We do not treat cattle like some ancient Indians did 2000 years ago. I think that the same Jains that were lacto-vegetarian years ago, the ones that ran hospitals for flies, would not be drinking milk or eating cheese today.

I know that all thoughts such as these are bound to have logical holes and false assumptions. Please criticize my thoughts if you feel necessary.

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The reason a lot of Indians are lacto-vegetarian is due to the concept of Ahimsa, ‘non-violence’, which is essential to Dharmic cultures. At a certain point in parts of India, cattle were highly respected and not slaughtered for meat (nor forcibly impregnated) because they were seen as both the mothers and sustainers of civilization. So it might seem quite absurd to vegans, to think Jain monks, the same people that drank milk and ate cheese, would not eat root vegetables out of fear of uprooting insects. Jains would would wear masks over their mouths in order to not inhale flying insects, they would sweep the floor infront of them before walking order to not step on any living creature. Hell, they would even starve themselves for a weeks at a time, surviving only on water, in order to reduce suffering, to the point of self harm. I could go on and on, Jains saw Ahimsa as their Dharma; it brought them closer to truth. But they still drank milk and ate cheese. Did they care more about insects than cows? No. It is because many saw themselves as having a mutualistic relationship with the cattle. Intentionally killing a cow (or any other jiva) was considered akin to killing a human.

Nowadays most Indians just hold on to the dogma of vegetarianism without truly understanding/caring about it; they do not do it for ahimsa but because they are born into it. This is why India is rapidly becoming omnivorous. Dharmic cultures are meant to change with the times, and in the modern day a practitioner of ahimsa should not really be eating commercial dairy products due to the treatment and inevitable slaughter of cattle. We do not treat cattle like some ancient Indians did 2000 years ago. I think that the same Jains that were lacto-vegetarian years ago, the ones that ran hospitals for flies, would not be drinking milk or eating cheese today.

I know that all thoughts such as these are bound to have logical holes and false assumptions. Please criticize my thoughts if you feel necessary.

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