Saturday, 14 November 2015

Beef lovers, chicken lovers and vegetarians

On Planet E, there were some beef lovers and chicken lovers.

The chicken lovers were in the majority and they sure enjoyed their chicken. They had quite a variety of them - organic, kampong, free-range, factory-farmed and so on. Prepared in a variety of ways, the chicken lovers had them grilled, barbecued, fried, steamed, stewed, stir-fried and more. They loved their chicken and made sure everyone knew it. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all featured chicken. Chicken was advertised in media of every sort - newspapers, magazines, on billboards and even in irritating embedded ads in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Then there were a minority who were beef lovers. Like the chicken lovers, they had them grilled, barbecued, fried, steamed, stewed, stir-fried and more. They loved the taste of beef and couldn’t get enough of it. Some of them, for religious reasons, ate chicken instead. They were beef lovers but could not bear to eat the meat of a cow. So instead, they consumed chicken. But they’d prefer beef over chicken any time. The beef lovers respected their decision although some said that they were denying their true selves and encouraged them to embrace their beef loving side instead. But they could not, in good conscience, do so and decided to live their lives eating chicken even though they were born beef lovers. 

Others, though loving beef, tried chicken in order to conform to the majority. After all, it was easier to be part of the crowd without having to explain why they preferred beef. Some tried and liked it, others didn’t. The latter went back to consuming beef. Perhaps the former really were chicken-beef lovers instead of pure beef lovers. No matter. To each his or her own.

Finally, there were the vegetarians. Neither beef nor chicken lovers, they consumed vegetables instead. They were surrounded by beef and chicken lovers who occasionally tried to convince them to join them. But they just liked the taste of vegetables.

The end.

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