Nothing annoys me more than ex-vegetarians. They annoy me more than people who have never been vegetarian because at least people who have never been vegetarian have the potential to become one. Ex-vegetarians are more often than not deeply disturbed individuals who, having rejected vegetarianism due to their own weakness, want to lash out at true vegetarians to try to appease their guilty consciences. Now they do this either consciously or unconsciously, but that is neither here nor there. The most disturbing part is that, like a lot of people, they deride others in order to make themselves feel better about their own inadequacies. As they lack the moral courage to persist with vegetarianism, they feel the need to justify their failure to others. By deriding vegetarians and vegetarianism, they seek absolution of guilt and reassurance from others that the decision they made was right. In trying to make themselves feel better about being morally weak, they spread lies about the nature of vegetarianism and resort to absurd and unfounded criticisms.
Ex-vegetarian – a dirty word in my book – and Michael Coulter, opinion writer for The Age newspaper, is one such individual.