After how long are you able to say that you're a "vegetarian?" Once you go meatless, how much time keeping your commitment needs to pass before you can adopt a new title?
It's been three or so years since I've partaken of meat of any kind. I suppose you could call me a vegetarian. I suppose. For I think that it's a title to be earned, so to speak, and I'm not quite sure that three years cuts it. One of my counterparts at work has been a vegetarian for 27 years. My whole life. Now that there is legitimacy. Maybe when my tongue has been meat-free for that long I'll feel less like a poser when I call myself a vegetarian.
I don't eat meat.
Well doesn't that mean you're a vegetarian?
Well, technically, yes, it does, but I don't so much feel that I've earned the title.
It drives me out of my mind when someone says that they are a vegetarian and it turns out that they've only been without meat for a month or two. Idiot, you're not a vegetarian; you just haven't had flesh for a couple months. It's like someone picking some flowers from the backyard, shoving them in a vase and saying, I'm a florist! No you aren't.
But when are you?
Instead of saying that they are a vegetarian I think those people should say something like I'm giving vegetarianism a try or I'm trying to go without meat or I'm working on becoming a vegetarian or I'm meatless these days or I'm going veg. The words matter.
Good grief, I write all this and then I realize that I actually don't give a damn. Me and Apathy: very good friends these days. Me and the word "damn": also quite tight.