I had a very philosophical musing over this during a come-down in a field in Glastonbury a few years ago. (Over an overpriced plate of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms and beans.) Evolution has given us teeth that are good for eating meat, but it has also turned us into the only species on the planet that is advanced enough to reflect on the morality of how we live. One could argue that we've evolved beyond the need to eat animals, because we know how to live healthily without doing so.
Equally, one could argue that evolution isn't all it's cracked up to be anyway, because we've also evolved to harness the destructive power of nuclear energy, exploit depletion of non-renewable resources, and a scary, possibly uncontrollable power to destroy most living things on the planet. (I'm not an expert on this; the cockroaches are gonna be OK, aren't they?)
So arguing that we should eat meat cos we're meant to doesn't stack up with me. I still eat meat (but not nearly as much as I used to) because I like it so much. Philosophical musings still continue though, as I can't say I've fully resolved my conscience about it.
alehouse - Come along for the September one in Beckenham, I'll buy you a pint. The final one's always my favourite, takes a good while to get through the prize presentation after the race, a great excuse for squeezing in one more pint of Harvey's.
Simon - What's all this sprint racing you're playing at, when there's a marathon to train for? Fair enough, I guess even the great Charlie Spedding said something about keeping in touch with your speed. Good luck this evening.
To be fair, I'm technically racing over ~5k distance three times in one week. It's the next Assembly League (local club thingy) tomorrow, which I'll be treating as a tempo run before Saturday's Southern League play-off final and another attempt at sub-16/possible PB.
alehouse - Last I heard, SG was about to head out for a run with music blaring from his mobile. Have a word, Simon!