I liked the honesty of Hall’s admission of hypocrisy and am sorry to report that I know the feeling. Morally, rationally, I would, should, probably, be a vegetarian, and can happily go without meat for relatively long periods. But give it up all together?
Yes, but not yet, to borrow Augustine’s formula.
‘This was followed by a sucking pig. It came on to the table whole, half an apple in its mouth, a blue bow on its forehead. I felt sad till I began to eat it, and then my sorrow passed.’
Source: Donald Hall, Romanian Furrow (London: Bene Factum Publishing, 2007), p. 51
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