People from all over the world and all walks of life are vegetarian. While it may not be the most popular diet of choice, there’s still a plethora of famous and influential individuals that have chosen to take the route of being vegetarian. These people are also unintentional tools in disproving a lot of arguments that meat eating enthusiasts tend to raise. We all know the defaults; “being vegetarian won’t help you build muscle”, “being vegetarian is a stupid decision”, and so forth, and so on.
Let’s look at the first argument. In my previous posts i’ve covered the benefits of being vegetarian in terms of health and let’s be honest, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. One of history’s most famous intellectual vegetarians, a man that pretty much created an atom bomb from a peanut, is Albert Einstein. While i’m not praising vegetarianism as the source of his intelligence, it was most certainly a contributing factor for his retention of intellect. There’s no way to sugar-coat this, age makes us stupid. While our wisdom might increase as we get older, our intelligence slowly but surely depletes, this is partly due to our diets. So for Einstein to have remained a genius into his golden years is definitely commendable.
“So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”
One thing people also tend to forget is that meat is not necessary for a healthy, muscular, physically fit body. While meat does load your body with proteins and minerals which aid in muscle development, it is not set in stone that meat is the only way to achieve the body and physical stamina of a Greek god. My prime example of this fact is a man that could out-train most men and could also knock most men out cold with one punch. This man is Mike Tyson, and he has only ever once displayed a taste for flesh when he bit off his opponent’s ear during a fight. He’s known for 3 things; his ridiculous tattoo, his impossible-to -ignore lithp, and his extreme love for pigeons. One thing he is not really known for though is his meatless diet and the fact that he is an avid animal activist.
Even the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, has chosen to live a meat free life. This is a man who is almost always associated to the occurrence where, during a live show, he bit the head off of a bat. In his defence, as it states in his autobiography, he thought the bat was a toy and had no idea it was a real animal until the deed was done.
What this shows us, using the famous individuals mentioned as examples, is that people who choose the vegetarian lifestyle aren’t all part of the same crowd or share the same interests. We aren’t all hippies and we don’t all go out of our way to enforce our vegetarian views on the public, we’re all individual people, and anyone can embrace the vegetarian lifestyle, whether you’re a physicist, a boxer or a rock star.
For a list of more famous vegetarians check out this list on wikipedia: