This evening, Ashley asked me how many vegetarians I knew. I have always kind of assumed that I knew many (I’m pretty sure all my friends are liberals), but when I started to think about it, I realized that in my entire circle of friends I only know about four vegetarians. Ashley’s thinking is the same; only a few of her friends are vegetarians.
Some questions: Why did I assume that more people in my world were vegetarians? Was vegetarianism once more popular? Why do I associate vegetarianism with liberalism, and is it false or misleading to do so? Also, is vegetarianism ‘over’? Did hipsters co-opt vegetarianism and then ruin it (only then to co-opt meatatarianism)?
Don’t worry about that last question, but I think the rest are valid.