I'm a vegetarian and though I am used to having people eat meat on the same table as mine, I frequently encounter people who try to hammer sense into me by saying non-veg is healthy.
The conversation usually goes stupidly till it escalates into pointless argument.
Points usually covered are:
1. Non-veg is healthier (I disagree because vegetarian food is no less)
2. Egg is veg. All that scientific study about embryonic development crap. (I disagree, but can't counter it, other than saying that a few scientists have actually proved that table eggs are as alive as any other embryo. Plus I believe that eggs-are-veg is a really pathetic excuse for maintaining your veggie status but still having what you like.
3. If egg is non veg, so is milk, because it is an animal product and also it is forcibly taken from cows by starving calves. (I don't know what to say to that, except wtf?)
4. Plants have life too. (But its not flesh and blood right? Xylem-Phloem are their equivalents though)
5. Irrespective of everything, we eat curd and bread, which is a product of fermentation by bacteria, which is living too. (Same argument as above.)
6. Lastly, and most stupid of all, we breathe micro-organisms in the air all day long (I don't reply to them, its an indication that the argument has to end because the person doesn't want to lose).
So, in the end, irrespective of all these, how do you define what is vegetarian, something which would counter-argue all the above points successfully?
Would that include these points: Living beings, in flesh and blood, complex-structured like us, lower than us in the food chain?
Non-vegetarians, they said, look at every living thing, except their own species, as food. I was one too, long time back, and if you consider the taste, I don't think that is a proper argument at all.