Daily Prompt: Upturned Noses

Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?

I am snobbish about the fact that I don’t eat meat and don’t drink. I turn up my nose at menus full of luxurious descriptions of the myriad ways we have found to prepare dead animals. I sneer at my fellow climate activists who are not willing to take an easy way to improve their impact on the environment by ceasing to eat farmed meat. The cattle industry alone wastes obscene amounts of fossil fuels in the production and distribution of meat, even if we ignore the substantial contribution of a greenhouse gas, methane, produced by flatulence in cattle caused by, you guessed it, their diet. They also waste water and food that could feed the hungry the world over.

Alcohol is another issue. I spent many years as a functional alcoholic and gave it up cold turkey when I learned to meditate. I found meditation was more beneficial to me than the oblivion brought on by alcohol. I tried to meditate after a night of drinking and found I was unable to reach the state of calm and oneness that had so thrilled me with the muzzy head after a night of drinking. I figured, if I stopped meditating, I could go back to drinking if I wanted, but I didn’t stop for several years, and by then, the urge to drink was gone.

And don’t get me started on cigarettes! This is a rant I don’t want to have. The sheer self destructiveness of cigarette smoking boggles the mind. ‘Nuff said.

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9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Upturned Noses

  1. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Upturned Noses | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice

  2. Hobbie DeHoy

    I’m definitely snobbish about spelling, grammar, and usage. Do not ever tell me two words rhyme when they are really an assonance. Also, my favorite thing about Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is that they spell “doughnut” correctly. I secretly die inside on the occasions when I make these kind of mistakes, so rest assured that I judge myself as harshly as I judge everyone else.

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  3. alfredsalmanac

    I love your honesty in this post. I still drink alcohol, but very little compared to what I used to drink. I have stopped smoking cigarettes, 62 days and counting. I am really snobbish about Music. Some people think this is a trivial thing, but its not. Music should arouse and tantalise the senses, and these days the kids have no idea what that means. They like the X-Factor, and nonsense music like that. This really annoys me. I’m A snob. Great post ;]

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    1. bhalsop Post author

      I saw yours about Pink Floyd and knew you had the right stuff! And hang in there about the cigs. You will get your sense of taste back which can occasionally be a bummer, but is generally a good thing.

      I find a write better to classical generally, but every once in a while I rock out while doing a battle scene. Do you like Mark Knopfler?

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      1. alfredsalmanac

        I sometimes listen to Dire Straits. He’s a great guitarist. Can’t go wrong with the Floyd…… Except for The Division Bell 😱

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  4. bhalsop Post author

    Yeah, I wasn’t impressed with The Division Bell. One of the local stations was playing Money the other day and you could tell how many people were listening to it with their cars rocking to the beat.

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