BY JONATHAN BERGLIND

I recently spent a month in Italy for a Health & Fitness class. While I was there, I had a lot of fun times I spent around the city of Verona, as well as fun times in other cities. And of course, because I’m a member of my generation, I also spent a lot of fun times with my eyes glued to a screen and headphones on my ears, watching Youtube videos, reading articles, and filling my head with everything I can think to Google from cat videos to politics to news.

This is a conversation I had with my best friend after watching one of them. All of the times are local to me where I was in that moment. From where he was messaging, it was 6 hours earlier in the day.

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6/6, 12:43pm

Larry Sassafras

we should go to vegas

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6/6, 12:43pm

Jon Berglind

yeah

lol

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6/6, 12:43pm

Larry Sassafras

after you return ofcourse

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6/6, 12:44pm

Jon Berglind

road trip

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6/6, 12:44pm

Larry Sassafras

hell yeah

we can hit the grand canyon

And every dennys on the way over

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6/6, 12:46pm

Jon Berglind

lol

i don't think i'll ever be able to eat at Denny's again

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June 6

6/6, 7:20pm

Larry Sassafras

Why not?

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June 7

6/7, 3:26am

Jon Berglind

Here there's nothing but fresh food. It makes American restaurants taste like glue.

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June 7

6/7, 12:07pm

Larry Sassafras

Well yeah... Especially Denny's, but what chu gonna do bout it

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6/7, 12:07pm

Jon Berglind

eat at home

eat vegan

and fair trade

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June 8

6/8, 5:15pm

Larry Sassafras

I doubt your going to become vegan, but some nice home cooked meals do sound quite nice

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6/8, 5:15pm

Jon Berglind

idk bro

i've been researching and i think im at least going vegetarian

atheist morality

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6/8, 6:20pm

Larry Sassafras

Then i guess the $2 casadia will be your new reg

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6/8, 6:21pm

Jon Berglind

Probably not. Because of the cheese

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6/8, 6:21pm

Larry Sassafras

Thats dumb

your dumb

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6/8, 6:21pm

Jon Berglind

You're dumb

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6/8, 6:21pm

Larry Sassafras

you're

Fuck you

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6/8, 6:22pm

Jon Berglind

Lol

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6/8, 6:22pm

Larry Sassafras

Fuck your anti cheese

youre worse than hitler

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6/8, 6:22pm

Jon Berglind

Lemme bend down for you

Lol, yeah actuality, because I'm not fully vegetarian yet

I want to transition so it's healthy

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6/8, 6:23pm

Larry Sassafras

Damn man... youre that guy now

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6/8, 6:23pm

Jon Berglind

And he was full vegan

Lol

Yeah

Look up Peter Singer's interview with Richard Dawkins

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6/8, 6:24pm

Larry Sassafras

Q: What made you decide to become a vegan?

a: i went to Europe

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6/8, 6:25pm

Jon Berglind

Lol, no, it was actually a few things

Italy was just a small part

But, atheist morality;

We're not made in the image of any deity. So why is our right to exist and enjoy life and not be killed any more valid than another form of life?

Intelligence isn't that special; as far as we can tell it's only evolved once, and might not prove to be useful unless we start to use it as much as we can.

So it's not intelligence; the only logical criteria is capacity for suffering

And cows and pigs can and do suffer quite a bit in the process of providing meat for us in American factory farms.

As do chickens and turkeys

We should eat things that we're fairly confident don't suffer when we prepare them. Like lettuce or apples or clams

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6/8, 6:34pm

Larry Sassafras

Oh i see, i see... How do we know apples don't suffer? and I can only hope she's pretty

 

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