The old ideas persist. Pigs were made for pork and stones for castle-building — and because we enter a world in which such decisions have already been made for us, they seem natural and just. Hence the insinuations: ingrate, agitator. I don’t drink milk; I’ve got evil ideas.
Once these irritations have passed, the question of nutrition arises. “How do you get enough calcium?” Dairy-free choices include an array of fruits, legumes, and leafs. I get a healthy amount of calcium.
Not only is life without milk possible, it’s simple, and may not be unnatural afterall. Writes the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine regarding lactose intolerance:
The true abnormality, the writers claim, is “lactase persistence,” which may be the best description of my post-dairy experience in this milk-steeped culture.
I smile and raise a glass of Silk.