Elaborating theCommunication Theory of Identity
Communication Theory of Identityfocuses on how effectively one can identify with an issue through communication.Writing is one of the ways that is used to pass the required information to areader who is the intended audience. A good author will always make efforts touse a language that is easy to be understood by the reader and also present hiswork in such a way that a reader is able to relate to the issues written. Thisis when it can be said that the author has delivered his message to the readerand lack of this would result to ineffective communication.
When Foer says “ …… given thateating animals is in absolutely no way necessary for my family- unlike some inthe world, we have easy access to a wide variety of other foods- should we eatanimals?” Here Foer is acknowledging the fact that he is reaching to a readerwho eats meat. The author here is quite categorical when he asks the reader “…should we eat animals?” This question can most probably be applied to a readerwho eats meat as a source of some of the nutrients that a human body requiresfor normal functioning. It is quitedefinite that for effective communication one should choose the words to useappropriately. If for instance such a question of whether we should continueeating animals is asked to reader who does not eat meat, it could appear vagueand irrelevant in that context.
Foer has continuously shown that heis making a deliberate and conscious effort to relate to the reader. When hesays “…we have easy access to a wide variety of other foods”, the author istrying to have the reader feel as being part of the issue that is beingcommunicated. The use of “we” plays a major role in showing that the author isno just talking about himself, but incorporating ideas from others as well.
Thekind of “constant personal decision making” that Foer is referring to is the abilityto of a vegetarian to decide not to be eating animals. He mentions that “ thereare even circumstances that I would be forced to east a dog.” The author uses adog just as an example of the many animals that might be used a source of meat.Eating a dog requires one to make a strong decision on whether it isappropriate to do so. Since Foer has said that “being a vegetarian is aflexible framework,” it implies that in a situation where the reader may be avegetarian, one should be wise to make a decision of avoiding animal meat.
Foer suggests that constantly beingcaught in making a personal decision is taxing and hard to keep up. This isclear when he says “I couldn’t honestly argue, as many vegetarians try to, thatit is as rich as a diet that includes meat.” Many vegetarians find it quitedifficult to keep to their decisions of avoiding meat and those who stick totheir principles justify their state by alleging that a vegetarian diet couldbe containing the same level nutrients as meat. Foer finds it taxing to checkthe limits of the meats that are available for him. He says, “I love sushi, Ilove fried chicken, I love a good steak. But there is a limit to my love.” Theability to limit oneself especially when there are such a great variety ofmeats is a challenging decision that might not be so easy to keep. Foerstates that “being a vegetarian is a flexible framework.” The sentences thatsupport this remark are, “I love sushi, I love fried chicken, I love friedchicken, I love a good steak. But there is a limit to my love.” This clearlyindicates that Foer would not view the issue eating animals with a fixedopinion. One may in a given circumstance evaluate or make a decision on whetherto be a vegetarian or not. In other words one cannot entirely say that being avegetarian is the best or that eating meat is the recommended option. Foer alsoadds to say that “… of course there are circumstances I can conjure under whichI would eat meat.” This is again an indication that when one is a vegetarian,it is not necessarily written on a stone but there should be a flexibility ofhaving to eat especially when it is the only alternative. It would be naïve todie of hunger when meat is available in the pretence that that one is a strictvegetarian. Likewise an individual who is not a vegetarian should eatvegetables when of course the circumstances demand for that.