I have designed the following elevator speech to spread the concept of “Health Extension” through ordering vegetarian options while eating out with friends. Since dining out is an important social activity in our culture, and vegetarians are often asked about their dietary choices when dining out with non-vegetarian friends, identifying as vegetarian, or “flexitarian”, can be a conversational topic starter that spreads the concept of “health extension flexitarianism” virally. Food is possibly the most socially accepted conversational topic in the world today, and being able to identify with a certain dietary lifestyle based on commitment to a set of moral principles can be a pathway for life extension type ideas to breakthrough into mainstream discussion:
Here is a rough idea of a 2-minute elevator speech or conversation starter which can propogate this idea without “Telephone game” distortion:
Me: Do you have any vegetarian options here? (Shown vegetarian options) I take the eggplant veggie delight sandwich, thank you.
Friend: So you’re vegetarian?
Me: I’m actually a life extension flexitarian: I reduce my meat intake as a sign of my commitment to extending lifespan in animals. I believe there is inherent value in extending lifespan and reducing suffering for any sentient beings. Reducing our meat intake is the easiest way we can do that, because we make dietary choices every day. But technology can also be part of the solution: something called “Robust Mouse Rejuvenation” may be able to significantly extend lifespans for mice as early as 2020. By making a conscious effort to reduce our meat-intake specifically for this cause, we can spread the idea of reducing suffering and extending life in sentient beings through both dietary choices and technology. All you have to do to be part of the “life extension flexitarian” movement is to pledge to reduce your meat intake and be able to explain this cause to others when eating out with friends. I love all life and I wish other people can too through these principles!