I never took a philosophy or ethics class but as I understand it, life is about doing the right thing as often as possible. But you can’t solely live for the goodness of others; you also are supposed to enjoy life, ya know, while you’re still kicking. I am no Socrates, but even I can identify that sometimes these forces come to a head and we must make difficult decisions. The people who do life right find a way to strike a balance.
I can thoroughly see all the reasons I should hate Chick-Fil-A, since they aren’t that good at hiding it, but while my mind is telling me no, my body, my body’s telling me yes. Also, I should definitely stop quoting R. Kelly.
Here’s the deal: Chick-Fil-A is privately-owned by conservative Christians who donate their money to anti-LGBTQ organizations and publicly condemn marriage equality. I disagree with so many everything about this stance, including actual morals of marriage equality and the fact that someone’s religion should affect anyone else. I wish these conservatives kept their spicy expertise to chicken seasoning.
I don’t know much about Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy, but he looks like a guy who would play golf with Donald Trump and purposely look the other way so Trump can kick his ball onto the fairway. He is a guy who is responsible for his franchises staying closed on Sunday, like some kind of club bouncer who keeps a line outside, to power-play customers. I never took a religion class but I sure as hell know God doesn’t give a fuck about me eating waffle fries on Sunday.
And it’s those waffle fries and their fried chicken sandwiches that keep me coming back to Chick-Fil-A, even though I hate them. We are star-crossed lovers or rival gang members in this moral game of… well, chicken.
I can’t chalk it up to nostalgia or use any other excuses.
The Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, with waffle fries, a lemonade, and Chick-Fil-A Sauce is worth all of the calories, all of the grease-induced indigestion, and most of the hypocrisy-induced heartburn.
Could I not just go to one of the hundreds of places that make a similar sandwich? There are a few reasons:
I will start a zero hate emissions credit, and donate an offsetting amount to groups like Human Rights Campaign every time I devour a morally corrupt meal. I will continue to speak out against hate and discrimination whenever and wherever I see it, and will do my best to create inclusive spaces where LGBTQ persons are accepted, supported, and valued. I can demonstrate that I am an ally every chance I get. I would have voted for Harvey Milk a third time if I could!
I realize that people I care about will disagree with this decision, just as I disagree with some of their personal choices of going to gun ranges, or littering in the absence of a trash can, or adopting cats. None of us is perfect. So while I recognize that my money may end up going towards a fund that I vehemently disagree with, I can justify that decision by trying to be a better person in other arenas. I am not sure how Immanuel Kant would feel about that, but I also know he never had this kind of moral poultry quandary.