Day 2: The Great Milk Debate


There’s an important—and controversial—question every 10 Days participant must wrestle with:

Is it okay to use milk in your cereal during the 10 Days?

Scholars, philosophers, ethicists, and 10 Days leaders have debated this question for many years, and we’re still no closer to a solid “yes” or “no” answer. Let’s review the main arguments.

The pro-milk case: During the 10 Days, we pledge to not drink anything but water. But when milk is used in cereal, you’re not really drinking it. Sure, you technically ingest some, but it’s just part of the meal, not really a beverage. Milk is fair game.

The anti-milk case: During the 10 Days, we pledge to not drink anything but water. The purest and most obvious reading of that pledge indicates that no liquid but water will be ingested during the 10 Days. Milk is a liquid, therefore, milk is forbidden.

As you can see, the arguments on both sides are compelling. When in doubt, we suggest you vote your conscience on this one.

What do you think? Is milk fair game, or forbidden? Let us know in the comments below.

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