Having been vegan for about four years now, I like to think I have heard just about every question someone could ask a vegan. I have no problem fielding these repeated questions. I actually like talking about my veganism and I’m sure most other vegans feel the same.
Gee, I love when vegans (or other vegetarians… or anyone else) name-call/rage at vegan “militants” on their high-horse, by banging on about “MY CHOICE” at full volume, all the while taking choice away from others from high atop an even higher horse.
Well done. But collect your back-pats for making privileged choices at the expense of other people and other animals from someone else.
Borrrrring. Vastly unoriginal. Catering to the deluded masses, reinforcing the violent/non-consensual/etc use of animals as normal. Why are you even vegan if using animals is just dandy? “See, I’m not like them! I’m NORMAL!! I won’t challenge or offend you with my ideas! I’ll forever keep my mouth shut to spare your privileged sensitivities, yay!”
And they started off so well… almost.
I’ve never met a militant “militant vegan” who rants at people uninvited. I suspect very few exist in reality. I’ve been called similar for just answering simple questions. Don’t want to know? DON’T ASK. For goodness sake. Answering questions about my thesis doesn’t get me labelled a militant writer. Although I would enjoy that label. WHAT!
Vegans I know tend to read a lot on a subjects that interest them. Trying to one-up a person in their specialty area - veganism! animal rights! related areas! - may well land you in a pile of der-freddy. Just because you end up feeling out of your depth doesn’t make us the Bad Crazy Ranting Vegans… or the Bad Crazy Ranting Writer, either. Name-call! It makes you feel superior! Safe! Normal! Yay! Or don’t. Feeling superior - or safe or normal - doesn’t mean you are.
Lately, I’ve been hearing quite a bit about George Monibot, an individual who once promoted veganism as the best way to go green and has recently denounced his views acknowledging some animal products are more green than vegan farming.
On the same day, I noticed a new feature on Huffington…
“Only American audiences ask me, “What should I do?” I’m never asked this in third world. When you go to Turkey or Colombia or Brazil, they don’t ask you, “What should I do?” They tell you what they’re doing… These are poor, oppressed people, living under horrendous condition, and they would never dream of asking you what they should do. It’s only in high privileged cultures like ours that people ask this question… We can do anything. But people here are trained to believe that there are easy answers, and it doesn’t work that way. If you want to do something, you have to be dedicated and committed to it day after day. Educational programs, organizing, activism. That’s the way things change. You want a magic key, so you can go back to watching television tomorrow? It doesn’t exist.”—Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions, p. 39-40 (via sgandhi)
People who stuff up being vegan shouldn’t give out vegan/anti-vegan nutrition advice. It’s easy, short & long-term. What makes it hard is the misinformation and bad habits a few people cling to.
It’s not veganism’s fault you eat a poorly-balanced diet. Stop pointing fingers everywhere but at the mirror. Sort your shit out rather than (re-)engaging in exploitation.
Use your special human brain responsibly instead of wasting your time and energy banging on with lazy rhetoric about how you think you may or may not feel in your safe, privileged bubble. How do other animals feel? Yeah.
There are plenty of resources and people available to help you. Look. Ask. Find. Receive.
Don’t succumb to the head-in-the-sand, violent alternatives. Together we can be awesome and healthy and not participate in eco-vandalism, and end the exploitation of human and non-human animals. Engage in smart non-violence instead.