I understand that people think Vegans and Vegetarians are annoying. I get it. It looks like a really judgemental view point and no one wants to hear about why their lifestyle is wrong. Vegans hate it too. There's nothing more annoying than someone asking me if I'm careful about my vitals. So frustrating. So of course I understand why it would be annoying to have me asking someone if they understand the fundamentals of their diet.
There is one crucial difference however.
Many people become Vegan after learning some hard truths. They either watch a documentary on animal cruelty, read an article on the link between factory farming and climate change or have a very scary visit to the doctor's office. Whatever it may be; they get INFORMATION. Information that you will only get if you actively seek it or have thrust upon you. When you have the information; all you want to do is share it! Of course you do. Like when you find an amazing vintage shop in the Valley and you want all your friends to share in this new joy. Honestly; Veganism is exactly the same. When you learn all this information and you discover all these benefits, you just want people to know in case they want to experience some of the same pleasure.
My main argument for sharing "Vegan wisdom" is: I wish someone told me. Honestly; I mean that. I wish that ten years ago I knew about the conditions of factory farming and that I COULD DO SOMETHING. I wish I knew how much power I did have. You better believe I would have gone Vegan. Even at 13, I would have. But I didn't know any of this until a year ago. The moment I learned it; I wanted to make change. I wanted to be a better person and understand the impact my day-to-day choices have on the world.
Many people in my life are amazing people. They are amazing, self-less, intelligent and well educated people. But they don't understand the concept of Veganism. And that's okay. The truth is; why would you? Unless you've found out yourself, why would anyone understand the good of giving up cheese? Vanity? God no....
This is why Vegans want to speak out. It's in the hope of saying : "you know, you may be interested to know that if you didn't eat meat one day a week, you'd be having a huge impact on the size of your carbon footprint?" Most people would roll their eyes and ask you to shut your Vegan mouth. But occassionally, someone may say "Why? Really?" And you can explain to them some truths about the Meat Industry and how devastating it is on the environment that of course they would not have known before. This information is not readily availaable. It isn't on the news. It isn't on posters.
But that doesn't mean it's not true.
If you aren't interested in changing your lifestyle: that's okay. But make sure it's because you don't want to, not because you are misinformed. Like I was for so many years....
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