A Possibility

Deidra

Occasionally, I run across a blog that is the product of immense talent, composed by a writer and artist who succeeds at turning the mundane into the beautiful.  When this happens, I want to share so everyone can enjoy.  Such a blog is Violet’s Veg*n e-Comics.

As a more-or-less vegetarian, I have long admired the vegan lifestyle.  Being a vegan is such a powerful statement about our commitment to our fellow creatures.  Although I doubt I will ever have a strong enough will to make that leap, I wholeheartedly support those who refrain from eating not only dead animals, but the products of their bodies, such as milk and eggs.

Most days, I think that vegans will always be a tiny minority in North America and will never be able to change the world.  But then, I will be explaining why I don’t eat meat to someone, and they will respond with something like:

  • “It’s just a hamburger, there’s nothing wrong with it.” (the “I can’t be bothered to think for myself” approach)
  • “As long as it doesn’t look like a dead animal, it doesn’t bother me.”  (the “stick your head in the sand” approach)
  • “Most of these animals would never even have been born if they weren’t being raised for sale.”  (the “begging the question” or “circuitous logic” approach)
  • “If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made of meat?”  (so are you, idiot)

That’s when I realize that mere words will never convince anyone of the evils of eating meat (or anything else, for that matter).  I think of the diatribes and acrimonious videos put out by PETA, and I realize that bonking the public over the head is not going to change anyone’s mind.  The raucousness merely turns people off.

No, the only way to begin changing attitudes is to lead by example.  Sure, some will say we’re crazy and others will call us tree-hugging hippies, but there will always be those who will open their minds just enough to view allowing all God’s creatures the same right to live that we expect for ourselves for what it is:  A possibility.

Story TimeMe, sharing “Where Are You Going, Deidra?” with my 8 month old niece last weekend.  “Shhhh!”

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3 thoughts on “A Possibility

  1. I have been eating mostly vegan for the past month. My motivation was mostly health. I have lost some weight and I definitely feel loads better than when I am consuming heavy meat and dairy foods. I have learned a lot about how much protein I really need and how to get it through plant based foods. To stay inspired I have been watching food documentaries on Netflix such as “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” (a great story), “Vegucated” following 3 meat eaters as they try eating vegan for 6 weeks and “Food Matters” which I highly recommend.

    Like I said, my motive has been mostly health and not the “we should treat animals better” track. But, as I delve into the vegan world, I understand that a bit more. The condition that most factory farm animals live (or don’t live) in is deplorable. I really desire to eat with a conscience as clean as can be from all of that. This is addressed mostly in the film “Vegucated” and was pretty hard to watch.

    What I do not hear from the vegan voices (at least in the afore mentioned films) is a protest for the way our vegetables are grown and harvested…mostly by a human population suffering back breaking work at less than a living wage. If we want to eat with a truly clean conscience, then we’re going to have to accept that our bananas can no longer be .49 a pound.

    I know it’s complicated and I live with a lot of ambiguity as I am of a lower income myself and the system is so big now it’s hard to feel like you can make a difference. I suppose part of the answer is to buy as much as you can from local small farm stands or markets. Little changes can add up.

    Thanks for the post.

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