bully 1 |ˈbo͝olē|
noun (pl. bullies)
a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
verb (bullies, bullying, bullied) [ with obj. ]
use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants: a local man was bullied into helping them.
Now, consider how vegans are concurrently said to be weak and wimpy. That bullies’ “strength and power” and “superior strength or influence to intimidate” would seem to negate that wuss charge, wouldn’t it? But never mind logic or truth…people have got abject ruthlessness to uphold. And by God, they will fight tirelessly for it!
Anyhow, somewhere there is a lie or two, or three…
First, vegans are not weak or wimpy; if we were we’d still be lolling in the comfort of society’s aggressive (bullying) majority, still willingly partaking in the exploitation, abuse and slaughter of animals (more bullying), since that’s all the norm, for ages. And several top athletes are vegan, including MMA fighters and bodybuilders, like Frank Medrano shown at left. It also takes huge strength of character and compassion to stand up against these aggressors who act as society’s henchmen, continually, bitterly condemning veganism (as in more bullying). So we’re anything but weak or wimpy.
Second, we’re often said to be all fuss and bother for no good at all, foolishly wasting our time on soft-hearted “nonsense” which nobody cares about, nobody’s listening to. “People will always use and kill animals and there’s not a damn thing you vegtards can do about it!” they’ll rage. (Hmm, seems rather bullying to me, on their part.) They really can go on and on about how “you can’t change anything and nobody cares,” ironically.
Also quite ironic that those same types, by calling us bullies who thereby turn people off “our cause,” are by definition accusing us of using “superior strength or influence to intimidate,” doesn’t it? Especially when that’s instead what they’re doing, big-time, aggressively and hatefully using their vast majority power to try to intimidate us and stop us from speaking up, etc. The irony is so very thick. “Thick” also as in stupid.
Third, to harm or intimidate others who are weaker…as in animal farming…to force them to do what one wants, are quite opposite of what vegans are trying to accomplish. Veganism is about love for others who are not evil; bullying is all about hate and abuse of innocence, and is thereby evil. Ethical vegans only try to influence others to stop participating in the extreme bullying of animal abuse by telling the truth about animal farming, etc.. And we all realize that no one can be forced to be vegan…we certainly weren’t. Unless you think of “force” as being made aware of the simple truth by someone showing or telling us, and then our voluntarily stopping our participation in it. If that’s force, then I was forced to finally go fully vegan in 2009, by listening and looking at what people had to say. “Forced” by my conscience. Which is only a good thing.
I didn’t get into the food and nutrition arguments here; those points are equally controversial and inspiring much wrath from the loud and aggressive faction of society’s animal agriculture defenders…those who cherish the practice of growing animals as products to be used, slaughtered, eaten, worn, as if they are animate objects devoid of “real” feelings or needs. So unlike humans, they say, except when we deem them appropriate as test models for us, as in medical and psychological “research.” People so love throwing huge amounts of the public’s money into that bottomless pit of sadistic “science.” It makes people feel so special… “inferior” others must suffer or be sacrificed in the search for cures for our ills.
All the while, the most needed “cure” of all remains conspicuously elusive.
Now ask yourself, who are the actual bullies? Who are those who use ill-gotten strength and power totally unfairly to use others who are helpless and/or innocent, to force them to do things, to intimidate, harm, kill them? And so forth, including all their vileness towards animal advocates. Who fights for humans practicing the morals and ethics of hyenas, but only when deemed “necessary evil” done against “others”?
“Nobody likes a bully,” they say, which is true, but there they refer to assertive or zealous vegans and animal advocates. But underneath it all, who are they really referring to? Self-hate mixed with extreme hubris comes to mind here. Quite the insanity-inducing conundrum. Who are they? They know who they are. And so do I.
Escape the insanity. Come be vegan with us and fight for animal liberation, which is all that can free us from our subhumanity. We can change this world.