As Australia burns, the media shows harrowing scenes of indigenous species like koalas and kangaroos, injured, burned and dying. We see so many human interest stories, individual koala mothers with infants clutching at their fur being rescued and cared for; we are invited to feel the personal tragedy of a single kangaroo joey tangled in the fence where he was incinerated. Whether mourned or rescued, they are viewed as individuals, and we are united in hope for their survival, watching with bated breath as we are shown desperate creatures under an orange sky, fleeing through the smoke with the inferno roaring at their heels. The estimated number of 500,000,000 (half a BILLION) deaths has remained static for well over a week and has no doubt been wildly exceeded by now* – possibly by several orders of magnitude – and will continue to climb.
They’ll tell you anywhere, anytime, using any loony excuse. If you’re in line at the DMV they’ll come up behind you and trumpet, “I’m not vegan anymore!” and expect kudos and back pats. Out for a walk? A wild-eyed ex-vegan will shout to you from a passing hybrid car, “I listened to my body and am eating animals again!” Shopping for veggies? Some no-longer-plant-based harridan with a cart chock full of meat, eggs and milk will sidle up and warn you about the devastating dangers of all that fiber! The crazy constipated gleam of “I’m one of the normal acceptable people again!” will glimmer dimly from their jaundiced eyes. Those are exaggerations, but not too much.
On the web and want to look up “loud-mouthed boasting ex-vegans alleviating their guilt”? You’ll get nothing but tragic ex-vegan stories full of hate for vegans and overflowing with lavish praise for the ex-vegans from the usual suspects. You know, those same people who vociferously hate it more than anything when a vegan mentions he/she is vegan to avoid awkward food situations and such. Well, suddenly those people can’t get enough of “what I eat” talk and can settle in for a full day & night of “well ain’t those vegans terrible!” Vegan-hating is so much fun for them. So much more so than facing the truth about themselves, about the world, about morals and ethics, humanity, animals, about life itself.
But (with quavering voice) they’re out to save human lives!
These poor folks who blare and splash their ex-vegan stories all over the place almost died by faithfully following that dangerous diet craze…that malicious cult…and by God they’re going to warn others about it! Never mind the fact that their stories are totally fabricated or that they thought they could live on corn chips and soda or that they only needed some adjustments to their diets to accommodate any special needs or that they simply were never vegan or even vegetarian to begin with. Forget all that…just let your emotions and that old standby—smug complacency, as well as your base appetites, rule your thinking. Hop onto the nearest vegan-hating bandwagon or shout and chest pound along with some torch carrying mob: “Death to all diehard vegans!” Now there’s how you achieve real self-worth and happiness in life. Oh yeah?
Bragging ex-vegans were never vegan to begin with…they toyed with a trendy plant-based diet because they may have had a twinge of guilt over some slaughter footage; but they found going against society’s grain too hard to stick with, and they quit and made a huge vegan-hating stink about it like the shiftless betrayers they are. To blame their failure on anything/anyone other than themselves, they turned their scathing eyes and pointy fingers onto vegans, and they employed their hypochondria to its fullest to prove their points about the dangers of eating vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds. So with full backing of a society largely into inventing and employing sociopathic excuses for purely evil practices, these ex-“vegans” now bask in the sorely missed comfort of fitting back in with that very sick society.
Fact: Anyone with access to plant produce and food markets can be vegan and very healthy. And that means the vast majority of the human race, even in the poorest of nations.
There’s enough variety of plant foods and enough technology to accommodate anyone’s particular restrictions or needs. But as long as they’re giving in to societal pressures and still eating animals, and they’re feeling guilt tugging at them for pretending it’s acceptable, they will do and say whatever they must to alleviate that guilt. And truth be damned.
Living comfy in a carefully constructed house of cards…
That’s how people like it. And wow, do they despise any upstart who comes along to upset their carefully crafted little world with something so rude as the truth about animals, breeding farms, slaughterhouses, all that stuff people love to pretend is acceptable behavior for human beings.
But that’s no way for any human to live, not if one values good morals and ethics and wants to make this world better. Only if one is happy being a parasite who habitually contributes to the unfairness and unspeakable suffering in this world can one be content in living that lie. But is such a human being meeting his/her great potential? For most, who are basically decent people, that happiness is a cushy nest made of lies. So of course many react with fury and no holds barred when some do-gooder comes by and topples and scatters that flimsy shelter of theirs with a mere:
People often accuse us of being nasty or judgmental towards non-vegans, turning them off from even attempting to be vegan in their not wanting to be associated with such hateful, vicious people. After all, if that’s how being vegan makes one feel, all angry and venomous, then they want nothing to do with it, would rather remain happy eating bacon and burgers with all the normal well-adjusted people. That’s how the story goes anyways. But it’s a crock load of nonsense, like all other anti-vegan brainwashing.
I treat non-vegans with respect and politeness, same as they treat me; but I treat anti-vegans with disdain or no regard at all because that’s what they deserve, at the very least.
A distinction that should be obvious
As with legal and illegal immigration, there is a huge difference between non-vegans and anti-vegans. Still, a more middle-ground non-vegan may have anti-vegan views developed by learning from media and elsewhere that vegans are to be despised and pitied for our “stupidity and lack of nutrition,” but those are the more neutral and reachable sorts of non-vegans, as they don’t have a vested interest in some sort of animal product industry, or they’re not overly emotionally charged with regard to what they like to eat. They are willing to listen to the other side of the story.
The anti-vegans, however, who actually deserve much worse than the worst vegans have to offer, are those venomously anti-vegan, obsessed individuals who often seem to make it their life’s mission to destroy veganism and for “humanity” to remain existing in slaughterhouse-based “civilizations.” They already know the vegan side of the story and they cannot tolerate it. These rabid anti-vegans want no vegans in the world, they often tell us to kill ourselves and other such hateful heckling; they’re basically just frothing with hatred for all things vegan. Those are the people many vegans are “bashing” or otherwise being “aggressively judgmental” about. The difference between non- and anti- is clear, although muddied up and obscured expertly by the usual suspects.
That’s not to say some vegans aren’t annoyingly priggish and pushy at times, but they’ve got their reasons, are rightfully upset or angry. Consider how no one would accuse anti-pedophilia activists of being priggish and pushy, except for pedos, that is. If you’ve a problem with comparing animal slaughter to child molestation or other violent crimes, then you need to examine your real reasons for that reaction…get fully honest with yourself. Everyone knows that those ruthless/violent towards animals are 99% the ones who will treat people likewise as soon as the opportunity arises. Please realize what you are nurturing by embracing such speciesism.
How to deal?
So, when critics of vegans are tone-policing us to make us feel bad and wrong for speaking up, for treating decent people like shit and being counterproductive, destroying our cause, realize what’s going on there. It’s all lies based in more lies with a foundation of subhuman cruelty. Think of your own lives and how you treat family and others based in their respect for you and treatment of you; remember how you are not this self-righteous scourge whom everyone dreads running into for fear of your attacking their plates of food and screaming at them, etc.. Or if people do dread you, it’s about something else, not your non-use of animal products. But it’s often about their own guilt and shame which they, not you, have brought to light simply due to you’re statement, “I’m vegan.”
Case in point: I have a neighbor who I only mentioned to once that I’m vegan as a hint, because she’s been giving me holiday gifts with animal products which I’ve had to donate elsewhere, and I didn’t want that anymore. No, I didn’t tell her I’ve donated her gifts or in any way mention them…I’ve only thanked her for them in the past. So recently, when I ran into her carrying a plate of food from the barbecue area, she actually tried to hide it from me. I could only say a friendly hello and be perplexed and keep on walking. We’re both very mature women and this seems like such childish behavior. But that’s what happens to people when this particular “nerve” gets struck in them, just from the simplest mention of someone being vegan.
Now, to the tone-policing vegan basher out there, the above incident would be further proof of vegans being self-righteous pricks and “no wonder everyone hates us” and all that nonsense, all based in the strange ”I’m guilty and you’re bad for making me feel this” reaction of the triggered meat lover, based in my doing nothing at all inappropriate or in any way impolite. I simply didn’t want to get any more non-vegan gift items. By the way, last Christmas, her idea of vegan was still milk chocolate and other animal products. So there you go…I attributed it to her husband buying the gifts and not knowing any better. Off to the homeless center the unwanted items went. Sigh.
So, if you as a vegan have been letting yourself feel put down and guilty for simply existing and not being silent about your ethical concerns and your grief for the animals, try to not let that happen anymore. Try to make clear out there the difference between non- and anti-vegans and whenever necessary, don’t let the latter get away with the usual deceitful tactics. Realize what’s going on and that you’re not to blame. You’re not destroying any cause by fighting fire with fire (as in “ammo” not blazes) at times and you’re not responsible for people “eating a hamburger right now” (and a 2nd one for extra spite!) or any of the other nonsense people will pull out of their nether regions. A lot of it is gaslighting, which I wrote about in an earlier article.
In closing, simply don’t ever let yourself feel like a wrongdoer for grieving and fighting to end the torturous lives and ruthless killing of these helpless, highly sensitive beings: