- April 9th, 2013
Being a Vegan is not about believing in lies, and it is not about telling lies. It is about a simple to understand hard to follow faith of how one would live morally, and maybe change the world for the better, reducing the suffering of animals - living beings. I adore Vegans and support them in staying the course.
Three of my favorite people in the world are Vegan, two of them just keep on with their regular lives, another takes a more active role in Veganism. If I could be Vegan, it seems likely I would be.
I so want to continue to be a Vegan supporter, but due to what I see Veganism becoming, I find it increasingly difficult. These are my quick scribbles about what disturbs me so much.
1. A cult
Veganism (not general Vegans, the movement as it is now becoming, in my view) is not about telling lies, or believing them. It is about making the lie your truth.
You'd twist facts, choose truths, and speak them as loudly as possible. You'd do this in a convincing fashion, pasture-like, use words like "thank you for choosing compassion" and "thank you for accepting the truth".
Instead of speaking on moral issues with absolute certainty of a believer, you'd also speak of ecology and of health as if your version is the one truth, period. That is simply not true.
You'd use logical fallacies, you'd make blue seem red.
You'd choose heroic figures who usually wear white and are very charming.
When there is one truth, it is a cult. No religion invented this day and age gets to be called a religion, unless you're Scientology.
2. Masses oriented
It is not about reaching people, it is about reaching as many people as possible.
This is a good way to make a change, I don't necessarily see a problem with this part. The problem is, many activists today confuse this with "by any means necessary".
Most Vegan activist operations (as I call them) fellow Vegans refer to as pranks, and smile. Chopped head, blood. Gore.
They make me run for dear life.
Supporters of a cause and/or haters of another will like it a bit when a competing sports team loses, or when someone you don't like gets fired.
This does not make them bad people or supporters of the action - it does mean however that the heroes most Vegans get to have are idiots. Veganism needs new heroes.
But how is invading public space with a chopped head of a cow, or posting something on Facebook where a child could see it over my shoulder, okay?
If they are hard extremists, they might say: Deal with it! Children should know the truth! You are just blind and finding excuses! If flipped back at them with examples that affect their beliefs or their children, they are back on point attacking you - the marker of someone you shouldn't talk to.
They can't conceive why a dead head would disturb me more than meat that is already processed. I can spent a multitude on saying why I disagree, but that isn't for here.
Just like any religion and ideology, they live in a society, and unless the society is very much Vegan, they will not gain much by violence beyond convincing the convinced. They should read on how revolutions are achieved, or at least a bit about PR for crying out loud.
4. It's about the masses
In PR, as well as in its older name, propaganda, it's not about "as long as they talk about you," it's about "what is the idea that comes to mind when they think about you." Ask any Child Rapist and see that this PR truism is false.
More importantly, it is violent because it won't let go of my personal life. My personal space is my own, and if you keep violating it, I will not only grow to really dislike you, but also at best close the door in your face.
Ask Jahova's Witnesses in the States. No idea about their conversion rates, but this trick of theirs has made them a national joke, or trope, to be mentioned on TV shows. It's the only thing I know about them unless I search for them specifically.
They are acting like a cult and believe the law is okay to break.
Them people are Veganists rather than Vegans. Vegans I like.
If I could be a Vegan, I'd stay the hell away from any Veganists, or go in fighting, fighting for what I believe in to be true, as lies tend break down and heroes in white to somehow get arrested.