Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Do vegans only love animals and would refuse to help a person in need?

I created a new character (on the right) who represents comments, questions and accusations that I or other vegans receive from non-vegans. Ideally, I would always prefer to have respectful chats but unfortunately sometimes the tempers are a bit heated. The girl on the left will always respond as kindly as possible. I believe that vegans and non vegans mostly have the same values of compassion, kindness and non-violence but in the non-vegans' case the conditioning of carnism has created a disconnect (and I grew up with this disconnect myself). I believe that with proper vegucation many of the not-yet-vegans would lean towards veganism and hopefully give it a chance.
Of course, in some cases, the conditioning and defenses are so dense that the best way is to ignore the comments or attacks.
But I heard plenty of feedback from formerly dense and on-the-attack meat eaters who eventually dropped their defenses and went vegan. Their desperate attempts to hold on to meat eater logic are just the last hurdles they need to climb before veganism makes sense.
With this new character I want to show that it is possible to talk to the person behind the attack rather than reacting to the often insulting comments. They often come from a place of anger that masks insecurity.