Going vegan sits amongst my greatest life decisions: Marrying Ross, moving to the East coast, and living cruelty free. These decisions have defined my life in such a way, it is safe to say I would not be the person I am today without these definitive moments.
But guess what, it hasn’t been easy.
I am not a vegan because it is my opinion. This decision is not based on opinion, it is based on factual information which I made the decision to embrace. I didn’t invent veganism and I am not the first vegan to walk the Earth. My predecessors include Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Ghandi, and Issac Newton to name a few. However, within my circle of friends and family — I am the first vegan.
It is important to remember that opinions do not change facts. A person’s opinion that bacon tastes good does not change the fact an animal suffered and died in order for that pig flesh to exist.
A person’s ignorance does not change the fact that we murder 56 billion animals annually for human consumption. With 7.3 billion humans on Earth, and roughly 1 billion of them starving…your ignorance to these numbers does not change the fact that this math doesn’t add up.
Why are we killing these animals on such a grandiose scale, yet the grain to fatten these animals could help alleviate the world’s hunger issue?
It makes no sense to eat animal flesh seeking the nutrients in the animal which only exist because the animal ate plants. #GrassFed #CutTheMiddleMan
Veganism is about much more than looking like a babe in a bikini (although it helps). Living a cruelty free lifestyle is about solving the world’s ecological and humanitarian problems. In the information age, choosing not to educate yourself on these topics is just that: A choice.
I was not raised vegan.
I did not become vegan because I did not like the taste of meat, dairy, or eggs.
I became vegan because one day, I had the courage to take responsibility for my choices.
Let me explain how this has been an uphill battle: People do not like to step out of their comfort zones. My former self included. People have an aversion to truths which cause them to question their belief systems.
Truth can be the enemy of belief. And pride can be the enemy of self.
Often times, a person’s pride stands between them and a life which could be enjoyed to the fullest.
I’ve noticed that a person’s true colors emerge when they are asked to question a long-standing belief in exchange for truth and facts. It is typically those who are the most outspoken against the truth, who harbor the most fear. These people are the ones who lash out and create excuses instead of educating themselves on the topic of veganism. These are the people who are weak in the face of change. Even if this change will greatly benefit themselves, the planet, and fellow Earthlings.
“Isn’t man an amazing animal? He kills wildlife by the million in order to protect his domestic animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billion and eats them. This in turn kills man by the millions, because eating animals leads to degenerative (and fatal) health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals to look for cures to these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other humans are being killed by hunger and malnutrition, because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, yet once per year sends out cards praying for peace on Earth.”
In short, this journey has opened my eyes. Choosing to educate myself on veganism has changed my life for the better, while simultaneously causing my heart great suffering.
Choosing to remove the veil over my eyes has shown me how sick humanity has become; killing for pleasure and making food choices without a second thought as to how these actions may be reverberated around the world.
Being vegan isn’t for everyone because most cannot bear the thought of change. Most cannot bear the sight of a tortured pig, chicken, or cow. Yet, the connection isn’t made when they sit down to a steak or fried chicken sandwich.
If you haven’t read my “going vegan” story, click here. I go into great detail about our decision to cut animal products out of our lives.
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