I read a post today that I felt compelled to share.
Gentle World just posted an article, What’s in a word, that I hope spreads far and wide. Having been a vegetarian, and than vegan, long before most even knew what that meant, I have seen a lot of changes over the years, from what is offered in grocery stores to public awareness. Among the many changes I’ve witnessed is that being vegan has become a recent fad. Unfortunately, what is means to be a vegan is still largely misunderstood, even by some people who claim to now be one. What I appreciate about What’s in a word is that it highlights the true meaning of being vegan; it highlights my essence.
Vegan is not a diet, it is an ethic. It is the belief that all sentient beings have the right to their own life and deserve therein to be treated with compassion and care. We see past the culturally indoctrinated belief that humans have dominion over all others and therefore have the ‘right’ to abuse, exploit and cause mass suffering of other species.
It befuddles me when someone says, “I use to be vegan.” To me that only highlights that they never were vegan to begin with. What you eat does not define you, it is who you are and what you stand for that defines you.
I hope this current fad evolves into a loving revolution where more and more people will opt out.