With all the recent vegan news, its fair to say people are starting to really hate vegans. If you’re living in Australia you would’ve seen the recent vegan protests blocking off intersections, a cafe blaming its closing on vegan harassment and the recent news programs slamming vegans as “terrorists”. When calling any group of people “terrorists”, its easy to elicit fear. Also, its easy to hate them.
Our morals are a core reflection of who we are as individuals. When we start to question our morals is when we start to question ourselves. We obviously don’t like being in conflict with ourselves, and thats where self doubt and guilt can start to boil. But, group mentality is powerful, and if theres one person saying something is okay, then it must be okay….right?
The clear fact of it is, we all know in one way or another eating animals just doesn’t feel entirely okay. I remember when I used to eat meat, cutting into a chicken parma and not connecting the word ‘chicken’ to the physical bird I’m eating. Not connecting that this crumbed slab of flesh was once part of a living being. Its so easy to ignore the clawing feeling of guilt, the questions and the doubt. Its easy because you look around the table and see everyone else tucking into a steak, fish and chips, ragu, soft shelled crab, lamb chops, eggs and bacon, pulled pork and chicken wings. Its easy to ignore, because tradition trumps guilt. Tradition becomes a crutch.
So yes, people hate vegans because we represent their own struggles. People hate vegans because we make them question what they consider normal, and what they’re comfortable with. They hate us because their on morality is at stake.
When faced with hate, try not to retaliate the same way. Understand where they’re coming from, be gentle in your approach. You need to crack their shell softly, we don’t want to shatter it.