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From: Leslie ( -
Subject: Re: Bemused vegan
Date: February 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm PST

In Reply to: Bemused vegan posted by Alan Woods on January 29, 2013 at 10:36 am:

People can get very uncomfortable, adversarial, angry, when their "way of life" or lifestyle is in any way challenged. I often think then of how uncomfortable southern white folks became when their comfortable way of living was threatened, when they would have to run a plantation or factory without the assistance of free slave labor. Uncomfortable enough to go to war and much of what I read in the comments you posted were echoes of the kinds of things people said in the 1860's -- calling those who challenged them crazy, people that would just "mess up" their lives, etc. etc. It's a natural human reaction to change. If you're into reading, an interesting read is Marjorie Siegel's The Dreaded Comparison, comparing attitudes about exploiting animals to attitudes in the 1800's about exploiting other humans regarded as inferior. I don't know if the world will ever get past those kinds of limiting attitudes, but I can tell you that people in 1860 probably never thought we'd have a black president, either, in 150 years. It certainly gives hope and it certainly explains these feelings. What these people fail to realize is that ALTERNATIVES ARE INTRINSICALLY OF A HIGHER ORDER -- always. It's the way we grow, finding new ways to do things, and in the case of veganism, new delicious foods and ways of living without doing harm and exploiting other living beings to the best of our knowledge and ability. It's the only way we grow, without these challenges that inevitably make people uncomfortable and angry, we would still be painting on cave walls. I have found that being rather quiet but going about my business making delicious food is the best way, people take notice of what you do and when they find "your" food isn't weird, or tasteless, but can be amazingly delicious, you have made a powerful statement no amount of arguing can do.

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