As my readers know, I’ve had to take a hiatus from Think & Thrive to focus on a few other things going on in my life. But I haven’t forgotten about you! Today I wanted to drop in and write a brief impromptu post to share with you guys some thoughts I’ve been having.
The easier and more convenient it becomes to live a vegan lifestyle, the more I have to wonder about non-vegan lifestyles. Why it’s still such a popular choice, how it’s rationalized without severe cognitive dissonance (which it doesn’t seem that it can be), if and when non-vegan people plan on making the right decision for themselves and the innocent victims they’re exploiting; these questions and many more I grapple with regularly.
To be honest, it’s easy to disregard the frustration and disgust that comes with seeing people still choosing to abuse animals… most of the time. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to ignore. But as much as animal abuse ignites a fire within me, I am not the victim. I am not the one who deserves the pity. The defenseless, innocent holocaust victims are the ones who deserve the sympathy. Shot, gassed, stabbed, sexually violated, and betrayed by the farmers and “caretakers” who they trusted to serve their best interest. That is who we should be giving our compassion to.
Excuses are abundant. The only justification for using and abusing innocent beings is pathetic excuses, which are a dime a dozen. Rather than stepping up and doing the very least they can do for the animals and their own health, many people would rather throw out rehearsed excuses or pretend to be on some silly yo-yo diet like Keto (which is not a real diet, it is a vanity-centered eating disorder that wrecks the metabolism and starves the brain and cells of fiber, nutrition, and vital carbohydrates, ultimately leading to more weight gain that can never be corrected). Me, me, me, me, me. That is what the excuses are all about, not about the victims whose bodies are needlessly being used for indulgent, self-centered purposes.
Before I continue, a disclaimer: Non-vegans are not inherently bad people. While it is willfully ignorant to continue ignoring current nutritional science and choose to act blind to the reality of the senseless holocaust you’re financially contributing to, people are more than their lifestyle choices.
Veganism is not about me and it is not about you, it is about THEM. The innocent beings who are being used and massacred for milkshakes and omelettes and honey and sandwiches. If non-vegans don’t like hearing this, then perhaps they’re more aware of the unethical nature of their choices than they’d like to admit, otherwise why would it bother them so much to hear about the needless violence they’re paying into?
When it comes to health – every single thing that we need in order to achieve optimal nourishment, from protein to vitamins, can easily be gotten in abundance on a balanced plant-based diet. There is absolutely nothing that we need to consume that is only found in animal products. In fact, there is a wealth of scholarly information out there showing that not only is a fully plant-based diet the healthiest diet for all ages, both genders, and all conditions of health and stages of life from pregnancy to elderly, but that also proves how damaging and detrimentally unsafe animal flesh and byproduct consumption is for all parts of the human body.
Animal product consumption is unsafe for humans, feeds into our leading diseases and causes of death, is expensive and wasteful, and most importantly is as unethical as it possibly gets. Given how much more affordable and healthy it is to live a vegan lifestyle, you can imagine my dismay at how much of the population is still funding the cruelties of the animal agriculture industries.
If you’ve read this far, this is a call to action. Step up, consider what your dollars are demanding, and do right by innocent individuals and yourself.
There is no excuse for animal abuse.