Mar 27, 2007
Vegetarians and vegans often find themselves having to defend not only their own eating habits but vegetarianism and veganism as a whole - both philosophically and nutritionally. When it comes to health, those aiming for a plant-based diet are definitely on the right track, especially considering how few vegetables people are eating these days. When it comes to ethics, they are merely trying to live a life that reflects compassion. I think it's time we turn the tables and start holding each other accountable for the better choices we can ALL be making. If we turn the tables, we can stay focused on the issues at hand: ending animal cruelty and improving our physical and emotional well-being. I also suggest that we take back the word "agenda," something animal advocates are accused of having, and I offer my thoughts about the question: "Do you think you're 'morally superior' to me because you're vegan and I'm not?" Finally, I share some of my favorite communication strategies that might help us all find common ground so we can stop attacking one another and begin addressing the bigger picture. In other words, can't we all just get along?