- Mar 23, 2018
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My question is mostly directed at those who use to live with meat eaters and got away.
Did it make a huge change in your life?
Did it make a huge change in your life?
I can't agree with intolerance of others for simply making different food choices than I make any more than I can be intolerant of people that make different religious choices than I make. And let's be perfectly honest here, what you are vocalizing here is nothing less than a superior attitude for your own choices while using veganism as a baseball bat to beat the heads of non-vegans. I just have to say...YUCK!
I've said this before with regard to relationships.... If you find yourselves at odds over veganism, perhaps you should both dodge a bullet and look elsewhere. There are just way, way more consequential issues in any relationship that will need to be compromised than each others food choices. You guys are only in your 30's. Idealism and dogma should be fading into your pasts by this point in your lives as I'm guessing many, many relationships already have. If you are unwilling or unable to compromise on a minor point like your own diets, what real chance to you really have when there are genuine issues that need to be resolved as there are in every relationship?
The only thing I am really preaching here, and most likely on deaf ears, is tolerance for others. Fine if you don't want to live with a non-vegan. I get that. What I will never understand is trying to change someone once you are already in a relationship to your beliefs. What? You never had a clue prior that this individual didn't share your beliefs in veganism and now you are angry that they won't change for you?
But you know me right? You've certainly labeled me often enough. An ignorant person is also incapable of admitting their own arrogance.I've been living as a supposedly vegan since 2009 and I've never been vocal about veganism or pushed it on anyone but plenty of meat eaters have been disrespectful because I don't eat the same foods as they eat.
You don't know me and you will never understand a non-conformist as your mind is only capable of extremes.
But you know me right? You've certainly labeled me often enough. An ignorant person is also incapable of admitting their own arrogance.
I myself am trying to adopt a vegan lifestyle because i realize how much animals suffer just for our self-gratification. We don't even really need meat now that we can harvest nuts, seeds, soy, etc.
But i think that living with someone who is non-vegan will cause us to feel tempted to go back to our old habits.
I am fortunate enough to have lived with a vegetarian most of my life. Although I love vegetarian food, I didn't really see veganism as that much of a step beyond vegetarianism. I probably was a bit unwise in that assumption but all in all, it has worked out just fine. I learned from my vegetarian partner the lesson that you don't try and force your food choices on anyone else no matter the reasons for your choices. I knew she was a vegetarian when we met and she knew that I wasn't. Not once in all the years we have been together has there been a disagreement over either of our food choices. Just as she never tried to convince me to become vegetarian, I have never tried to convince her to become vegan.
I am the cook in the family. I happily cooked vegetarian dish after vegetarian dish over the years because that is what made my wife happy and I enjoyed them all even as a meat eater myself. Today, the vegan dishes I create are met with the same pleasant reception by my wife. My wife isn't a vegan but is quite happy to eat vegan dishes.
If you can't live with a non-vegan as stated above, you shouldn't have to. Nor would I wan to live with a vegan that tried to make me conform to their beliefs. I'd be happy to listen to them but in the end, it is my decision, not yours. And by "yours" I mean anyone else. I think considering that vegans are a scant few percent of the population as a whole, you are only limiting your own options anyway. Darwin would have something to say about those odds.