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23:11

There seem to be a few misconceptions about why I chose to aspire living vegan in the first place:

1. That I love non-human animals. Do I love them? Not more than humans, and I'm pretty much indifferent about most of them. Okay, maybe they piss me off a little more, but that's easy since it is more likely to gain knowledge of what they think and thus disagree. I don't even like human kids and still think that starving children and killing people are bad.

2. That I dislike the taste of meat or other animal products. I like it. Very much, in fact.

3. That I think not consuming animal products somehow makes me a perfect, flawless human being. Seriously?

4. That it actually means I somehow have no flaws anymore, or that I have to act morally and logically sound 100% of the time or otherwise I’m a hypocrite. While that is certainly my goal, I think it is quite unrealistic to ask that of someone [however, it doesn’t mean improper behaviour can’t be criticized]. But does the knowledge that complete moral integrity is impossible mean that ethics in general should be ditched? Do you also completely forget about orthography because you don’t know the spelling of every single word in $your_preferred_language? Do you quit learning something because you might never master it perfectly? Do you kill yourself because you’re not perfect, or made a mistake?

5. That I think it is impossible for me to cause harm to my environment in any way. I am well aware that I still have an impact on my surroundings. I just try to minimize it as much as possible. The fact that I can’t shrink it down to zero doesn’t mean that its size is of no importance. Do you push people around intentionally because sometimes, you can’t help but accidentally bump into them?

6. That I think it’s more healthy. In fact, I don’t know. I don’t even care. All I know is that it probably isn’t less healthy than an omnivorous diet - and that’s enough for me that health doesn’t count as a counter-argument in an ethical question.

7. That it’s a diet choice. Yeah, just like not eating humans is a diet choice [spoiler: I don’t kill humans even when I don’t plan to eat them].

Don't be the product, buy the product!

Schweinderl