4 thoughts on “Tackling Obstacles in Our Own Psychology and Harmful Systems When Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle

  • February 14, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Honest question: can you comment on “tackling obnoxious smugness and sense of self-superiority”… it is dripping throughout your post..

    What my question would be is do you not see the smugness and your trying to make yourself superior to the vast majority of people who eat meat? Or do you see it, but simply think everyone is a barbarian who is unenlightened? Sincerely doubt you have the courage to answer the question…but hope you do.

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    • February 25, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you for your honest feedback and taking the time to respond Jim. I apologize that the post landed with you as smug and as if I feel I am superior to anyone because of it. I assure you, I don’t see myself as superior at all. I grew up eating animals, like most people on the planet, and many of my family and friends continue to. My intention with the post is to explore the difficulties people have when they no longer want to eat animals in a world that doesn’t align with that point of view. I have struggled with this personally and continue to think about how to effectively support people who are struggling themselves. Additionally, I hope that it may also support people in exposing them to the research and science behind our moral attitudes and emotional responses toward other animals so that we can all be curious as to why we see them as food at all when we have alternatives. Hopefully this will allow people think about of our underlying belief systems and subsequent behavior around how we treat other animals, and make different choices if they feel moved to do so. I will certainly explore how to choose my words differently as to not alienate others or seem to make them wrong for their beliefs and behaviors, as that is the exact opposite of my intention. We all have things to learn in our interactions with others, and I am no exception. Thank you for the opportunity to do so.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Well said for the realization and awakening of our intrinsic nature to be lovely kind to all sentient beings. This is especially true when one realizes each animal is a holy temple, deserving of respect.

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    • February 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments and taking the time to read and respond.

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