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“Mmm, bacon”

There’s no shortage of “mmm, bacon” comments on social media these days. In a way, I look forward to them. Not because of their originality or hilarity, but because of what they represent. Cognitive dissonance. That feeling of discomfort when one’s actions contradict one’s beliefs. There’s three ways to handle the cognitive dissonance of “loving [...]

By |2019-08-29T20:31:25+10:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Veganism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The animals are suffering and so are you

When we’re advocating for animals, it’s tempting to say things like “you think it’s rough for you, imagine what the animals are going through!” I get it. Most of us do have tremendous privilege compared to animals.  Here’s the problem: when we minimize someone’s suffering through comparison, we’re distorting their subjective experience to suit our [...]

By |2019-08-26T20:48:17+10:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Activism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why vegans must speak up

It’s important for vegans to keep speaking up. Why? Because people don’t know what they don’t know. Twelve years ago, I hardly knew what a vegan was. Five years ago, I didn’t know what minimalism was. Three years ago, I didn’t know what zero waste was all about. Thank goodness for the people who kept [...]

By |2019-08-04T19:15:13+10:00August 4th, 2019|Categories: Activism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Compassion versus veganism

“I thought veganism was about compassion for everyone, including humans!” Unfortunately some people use this statement as a silencing tactic. Compassion is experiencing someone’s suffering and taking steps to alleviate their pain. Some people take this literally, and expect us to tell them only what they want to hear. Perhaps they want vegans to be [...]

By |2019-07-18T20:10:33+10:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Activism, Veganism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Veganism vs Reducetarianism

I support reducetarianism ONLY IF it’s a pit stop on the way to veganism. While eating less flesh does mean that fewer animals are slaughtered, the fact is that vegetarian or flexitarian or reducetarian diets still require animal harm. In other social justice movements, is less an ultimate goal? Fewer cases of child abuse and [...]

By |2019-07-17T21:23:03+10:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Veganism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Going vegan is too damn hard

Perception is a funny thing. Every change seems hard, before we do it. And every change seems easy, after the fact. Just like when we become vegan. Before I became vegan, I remember thinking that it was impossible. Only when I actually took the plunge, did I realise just how simple veganism was. At first, [...]

Avoiding burnout when you’re an activist

Disclaimer: this article specifically addresses vegan activism, although the points here are relevant to all forms of activism - whether animal liberation, gender equality, same sex marriage, or any of the myriad causes towards which we can lend ourselves. Activism is stressful. Whether it's attending protest rallies, rescuing abandoned animals, or capturing footage of terrified [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+10:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Mental Health, Stress management, Veganism|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why everybody hates vegans

Vegans are hungry. They're hungry for the things that aren't easily found in today's world. Justice. Equality. Compassion. Peace. Why does everybody hate vegans? Because they remind us of what's possible. Vegans have the ultimate motivation, inspiration, and willpower. They have the fortitude to stick to their convictions, no matter how much mockery, ridicule, humiliation, [...]