Yes, that’s right, you do have to become an active activist to be a vegan or a vegetarian. Burn your bras, ladies! Always have an arsenal of red paint filled balloons to throw on random passersby wearing fur. If you see a small child walking their toy poodle you better release the beast and preach the absurdity of leashing a wild animal while simultaneously urging the little beasty to leave its tiny oppressive human and run free (but also away from traffic). VegHeads unite!
And now back to reality for a bit. To answer this questions seriously (because I was kidding in the previous paragraph), you DO NOT have to become an active activist to be a vegan or a vegetarian.
What do I mean by active activist? Well there are two definitions of the word “active,” one that’s the typical idea of actively active and another that’s more passively active according to the all-knowing Google. The more actively active definition means to be engaged in action; characterized by energetic work, participation, etc; busy. The actively passive definition refers to being in a state of existence, progress, or motion.
So the way I see it, by simply deciding to go either vegan or vegetarian, you are automatically a passively active activist. You are in a state of existence, progress, or motion against the cruelty of animals by making the choice to not support the meat, leather, and dairy industries yourself. You can stop there. You don’t have to do anything else, because you’re already saving lives.
If you do want to become an active activist, by all means go for it. Do the research on animal cruelty and nutrition, fill your Facebook page full of anti-animal abuse photos, give only vegan recipe books and Vitamixes to your friends and family for holidays and for God’s sake don’t wear fur. (Because you look ridiculous dressed up as Sasquatch.)
I don’t consider myself to be an active activist. My family, friends, boyfriend, and co-workers do not listen to me preach about animal cruelty and why they should become a vegHead too. Why? There’s 3 main reasons for this.
- While I love the little beasties of the world, I also understand that people have to make up their own minds about this lifestyle. Deciding to go against every “fact” about nutrition you were lied to about taught is a huge decision. No one should feel pressured to join any cause. There’s thousands of articles, videos, eloquent public speeches and advertisements in the world exposing animal cruelty and promoting a vegHead lifestyle. People know what’s going on. We live in a world of endless answers at our fingertips, so anyone telling you they don’t already know what’s going on with animals is lying. If after all these resources thrown in their faces people still choose to turn a blind eye and support these industries, they are a lost cause. I don’t like wasting my energy and time preaching to the self-inflicted deaf.
- I am not entirely eloquent when I speak. I’m short, have a high-pitched voice, and turn really red when I get into headed debates. Not many people can take a combination like this seriously, which is why I started a blog instead of a YouTube channel.
- I’m a Christian (surprise!) and fully believe in preaching by example. I want people to see how healthy I am, how much energy I have, and see how much peace of mind I get by not eating meat. Then I want them to be damn jealous of me. When people see all these great affects from my lifestyle I want them to want the same thing for themselves. I think people learn the best by seeing first and then doing. Isn’t that how we all learned in school anyway? Aren’t you more likely to want to wear some crazy fashion trend your close friends and family are into than the uniform you’re forced to wear at school? Hell yeah.
You won’t ever see me throwing paint on fur-wearing pedestrians and there won’t be any articles on why meat eaters should convert or die on this blog (unless it’s an article about health and I’m talking about actually dying from clogged arteries, etc.).
This lifestyle blog is about as actively active as I get with my activism. You don’t have to start a blog yourself. If you are thinking of making the choice to stop eating meat, but don’t want to be an active activist for the cause, do not let the idea that you need to be that way deter you from this lifestyle. There are far too many people turned off from this lifestyle by the elitist, snobby, rude stigmas that vegans and vegetarians are linked to. As long as you want to go vegHead, do it. You do your part and let the rest of the world catch up to your awesomeness.