|This picture doesn't do this meal justice!!|
Speaking of bridging the vegan/non vegan divide, I discovered a video via twitter, and as both an ethical vegan, and a server who has worked only in non-vegan restaurants, I found this video to be so spot on. I had never heard of The Vegan Bros before. I usually stay away from anything "brotastic" but I have watched a few of their other videos, and I like their message. In my opinion, the vegan message is starting to sway away from the animals. I am all for the healthy plant based eating movement, even though many of those types of eaters aren't vegan in their other lifestyle choices. They are still not eating meat, and that is a huge start, and help to the overall problem of animal cruelty. On a daily basis I want to scream at the top of my lungs for people to give an eff about something and stop eating meat. I want to stand guard at the meat departments and ream and judge everyone who dares to come try and buy some meat. But me, and my ego and my desires are not what matters, animals lives matter to me. I do not want to turn people off from veganism. We live in a world where people make lifelong decisions based on one small piece of information. So, as a vegan, when I watch some of these vegan YouTubers, it turns me off from the movement, I can only imagine a non-vegan. So, the Vegan Bros are sending a great message, and they definitely have mainstream appeal, which is what we need! We're getting there, but we need to get there much much faster. We can't be an exclusive, secret group clutching our pearls and judging. Anyone can judge anyone. We need to be appealing to, and welcoming the masses. When I became vegan, I feel like I naturally became kinder, and more compassionate. So, even if someone like Beyonce is eating a vegan diet, if we just leave her alone, and let her continue to eat in a gentle way, she might naturally come to the conclusion that fur is not okay. Imagine the influence on the world if Beyonce denounced fur! But if we judge and ridicule, it could turn someone off from eating the kind way. I've actually taken the last few days off from any YouTube videos from any vegans who I'm familiar with. I find myself getting very frustrated, and sometimes feeling judged from someone I don't even know. So I feel great. I needed that YouTube detox I guess! I want the world to be a kind place for everyone, and I believe it will be achieved through kindness, and leading by example.
Do you believe in the gentle approach, or more aggressive tactics??