Veganism. Be An Asshole For The Right Reasons.
Music is my drug. It’s everyone’s drug but I love it because I feel completely alone while still connected with the world. I can’t properly describe to anybody what it is I experience when I’m with music I love. I once dropped acid and DMT at the same time. I remember some of what happened but I can’t explain it. The word that comes to mind is, ‘ineffable’. It was amazing, however, it scared me witless and I won’t ever do it again.
Experience is idiosyncratic and completely personal. We don’t have to share it with one another. But to tell someone how I feel is how I tell someone who I am. And to challenge them is the most vulnerable way I can communicate with someone. When I challenge someone my heart beats faster and harder and I feel a wave of fear and anxiety that stings in my throat and in the bottom of my stomach.
I used to eat meat, dairy and eggs but now I am vegan. In my mind vegans were weird and self-righteous idiot hippies. I saw them as people who were too lazy to accomplish anything so they decided to compensate for their failings by creating an identity for themselves where they could claim moral superiority and then decided to let everyone else know that they had done this. I really didn’t think I was going to become one myself. I had a sticker in my wardrobe as a teenager that read, “Save a cow. Kill a vegetarian.” Now that I think about it I don’t get the logic, but it seemed funny at the time.
I had never met a vegan and I knew only a couple of vegetarians. And I had assumed so much about vegans without knowing anything about them. Where did that come from?
“Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.” — Wikipedia
Projection basically sums up everything that I wrote in the third paragraph. In a more trivial way, there is a part of me, which, is an asshole and instead of taking responsibility for being a bit of an asshole, I tell myself that I am not an asshole and that other people are, in fact, the assholes. If you think you can relate, don’t worry; you are not alone.
We all do this. Carl Jung referred to this area of the unconscious mind as the ‘shadow’. Some people want to deny that they have positive qualities in themselves; but, for the most part it’s the negative stuff we want to deny having and this is where we keep it.
What I find now is that the ways in which I hear people complain about and judge vegans is the same way I view people who are not vegan. I find them to be self-righteous, condescending, arrogant, etc. But what I see in others is probably telling of what I actually see in myself. I have no idea what other people are thinking.
Vegans are not some special breed of asshole. We are all assholes. The great thing about this is the best way to go about being less of an asshole is to be able to be open and admit that a part of you is an asshole. So, let’s all be assholes together.
While you and I are in fact, in part, assholes; I am humbly asking you to be an asshole for the right reasons and partake in the lifestyle of veganism.
We are mutilating, enslaving, torturing and killing 60 billion land animals and 1 trillion marine animals every year for their flesh, milk, eggs, vomit, odour, skin etc.
If you are not vegan then we have a different belief system; but, we have a common psychology. It is all in all quite likely that what we see in each other is what we unknowingly see in ourselves. I don’t hate you. I don’t even know you. I am not worse than you and you are not worse than me. I feel sadness, anger, fear, loneliness, shame, disgust and contempt for that we are doing to animals. I feel compassion and empathy for them and hope for the future. The only way those words mean anything to you is because you’ve experienced these feelings.
If you think I am an asshole you are, at least in part, correct. But, it is because you are in part an asshole too. Let’s be assholes for the right reasons.
Please free animals from suffering by refusing to consume them, their milk, their eggs etc and give them the chance to live a life where they can be free to be assholes too.