How I talk to people about Veganism
Generally, if I can avoid it, I don’t. Anyone who says they don’t want to be liked is lying; and people are judgmental. People hear that you are vegan and immediately form an opinion of you, whether positive or negative. Some keep that to themselves, some take time to think about it and ask you questions due to genuine interest, some look for an argument and some are just plain rude.
The latter, I just ignore and take myself out of the situation as quickly as possible.
Pretty similar with people who just want an argument. You’ll normally know the difference between genuine interest and argumentative reactions by their tone, and how quickly they respond. If it’s an immediate ‘BUT WHY?!’ or something similar, they probably don’t actually want a proper answer, just to tell you all the reasons why you’re wrong. In these situations, I also try and shut it down pretty sharpish. Arguments get you nowhere. They’re just a waste of everyone’s time and energy.
As much as I would really like more people to take up a vegan lifestyle, I am not in the business of converting. I will answer any questions people may have, and politely tell them they are wrong when they say things like ‘but chickens aren’t harmed for us to get eggs’, but what I choose to eat or not is my business, and their choice is their own.
Often I end up feeling like a burden, like when my manager was buying snacks for stocktake and was stressing about what he could get for me (thank god for Oreos), which is why I tend not to tell people I’m vegan unless I have to. It’s not that I’m embarrassed of being vegan, quite the opposite I am very proud, it’s more that I feel awkward that others have to change their habits/conveniences to suit me.
I do love giving people little vegan facts, though. Seeing peoples’ reactions when I tell them random things like some alcohol isn’t vegan, or that party rings are sfv etc. can be fun. For me it’s important to keep it lighthearted and funny because not taking things too seriously is part of my personality in the majority of situations. You’ve got to give me notice if you want to have a serious discussion cause I need time to get in the zone.
November turned out to be a really busy month for me, so sadly I didn’t manage to do a weekly blog for World Vegan Month.. three out of four ain’t bad though, even if the last one is very, very late. Thanks for reading, if anyone stuck with me 🙂