I was out with friends last night, and we wandered into the topic of vegetarianism. Someone asked me, “So what do vegans think about vegetarians? Do the vegans think vegetarians aren’t doing enough?”
I said, “I don’t know. Honestly, I’ve never had that conversation with a vegan.”
Luckily for me, I know a number of you, dear readers, are vegans or are pretty darn close to it. So I ask you: do you think that vegetarians, by continuing to eat eggs and dairy, aren’t doing enough to adhere to the principles that usually guide one’s decision to give up meat? I invite you to be judgmental here—I’m asking your opinion, and an important part of opinion is judgment.
Personally, I really admire vegans for their bravery. Because to choose, voluntarily, to give up all meat, dairy, and eggs is a daily protest against animal cruelty and waste. It is walking the walk. It is compassion. And for many vegans, it’s a challenge that they relish with joy, a chance to prove that one can live a morally consistent life in a world that is dominated by greed and carelessness.
So vegans, what say you? Do you feel like vegetarians are standing with you in protest, or do you secretly wish they would stop eating so much goddamn cheese? (And non-vegans, feel free to chime in here. I would love to see a great discussion happen in the comments. I promise to hear all opinions with open ears and an open mind.)