theboulderrollingsociety-deacti: Part III: I recognize now that my acquaintance was simply further along in her philosophy, which makes sense as she now holds a PhD in philosophy with a focus on ethics. She was more evolved. In the meantime, I have slipped in and out of being a vegan since I met her. I haven’t bought dairy milk in at least 15 years. This is because my own reading and because other, more patient acquaintances have guided my thinking.
Yes. I see where you and your friend are coming from. I’ve been a vegan for a year and a vegetarian for about 18-19 years, and it’s easy to get frustrated and angry when talking about animal rights issues with non-veg*ns. But at the same time, it took me a long time to make the commitment to veganism and it only makes sense that others need time as well. All of the friends I have had that have gone vegan (I like to think because of my influence) have done so, not after a heated argument, but after weeks of friendly discussion and inquiry. I sympathize with militant vegans (I am one sometimes), but I also feel that arguing and getting angry does little to quicken the slow process that is going vegan (in all meanings of the word).
I hope that response makes sense (I’m a little pressed for time this week), and I plan on responding to your other asks very soon!