In my vegan journey so far, I’ve felt an array of emotions and adopted different points of view.
I mostly felt guilty at first, and then empowered, quickly hopeless and helpless, then numb, and then back to clutching on hope while trying to do something helpful.
Right now, I can say that I’m at the place where I’m comfortable with my stance.
And I’m not afraid to point out discrepancies in people’s actions based on their known or professed values.
Having gone through the ups and downs, I can now see in retrospect.
Many including HappyCow have talked about the different stages that a person goes through upon receiving information about veganism.
Here’s my take on it.
The SEED is planted in your mind
Whether you allowed the information to be in your consciousness or not, it is now in your possession. You may or may not do anything about it but it is there.
Your brain DENIES the information that seems contradicting to your preconceived notion
It can’t be real, can it? Your mind keeps on wondering and tries very hard to reject the fact. You may even persuade yourself that it may not be as bad as people say it is. Surely, it can’t be this bad?
There’s some GUILT brewing within you
Despite all the efforts to deny the information, there’s this newly formed guilt that’s steadily growing in your gut. “I do love my cat,” the tiny voice said. “But I also love my fried chicken…”.
You then think you should LEARN a bit more just to be sure
This is when your gut know something is not right and it’s telling your mind to get some more information. Secretly, you’re doing this to find more reasons to debunk the facts.
Alas, facts are facts and you begin to ACCEPT
Finally, you concede to the overwhelming information that goes against your initial beliefs or ideas. So you start adopting these new knowledge and try to suppress your ego that still tries to find excuses. But at this point, your conscience is stronger and you know you can’t live against your true values.
You take ACTION to solidify your true values
Action speak louder than words. Show up and make a change in your day-to-day life.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
This journey can be applied not to just veganism but also any other issues that impinge on justice.
And I think that unless we don’t act against the injustice towards the animals, we can’t really seek justice for the environment and human beings (and vice versa).
Observe your actions and check whether they align with your values.
If you don’t know what your values are, be open to learning and don’t ever deny that gut feeling.