I get a lot of comments on Youtube. Negative comments, inappropriate comments and even lovely, friendly comments – I know shocking right?! I usually am pretty good at laughing at them and brushing most of them off as just childish boredom. This was not one of those comments. This week, I received a comment on Youtube that really started to irk me. I left it alone for a while, and it just ate away at the back of my mind. It really friggen bothered me! So I responded. Then they responded.
You can see the full thread on my Vegan Beer Video Here.
I then, became so passionate about my response that I responded again. That was the end—or so I thought. About 2 hours after responding the little worm that was this comment began eating away at my head again. It REALLY bothered me! It bothered me so much in fact, that I decided to write this post….
Let’s not complicate things.
Unfortunately we live in a world that takes advantage of animals and uses them to create/make the modern conveniences we have today. This is a valid fact and a valid argument. This is something that UNLESS we “moved into a cave, wore fig leaves and ate pine nuts” is unable to avoid. This is an unfortunate fact of our world today. However, you CAN try to avoid as many of these options by educating yourself and using your body and mind to make a difference in your own life as well as the life of another human being.
Don’t drive yourself nuts over the small things and beat yourself up when you make a mistake—it is all part of the journey. Be the best you can be, and the best changes from day to day. Don’t live in a state of vegan paranoia. That car you drive is probably not vegan… neither is the transit system… you can demand that Toyota make a cruelty-free car until your vocal cords start bleeding but it may never happen. So stick to the things you can control, your food, your beauty products, your clothing and cleaning products.
Let’s begin with choice and freedom.
I believe in freedom. I believe that you should have freedom to do with your body whatever you want. If you want to use your body to become a doctor, great! –Do that. If you want to be become a lawyer and save the world, amazing. If you want to become a lawyer and save evil corporations from lawsuits that they deserve, fantastic – you suck, but go ahead. And of you want to sell your body to earn money in a sex trade. Fine, it’s yours, so ultimately it is your decision. Making a choice to not do something, or do something, does not make you a hypocrite– it makes you a human being with the freedom to do what you want. I CHOOSE to be vegan, but I do not CHOOSE to live in ahut and be silent. Capish?
Sometimes people are just shitty people, and shitty people do shitty things. But it is THEIR choice and their right to make that decision. You can educate them, and ask them to see things differently but ultimately the decision is theirs. The world is full of good lawyers and evil business people, fantastic doctors, and corrupt policemen. That is just the way it is. CHOOSE to be different, and use that to MAKE a difference.
You DO have a voice.
I have chosen to be vegan. That is my passion. I chose to vote with my wallet by not purchasing fish, meat, dairy or eggs, for my consumption, but that is only one of my contributions to the world. I also educate. I show others that eating this way can be easy, and can be done daily. I provide options.
Do I preach? No. Do I say I am better than anyone else? No. I simply educate and ask that folks be aware of their purchases and encourage them to educate themselves. Because individuals DO have a voice, and this world we live in was built by individuals JUST like us.
Without people just like us we wouldn’t have roads, buildings or smartphones. But we also wouldn’t have mass farming and health washing either. Ghandi said to be the change you want to see in the world, and the simple act of living a conscious and compassionate lifestyle is exactly that. Vote with your wallet by purchasing local produce and visiting the local hardware store instead of Home Depot. YOU are big enough to make a difference and anyone that tells you otherwise is too afraid to make one themselves. Whatever you passion is, be it food, fashion, music –whatever. Go. Use it, and DO something. Let the haters, hate. They’ll always be there, but you will have grown out of them.