I admit I am probably a bit of a hippy and a pacifist when it comes to this, but I think we should be kind vegans and people. This sentiment goes for non-vegans as well. There is no need to put others down or call names. Just as with politics and I find the name calling distasteful, I find the same when some vegans shame other vegans and non-vegans for their lifestyle choices. I whole-heatedly believe in whole foods veganism for ethical and nutritional reasons, and if you wonder why, then watch the movies Earthlings, Cowspiracy, and follow Dr. Barnard or Jack Norris on Facebook if you have more questions about why more people are becoming vegan each day. When people first make the connection between animal abuse and factory farming they feel passionate about it, but there are helpful and unhelpful ways of expressing empathy for our animal friends.
I will never stop speaking up in favor furry friends, but I do not like it when people belittle a person’s physical appearance and say because she is not a vegan or not vegan enough this person is not “worthy”. Bullies try to cover up their behavior by declaring others need to “toughen up”, and imply their victims are the one with the problem. Oh you do not like what I am saying? Then go away they declare. That is a bit hard when you go to a person’s social media page and barrage them with disparaging comments.
If you are vegan for health and ethical reasons, then you should also be invested in the emotionally healthy perks to this lifestyle. Calling someone names is not characteristic of emotional well-being, just to clear the air on this misconception. Beauty is skin deep, and I believe our words and actions make us more appealing than our physical exteriors. It is not okay to poke fun of how someone looks or call them a four letter word just because they are not vegan. Some non-vegans being called names are beautiful and athletic, and I find it disconcerting that bullying is being considered acceptable.
It does not matter what anyone looks like, and disparaging someone’s appearance is never okay. Body shaming has never been proper, and no matter how much you cry freedom of speech, most people will cringe when they read and hear name calling. You have all the freedom of speech in the world to share why you think veganism is the best, but do not go to other people’s pages and call them names. Do not make videos calling out other celebrities. This does not come across as wanting to help your fellow-man or animals, by the way. It is a page views generation scheme, and that is about it.
We should consider using more compassionate thoughts and words when we interact with others, and just because using four letter words is the new norm does not make this an acceptable or healthy behavior. I am not against all swearing, but the blatant use of cuss words comes across as intellectually lazy, and taunting others will never be a good look. Think before you type. How would you feel if people said certain things about your sister that seem to be okay with some on social media? We are all beautiful in our own way, and making fun of someone’s appearance is not cool, or healthy.