26 September, 2007

How do you remain so disciplined?

Working in the healthcare environment that's the question that I get the most, and it always catches me like a deer in the headlights. Why? Because it makes no sense.

See, being vegan, at least an ethical vegan, means that veganism isn't about losing weight. It can be spiritual (because saving lives has that effect), but it is not a religious quest of sacrifice.

It is indeed about the animals, it is about bettering the environment, the conditions for other humans, and the world in general. My veganism is me taking a small step to end suffering, simply by doing the right thing!

Yes, being vegan is about doing the right thing. Is it right to kill another person? Do you consider yourself disciplined because you don't run around killing people? That is what is like for a vegan who understands animal suffering, we recognize that milk, cheese, eggs, and meat come a tremendous amount of suffering.

Which makes bringing my lunch to work not that hard for me to do, because I don't like blood in my food. Do you? Because unless the food is vegan, I can guarantee it's there!

1 comment:

  1. It's so true - "discipline" really isn't the right word for it! For me, going vegan was like turning off a switch - it isn't an exercise of will power, because I just don't want to eat animal products. How much discipline does it take to turn down food that you don't want to eat?

    I'm trying to get in the habit of conveying this in my language - instead of saying, "That's not vegan, so I can't have it," I try to say, "That's not vegan, so I don't want to eat it."