Hi Chrissystar and all,
All: thoughts and concerns about animal cruelty, climate change, monoculture, etc (as per the thread title) is most welcome :)
Chrissystar: I hope you, the thread creator, is doing okay. No pressure but if you feel like it, jump in any time :)
birdy: Thanks, I’ve been slowly getting through The Vegan’s Stategists posts :) Yes, I completely agree that his deep and thoughtful (and very pragmatic) caring comes across loud and clear.
Yes, I liked the example you used. I’m with you that sometimes we have to take a step back from our initial reaction/emotional response, and research or think about the topic more before jumping to any one conclusion.
For all the flak they cop, and even if much of it is often justified, large corporations do have a lot of power to influence business trends and consumer demand. So, as you said, a small vegan cheese company being taken over by a large corporation isn’t always a bad thing.
In addition to their greater marketing and distribution power, it might also prompt other large corporations to also start introducing more vegan products too. So there’s a potential for a domino effect...
I found his comments about taking the vegan argument away from the “ethics” side and reframing it more along the lines of “plant based” might make more people open to it. He said meat eaters tend to be more open to the idea of upping their non-meat intake when it was framed differently. Really thought provoking stuff...
I’m all for a more collaborative approach too when it comes to climate change, animal cruelty, etc. I can only speak for myself but even before I read The Vegam Strategist, I feel extreme moral indignation or self righteous behaviour can be unhelpful in the long run.
Yes, there can be a place for it but I also feel it often makes people stop listening and emotionally shut down or even become extremely defensive. For example, certain methods used by well meaning animal rights activists makes me think “okay, I know you mean well but are you sure that’s the wisest approach?”
Your last paragraph really made me smile. Thank you for the beautiful words of support and encouragement. Your compassion and kindness are 2 of your strengths :)
Unbeliever: As always, I find it interesting and thought provoking to read your contributions. Hopefully Chrissystar is reading and maybe she’ll even reply :)