I don’t understand why people feel the need to attack others simply for their beliefs. I am constantly having people trying to start arguments with me over my vegetarianism. Its like, Why do you care? What impact does my lifestyle have on your life? None. Total strangers even! Its ridiculous.
I respect your decision to eat meat, please respect my decision not to.
I guess people just have a hard time accepting a life style that isn’t theirs and feel like they have to respond to their own ignorance by attacking others.
It’s not just with vegetarianism or veganism, it’s with anything people feel that is radically different from themselves. Whether it’s about homosexuality, religion, politics, music, clothing, social status, money, race, people always find something to argue against. No one likes to be told they are wrong, especially if they were raised that way, then they feel like you are somehow attacking their families.
I’m sure everyone has been picked on about something other than being veg. And just like those other times, I’m sure we learn to deal with it or shrug it off in some way.
Just persevere and persist until your new is your normal. Know in your heart you’re doing the right thing. Those who approach you are just curious and if they really didn’t care or were comfortable with their own life, they would never come up to you to try and break you down to make themselves feel better.
I hear you to. I work at Taco Bell and my co-workers challenge me. Like one made my quesadilla with guacamole and beans and writes “vegan nasty” on it ]: only person who understands is my manager because her sister is vegan as well.
By doing something differently, you are challenging what they have known all their lives to be correct. Even deep down, they may not believe they are wrong – but it scares them to think they -could- be wrong.
They are attacking you to try to prove to themselves that they are right. It has nothing to do with your personally. It is just the human condition.
I totally hear you on this one. I think, deep down inside they know what they’re doing is wrong, but they don’t want to change. People often attack others who make them feel insecure about their choices and they way they live. Seriously, don’t take it to heart. Lots of vegetarians and vegans get crap for their choices. Don’t listen to what other people say about your life choices, because it’s YOUR life, not theirs. The way I always respond to people who attack me about veganism is something simple, like “I’m sorry you feel that way.” The best thing you can do is be calm about it and try to educate them the best you can. After that, its up to them to make the ethical choice 🙂