One of my biggest problems with vegans is the fact that they take themselves too seriously. I say this as a vegan, and I say it knowing I might get crucified for it. Nevertheless, I decided it’s time for me to speak up and share with you my ideology when it comes to being a vegan.
As a teen I started to feel an aversion to eating meat other than poultry, and I didn’t eat much of that either. I ate some fish, though never anything that could “look at me” (something I couldn’t stand since I was a kid), which basically left me with salmon and tuna. Sometime around 2011, after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals”, which though didn’t really teach me anything I didn’t already know, touched me deeply, and I became a vegetarian and an aspiring vegan. I have been lactose intolerant my entire life, and pretty much gave up on dairy when I was 14, so it wasn’t a very big difference for me whether I was a vegetarian or a vegan.
I did however have a problem with the fact that vegans had a name of difficult and extreme people. Though I support the vegan cause 100%, as a person I am not very political, I believe in the saying that one should live and let live. I never tried to convince anyone to be vegan (though if I’m asked I explain why I choose it myself), have never posted on social media (or elsewhere) anything about animal slaughter or the conditions in which they are kept, or anything about the damage that these industries cause the environment. Moreover, I don’t want to be socially difficult – to force people to make things especially for me, to have to think twice while choosing a restaurant, so that I will be able to find something to eat. I actually feel that this is counter effective, and only causes antagonism towards vegans. That is why I decided to take veganism lightly.
When I buy groceries and eat in (which is most of the time) I lead a 100% vegan life style. However, when I go out or am invited to social events, I will occasionally eat something that has an egg in it or some butter, like certain quiche, pastries etc. I don’t ask if the bread or pasta are vegan, I just eat whatever is served. I feel that nowadays being completely vegan is too extreme, and I prefer not being that person, for both my own sake and for the people around me. I believe that my awareness and the effort I make is a lot and is enough. I find this the best solution, and the most sustainable one, at least for me.
If you made it through this post, and don’t hate me, I invite you do join me for a few more tips about vegan places in Tel-Aviv 😉
Have a good one!