At the risk of opening up Pandora's box, I decided to talk a bit about a recent (okay, not so recent now, I started this post a while back) reversion back to consuming animals by a popular food blogger. My "confession post" was in some ways a satirical comment to this blogger's "coming out" post and others who have followed, as well as some who have been angered by her post. Those of you who are not vegan or not into the vegan blogging world may be completely oblivious to what the heck I'm talking about, which is one of the reasons I was reluctant to post anything directly. Yet, I feel some good can come out of almost any situation and I wanted to share the positives I see when a vegan advocate reverts back to consuming flesh.
In this particular situation, the person went from a strong proponent of veganism as a diet as well as a way of life. She even had her father go on the diet for a month to see the positive health aspects. She was honest about what she fed him, how he felt, etc. and he did appear to have health benefits from his month of veganism. Several months later, she comes out very dramatic and verbose about how her health suffered (which is not what she had originally claimed throughout the blog previously) as a vegan and now she no longer feels eating animals is morally wrong. She didn't just start eating meat again, she came out as fanatically for consuming things like bacon as she was when she pushed her green juices. I feel for her and unfortunately, although rare in my experience, I do know a person or two who also had an extreme transformation, seemingly overnight. I, of course, wish her the best, while I strongly disagree with some of her comments in her coming out post, I disagreed with some of what she had to say as a vegan a well. I rarely agree one hundred percent with anyone, what is the fun it that?
Several points came to the surface after reading her posts and others who also have converted back to meat-eating as well as vegans responding in anger or empathy.
- None of us speaks for all vegans. The views expressed here are strictly mine or any guest author's views. Some people may agree, but I am not speaking for more than myself or sometimes my family.
- Why do we do what we do? (No, I'm not trying to write the refrain for a 80's love song.) I think this is an excellent question to ask oneself, no matter what you are doing. This is our third Midwestern winter living car-free. We balance the pros and cons of this lifestyle choice at the first snowfall of the season, lol, we try to question it often and see if we've stuck the right balance for us. Although, even my youngest child has been vegan longer than the blogger mentioned above who decided to go back to eating meat, I don't blindly go through our vegan life without questions how and why we live it. A friend said to me a couple months ago that she's been veg so long it has sort of just become a habit. Life can be like that and thus, taking stock of our choices and values can be beneficial.