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This talk is about VEGANS. Why do people close themselves to our beliefs and ideas?Do we need to be more radiant and impressive in our ways?

This question might be helpful to many fellow vegans out there who face similar situations on a daily basis. I've noticed many people, even our closed ones becoming very defensive and closed to this topic. Most cases we do not consciously impose or expect them to change/react/do something about what we say, but it is merely an opinion we state, when asked, why we do not eat/do/consume certain food/product. I want us to explore and share ideas, if there are better ways we can express ourselves, without assaulting the other person's character. Most of the time we don't intend to do it, but it turns out they take it personal. Also, I want to know if there can be more charming and radiant ways to say the same? Because we all know it is a contentious topics, and vegans are always convinced about their stand and will never compromise.

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    Jul 25 2013: Aarthi, The most radiant thing you can do is be healthy and happy when you are 70, or 80 or more. I have be a vegan for 31 years, since I was 40. At 71 I feel as energetic. and excited about what I do as when I was 40, except I am now more circumspect, a gift of years. My family, a large Indian family, gathers regularly at our home and happily consume our lasagna and curry and they all eat too much.

    You are using your intelligence to choose the correct fuel for your body. You are the leader in your family. You need only stick to your guns. At first they will think you odd. But they will notice you are as healthy as everyone else and grow to accept it. They will remember that many of the religious leaders consumed no meat.

    Then comes the second stage. They will begin to feel guilty. They will tell you how little meat they eat and how many vegetables they eat..

    The final stages begin at about age 30. Their bodies get bigger and slower, while yours does not. At 40, they start to drop like flies. By 50 they are on blood thinners for their high blood pressure, caused by saturated fat from all the animal products they have consumed, while you are alive and happy with lots of years to go, so long as you don't step in front of a bus.
    • Jul 25 2013: Thank you very much sir. We're all strong about our stand point and there is no stepping back. Yours was an inspiring message and hope we, young people can pass similar messages too with time.
      No doubt, I feel much healthier and more connected to my body ever since I turned vegan.
      This makes me feel so paranoid about choices of my loved ones. I feel I know they are eating some dangerous, unhealthy food and what it can lead to, but there is nothing I can do about it without sounding arrogant :(
      So, this takes us back to my question, is there a more nicer way to do this? Can people share their personal experience on how they overcame this phase. Thank you :)
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        Jul 25 2013: When they are interested, they will ask questions. Be the answer
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        Jul 26 2013: When it is your turn to cook, cook something delicious.

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