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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 26 2013: The problem vegans have is exemplified by David's response below. He clearly states that by eating meat I am doing something wrong. Even though all our closest animal relatives consume some animal protien and our closest relative the chimpanzee is an active hunter. I don't think I have ever seen a conversation on TED involving omnivores telling vegans they should eat meat.It's only the vegans that stand at the pullpit and espouse their wisdom. Much of which has no basis in science. I cannot count the times I've been told we should be vegan because our digestive system is that of a herbivore irrespective of the fact we can't digest cellulose and we have a whole set of digestve enzymes that specialise in protien and fat digestion. If I am to exist on fruits and grain why do I even have a gall bladder full of bile? Other than nuts there are few plants with high enough fat content for it to be relevant calorically. But I have a whole system for fat digestion.

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