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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: im a vegan and always admitt my meat eating ways of past ...I even add in the yumminess of all those sweet sauces and then add my choice was based in philosophy and add I worked my way to this point...change is not easy..so no one will see my point of view..if I anger them....the sweet spot I do add is that children are naturlal animal lovers...so far no disagree mnets...really I could elaborate as to the dominant ideology and the practice of violence it uses for control...but this is advanced theory..not light and fluffy and I save it only for those receptive till then ...Im a vegan ..just as an experiment...officially,that is
    • Jul 25 2013: Thank you very much for your insights. I guess your method is good. Just explain to the receptive ones. :)
    • Jul 25 2013: So your a vegan for the sole reason that you dont want the animals blood on your hands , so to speak?
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        Jul 25 2013: No..its not blood..its an entire system of dominance based on falsely presented concepts of animals being lesser beings,so this false fact they experience less agony is so incorrect I cannot participate in it. So in fact it is UNTRUTHS that are pressuring me to avoid participation...If many animals have superb senses,hearing,smell, touch,and advanced muscle structure..they have better senses then we..it is your senses one experiences pain with,not your brain...if you freeze a humans motuh..his dental work is not felt..what has a brain got to do with pain interpetation...a brain meaning intelligence..these are not connected...so in fact heightened sense means more pain...Lies for me are signs of bigger things
        • Jul 26 2013: So if we gathered meat more like an indian would with total respect and honor would it be less problematic?
      • Jul 26 2013: No, the reason I turned vegan was for ethical reasons. I could not get back to qwhat I was, after expanding my knowledge about what really goes on in the process of milk production, and how cheese, butter, and other dairy products affect our body. So, after turning vegan, I started enjoying the other benefits, feeling healthier, more energetic, etc. So, blood is no issue, it is just that it all seems wrong to me.
        • Jul 26 2013: So if the process was more ethical it wouldnt be as problematic?

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