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Veganism as a Tool for Compassion

I see overwhelming compassion expressed by other vegans every day in their posts on Facebook, their tweets, their activism, and charity work. I understand these people now, and I understand why they get so frustrated, and sometimes angry.

ANDREW MILES: ‘Some of the greatest thinkers in human history: Pythagoras, Gandhi, Tolstoy, Da Vinci, Einstein, Tesla… suggested at some point in their lives that our compassion and treatment of other animals would determine the future of our species. Men, undoubtedly have compassion. It shows up in loving and caring for their family and friends or helping strangers and the homeless in the street. But is it enough?…

For 27 years I was asleep. Unconscious some might say. I would go about my life, consume anything and everything I wanted and would never give any of it too much thought. But, I always felt compassionate as I think most people do… Then, I met a woman… and discovered she was vegan… Two years later and here I am. A vegan man with a blog dedicated to advocating veganism for men… It wasn’t an easy transition, taking about six months in all… The more I read, the more informed I became and the more videos I watched I suddenly started to feel genuinely empathetic towards animals.

Now, ten months on since I felt that overriding sense of empathy I feel overwhelmingly compassionate. Not just for animals but everything and everyone. For friends, family, strangers, animals, trees, plants, lakes and even cockroaches… I see overwhelming compassion expressed by other vegans every day in their posts on Facebook, their tweets, their activism, and charity work. I understand these people now, and I understand why they get so frustrated, sometimes angry and even sometimes why they get violent.

They have seen a way to embrace compassion and use it as a force to do good in the world. It’s hard when others can’t see that, and you are shut down for trying to make a positive difference… I’m not advocating that veganism is the key to widen men’s compassion, but it could certainly be a tool. Men may not start veganism as a means to protect and care for animals but being vegan can lead us to the compassion we need’. SOURCE…

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