Sunday, May 15, 2011

Doing the Right Thing: No Pride, No Shame

From Low's music video for "Shame"

I'm rarely introspective about the fact that I'm a vegan. If you have been vegan for a while, you'll understand when I say that it becomes ‘second nature’. Kind of like breathing and blinking — it's automatic more often than not. Anyway, if I did ponder my veganism, my thoughts would go something like...

Of course I'm a vegan. It's the right thing to do. Even if I never do anything else about the exploitation of animals who aren't human, I'll always be vegan. I owe them at least that much.

What wouldn't cross my mind is that veganism makes me super awesome and worthy of praise or adoration. It doesn't. So I'm not prideful about being a vegan. It's not a source of pleasure in my life. Thankfully, I do have moments of happiness. You know: sunny spring days, spicy cauliflower curries, J Dilla instrumentals, and so on. But veganism, by itself, doesn't bring me joy or contentment.

The word pride has a few different meanings. In an effort to preempt confusion, I'll discuss some understandable uses of ‘pride’ that are related to veganism:

1) Being vegan generally involves violating some of society's norms and discarding some of its values. Simply put, veganism runs counter to expectations and beliefs we are taught from an early age. It's also true that most new vegans must adjust or abandon a few traditions shared with family, friends, and other groups. In light of these social realities, I can accept intermittent feelings of pride, which are mild and short-lived, during the first year or so following one's decision to become vegan.

2) It's possible, although quite unlikely, that deviating from society's expectations and beliefs concerning nonhuman animals could lead someone to face discrimination (perhaps in the form of bullying). In such scenarios, the term pride could be used as an expression of one's dignity and entitlement to respect.

3) The popular assumption is that a complete and tasty meal requires nonhumans' flesh and secretions. Many new vegans go through a process of discovering unfamiliar cuisines and expanding their cooking repertoire. It makes sense that some people will feel a touch of pride after creating a moist and delicious cake, or savory soup, with only plant-derived ingredients.

What I'm not comfortable with is anyone being perpetually prideful about their veganism. There are at least a couple reasons why. First, avoiding nonhuman exploitation is a basic component of a morally decent life. Second, veganism should primarily be about the injustice endured by nonhumans, not how it makes us feel or improves our lives.

Would I be similarly troubled if we were discussing human oppression? Certainly. Does it sound off to say, ‘I'm proud that I never rape and murder people’, or ‘I take pride in not using racist and homophobic slurs’? I think so. We don't exploit and discriminate against humans because it's wrong. We don't expect credit, and we aren't self-congratulatory. Why should our attitude toward nonhumans be any different?

When interacting with others, I hope to convey my confidence in the morality and importance of being vegan. But this isn't pride shinning through. It's a lack of shame about fulfilling my minimal obligation to nonhuman animals and a belief that others should do the same. In years past, I would endeavor to keep my ‘personal choice’ from others. Now it's clear to me that whether or not purple is my favorite color is personal. (But, in the spirit of being candid, I'll say that purple is one of the best colors!) Participating in the slavery and death inflicted on billions of sentient beings is anything but personal. Rejecting such an odious system is nothing we should be embarrassed about or reluctant to share.

We must abolish nonhuman exploitation. Embrace your responsibility — become a vegan.


Elizabeth Collins said...

Thank you this is fantastic

The VegaNation Family said...

Hi Nathan,
I thought this was a very interesting piece; really made me think as my sister and I have been vegan for 23 years and are bringing up our children vegans and I would definitely have described ourselves as 'proud vegans' and never before thought that it had any connotations of superiority, more just happiness about our veganism. I completely see your point about making the same comment about rape, murder etc and also whether there should be any pride in fulfilling minimal obligations towards animals.
As I say, I found your article very interesting, but also a bit sad if it's not ok to be proud of taking a stand against societal norms which support the oppression of animals, (but not human murder),so felt the pride was more about taking a stand against a culturally enshrined norm, so perhaps more permissable than pride in taking a stand against human murder which is already (notionally) a societal taboo.
Anyway, I looked up 'pride' in Chambers English Dictionary and found one definition as being '' a feeling of pleasure on account of something worthily done..'' which sounds ok? I think being vegan is definitely ''something worthily done'' altho' I absolutely take your well argued points, but I am going to carry on being proud to be vegan!
Great blog, thanks.
p.s. am going to follow you on Twitter! (VegaNation1)

kavithasathish said...

Great innovative information about this technology. Thanks for posting this.
pearson vue exam centers in chennai
TOEFL Coaching in Chennai
French Classes in Chennai
German Language Course in Chennai
IELTS Coaching centre in Chennai
Japanese Language Classes in Chennai
Spoken English Classes in Adyar
Spoken English Classes in Velachery

sangeeth said...

Thanks for the informative article. This is one of the best resources I have found in quite some time.
TOEFL Course in Chennai
Informatica MDM Training in Chennai
IELTS Training in Chennai
Japanese Language Course in Chennai
Spoken English in Chennai
spanish institute in chennai
content writing training in chennai
TOEFL Coaching in VelaChery
TOEFL Coaching in Tambaram

cloudstoryin said...

I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping to view the same high-grade content by you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own website now ;)
Tech news

merlin said...

Great blog indeed.
I am glad to read it.Thanks for taking your own time to discuss this topic.
Selenium Training in chennai | Selenium Training in anna nagar | Selenium Training in omr | Selenium Training in porur | Selenium Training in tambaram | Selenium Training in velachery

Data Science Training in Bangalore said...

Excellent effort to make this blog more wonderful and attractive.

Data Science Course

Data Science Training said...

I have a mission that I’m just now working on, and I have been at the look out for such information.

Data Science Training

Sages Marketing said...

Very interesting blog. Many blogs I see these days do not really provide anything that attracts others, but believe me the way you interact is literally awesome.You can also check my articles as well.

Security Guard License
Ontario Security License
Security License Ontario
Security License

Thank you..

artificial intelligence course in bhilai - 360DigiTMG said...

Terrific post thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog and more over found to be the tremendous one. In fact, educating the participants with it's amazing content. Hope you share the similar content consecutively.

ai course in bhilai

Data Science training - 360DigiTMG said...

Honestly speaking this blog is absolutely amazing in learning the subject that is building up the knowledge of every individual and enlarging to develop the skills which can be applied in to practical one. Finally, thanking the blogger to launch more further too.

Data Science Course in Bhilai

Digital Marketing Course - 360DigiTMG said...

Stupendous blog huge applause to the blogger and hoping you to come up with such an extraordinary content in future. Surely, this post will inspire many aspirants who are very keen in gaining the knowledge. Expecting many more contents with lot more curiosity further.

Digital Marketing Course

is was said...

IEEE Final Year Project centers make amazing deep learning final year projects ideas for final year students Final Year Projects for CSE to training and develop their deep learning experience and talents.

IEEE Final Year projects Project Centers in India are consistently sought after. Final Year Students Projects take a shot at them to improve their aptitudes, while specialists like the enjoyment in interfering with innovation.

corporate training in chennai corporate training in chennai

corporate training companies in india corporate training companies in india

corporate training companies in chennai corporate training companies in chennai

I have read your blog its very attractive and impressive. I like it your blog. Digital Marketing Company in Chennai

Mike Johnson said...

I like your photo! It is really great! But if you want to get facebook likes visit this site

SEO CANADA said...

This particular papers fabulous, and My spouse and i enjoy each of the perform that you have placed into this. I’m sure that you will be making a really useful place. I has been additionally pleased. Good perform! Water Softener System

officelaptop said...

A decent blog dependably concocts new and energizing data and keeping in mind that understanding I have feel that this blog is truly have each one of those quality that qualify a blog to be a one. 토토사이트

auto huren sittard said...

Wowwwww this article is great. What a great insight you’ve got there. I love reading your articles. Keep up with write ups like this so we can learn more online. I look forward to visiting this site over and over again just to read articles published by you. Please do check out top quality products at my THC shop with discreet overnight shipment services. Good news is you won’t need a marijuana card 토토사이트

auto huren sittard said...

Amazing experience after visiting this site which is really full of information and someone have information for SprinJene Natural

auto huren sittard said...

Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us windshield repair san diego

auto huren sittard said...

This is a great post I seen because of offer it. It is truly what I needed to see seek in future you will proceed after sharing such a magnificent post cosmetic dentistry tijuana

auto huren sittard said...

Goodness! Such an astounding and supportive post this is. I outrageously cherish it. It's so great thus amazing. I am simply flabbergasted. I trust that you keep on doing your work like this later on moreover. motorcycles for sale san diego

auto huren sittard said...

Goodness! Such an astounding and supportive post this is. I outrageously cherish it. It's so great thus amazing. I am simply flabbergasted. I trust that you keep on doing your work like this later on moreover. yamaha dealer

auto huren sittard said...

Goodness! Such an astounding and supportive post this is. I outrageously cherish it. It's so great thus amazing. I am simply flabbergasted. I trust that you keep on doing your work like this later on moreover. paginas web tijuana

auto huren sittard said...

Thanks for this post. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my mother so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed what is the best natural toothpaste

auto huren sittard said...

Stunning! Such an astonishing and accommodating post this is. I super love it. It's so great thus amazing. I am simply stunned. I trust that you keep on doing your work like this later on moreover Real estate agent West Carleton

auto huren sittard said...

Stunning! Such an astonishing and accommodating post this is. I super love it. It's so great thus amazing. I am simply stunned. I trust that you keep on doing your work like this later on moreover Agent immobilier West Carleton

auto huren sittard said...

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information.. securite informatique

auto huren sittard said...

Just admiring your work and wondering how you managed this blog so well. It’s so remarkable that I can't afford to not go through this valuable information whenever I surf the internet! freelancer malta

auto huren sittard said...

This Post is providing valuable and unique information  Lamellen dak

auto huren sittard said...

I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information. Thanks for this valuable information for all, shipping from china to usa

auto huren sittard said...

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well! buy website traffic

auto huren sittard said...

Thanks for sharing the information. I really impressed after read this because of some quality work and informative thoughts video production Services baltimore

auto huren sittard said...

완전히 흥미로운 블로그 게시입니다. 저는 종종 Diwali Bumper Lottery에 대한 내 프로젝트의 도움을 위해 귀하의 게시물을 방문하고 귀하의 슈퍼 쓰기 기능은 진정으로 당황스러워했습니다.이 게시에 대해 많이 감사합니다. 출장

Pathway for German Language said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
officelaptop said...

This website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up 토토사이트

Sargam said...

Get huge discount on Home and Kitchen Appliances,Split and Window Air Conditioner, Mobiles & Laptops online , Television, Speakers & more electronics at best price.
voltas beko refrigerator

livoci said...

Howdy, I figure your blog might be having web program similarity issues. At the point when I investigate your site in Safari, it looks fine notwithstanding, when opening in IE, it has some covering issues. I simply needed to give you a brisk heads up! Beside that, superb site!

Mallela said...

Thanks for posting the best information and the blog is very informative.Data science course in Faridabad

Unknown said...

I got a web site from where I be capable of really obtain valuable information regarding my study and knowledge.
Great Article… Good Job… Thanks For Sharing…


Bali Digital Enthusiast said...

When you think Indonesia, you probably picture its Labuan Bajo, and sunny beaches in Canggu. Yet, many people don’t realize that Indonesia is also a great place to start a business. According to International Labour Organization, there are about 700 thousand small businesses in Indonesia in 2018, which 57 million are small and medium sized enterprises Start Business in Indonesia

But what makes Indonesia so great? Major cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, an impressive university system, and low taxes means the Sunshine country is ripe with opportunity for savvy business owners. Keep reading to learn more about why Indonesia could be the perfect spot to start your new business!

Bali Digital Enthusiast said...

SEO adalah proses meningkatkan visibilitas dan peringkat website bisnis Anda di laman hasil penelusuran mesin telusur, seperti Google, Bing, dan Yahoo, sehingga memudahkan pelanggan menemukan produk atau layanan Anda secara online.

Kami menawarkan layanan Jasa SEO terbaik di Bali dengan Strategi Optimasi Situs Website secara tepat dan akurat sesuai dengan prinsip kerja mesin pencari.

Bali Digital Enthusiast said...

Satya Puri Studio is Bali architects have worked on historically-inspired homes & villa around the world — including “Lux Villa in Bali; Sukh Sagar Haveli in Jodhpur, Rajasthan; Kahani Paradise in Gokarna. Their work shows inspiration across history and styles, tied together with the goal of enhancing life through good design. Above all, Satya Puri Studio Architects aims to produce personalized living environments.

GOGOLIVE said...

While looking for articles on these topics, I came across this article on the site here. As I read your article, I felt like an expert in this field. I have several articles on these topics posted on my site. Could you please visit my homepage? 온라인홀덤

Mallela said...

Thanks for posting the best information and the blog is very helpful.Data science course in Varanasi

thomas said...

Kardinal Stick Siam - relx a great promotion. Express delivery in 3 hours.

ufa football betting, casino, slots, lottery, direct website 1688, stable financial, 100% UFABET168.

Online Baccarat FOXZ24 Easy to apply, fast, บาคาร่า deposit-withdraw 10 seconds with the system.

Watch movies online, watch new movies, series Netflix HD 4K ดูหนังออนไลน์, watch free movies on your mobile phone, Tablet, watch movies on the web.

SEE4K Watch movies, watch movies, free series, load without interruption, sharp images in HD FullHD 4k, ดูหนังใหม่ all matters, all tastes, see anywhere, anytime, on mobile phones, tablets, computers.

GangManga read manga, read manga, read manga online for free, fast loading, clear images in HD quality, อ่านการ์ตูน all titles, anywhere, anytime, on mobile, tablet, computer.

Watch live football ผลบอลสด, watch football online, link to watch live football, watch football for free.

siu nhưn nam said...

First of all, I would like to thank you for writing this article. I'm trying to make an article by citing your article.먹튀신고

Post a Comment