If you saw the movie “Scott Pilgrim Versus the World” , you will see that Scott Pilgrim fights a…vegan. The quote is said while they are fighting “Didn’t you know, vegans are better than everybody.” If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go see it, it is funny and pretty awesome!
A lot of times, vegans or vegetarians are interpreted as being “Self Righteous” or “holier than thou”. This is very untrue in most cases. If a person is a vegan for ethical reasons, then being vegan is actually a selfless action! It isn’t about you at all. Deciding to change your life to a vegan lifestyle is a big decision. Once one makes the choice to save the lives of animals, everything is turned upside down.
Being vegan means that you are looking for the truth. Trying to make the connections that relate to life, compassion, all beings, etc. Sometimes, uncovering the truth of the matter can be difficult and unsettling. It can also be very freeing once you realize you have the power to change the world!
Giving up eating meat can be difficult for some and giving up cheese can be even more difficult for others! I mean, seriously, who wants to pass on a hot, cheesy slice of pizza? It’s hard. But when you know where that cheese comes from and the sacrifice the animal must make, that pizza becomes less appealing. But it is still hard! Self righteous?…I don’t think so, just looking out for the well being of all beings!
A vegan lifestyle can be tough sometimes too…You have to read labels on everything in order to make a conscious decision on what to buy and to ensure that there has been no cruelty involved in what you use or eat! But if you are doing it for the right reasons, trust me it is not that hard! It actually becomes quite easy and a wonderful lifestyle. It is very freeing, both mentally and physically! Your body will feel clean and healthy and your heart will be filled with compassion!
So, if you encounter a vegetarian or vegan and they seem “self righteous” or “preachy”, please try to keep in mind the reason they are veg or vegan and know that they are not “preaching” for themselves, they are sharing the freedom of all. They want everyone to feel what they feel. They want all to be free! Vegans are not better than everybody, we are all equal.
Do vegans have special powers? I don’t know…do we?