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  1. 9/7/2015
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    Wonderful post! Well written and I nodded along the whole way! Great to see more South African men choosing to be vegan.

  2. 9/9/2015
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    Wow, this was really powerful. I agree with so much of it, as it mirrors my own philosophies on veganism and equality for all living beings. The hardest part about being vegan (for me) is sharing the joy, fulfillment and purpose I get out of this lifestyle with others – sharing information with them in a way that’s educational or (hopefully) inspirational, without coming off as judgmental, preachy or ‘too extreme’. How do you translate these ideas & concepts to a more casual conversation with strangers? This is something I struggle with and am always looking to improve. If I don’t have much time for conversation, I try to keep it positive and say I’m vegan because it makes me happy to live my life in a way that causes no harm to other beings. Not to mention the spiritual and physical benefits of a plant based diet…. but like you said, it’s way more than a diet. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts & insights, I hope it inspires many others to make more compassionate choices. :)

    • Never Settle Logo
      9/9/2015
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      Thanks for the comment Kat!
      That is exactly why I said that the hardest part of being vegan is dealing with other people, haha. Explaining my views without coming across as aggressive or judgmental is really difficult, and I struggle with it all the time. I try not to bring it up to start with, which sometimes helps eliminate coming across as judgmental, because I am usually just answering questions, instead of just coming out saying something like “I don’t know how you can eat that animal carcass.” If someone were to say that I was being “preachy” or “extreme”, I usually use that Tom Regan quote I put at the end. Only in a society as conditioned to violence as ours could a position of non-violence be seen as extremism. When people ask though, I usually just say something like “I don’t believe that animals are simply resources for us to use as we please.” I have tried to think of “nice” things to say, but I am done with coming across as apologetic, like “Umm… I don’t know, I just really like animals you know.” I had to reach the point where I simply don’t care if people think I am too preachy or extreme, because I think that the meat industry is more preachy, and the way we think of animals as more extreme. I also think that planting a seed of thought in someone’s mind sometimes outweighs a momentary offense taken, if that makes sense?

  3. Claire Rose
    11/26/2016
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    Thank you for publishing such a wonderful essay. I enjoyed reading it so much and plan to write and share my own. This is an excellent website and I’m so happy I found it! Thank you for being vegan, for considering others in your actions!

    • Never Settle Logo
      11/27/2016
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      Thanks Claire! Send us a link when you write yours :-)

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