“The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.”—Mark Twain (via animalsandtrees)
And people who ate meat were met with incredulous looks and “I could never do that” and “isn’t that expensive?” (And it would be expensive, because current subsidies for corn and soy make meat production a lot cheaper than it should be, and in Vegan World, the government wouldn’t feel the need to subsidize these monocrops because there would be no livestock to eat them. I mean you do know that livestock eat roughly half of the corn and soy produced every year, right?)
And all the meat-, egg-, and dairy-eating weirdos had to find special restaurants to accommodate their “alternative lifestyles.”
And they’d have to explain the difference between “omnivores” and “carnivores.”
And when people asked them why they chose to be omnivores, the omnivores would say, “Well I saw this undercover video of a factory farm that showed animals living in abhorrent conditions before dying miserable deaths, and I read about how eating animal products puts you at greater risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and how factory farms contribute to pollution and climate change, and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I’ve got to get in on that!’”
(Except if everyone were vegan, and had always been vegan and that was just the “norm,” there would be no need for factory farms in the first place.)
This is an extremely hypothetical scenario, obviously, but I hope it gives you a different perspective.
If the vast majority of the world was vegan—not if they all turned vegan overnight, but if that was in fact just the way that everyone had lived for generations—why would anyone deliberately choose to live an unsustainable and cruel lifestyle?
Why would anyone choose to live that lifestyle now?
Have you considered that maybe the only reason the concept of veganism—which is at its roots nothing more than a sustainable, compassionate lifestyle—is so foreign and strange and “extremist” to you is because you’ve never objectively examined the absurdity of the norm, which is essentially an apathetic and ignorant lifestyle centered on the carefully concealed violence against and suffering of other living beings?
This is not an attack on everything you hold dear; this is a rare invitation to think.
This is an invitation never extended by anyone who profits off of blissful ignorance. And you know who makes that profit? Not the animals, not the planet, and certainly not you.