It’s Not About Changing People
I learned a long time ago that you can’t change anyone but yourself, and that is a truth that most of us come to face eventually.
The message of veganism has been attacked by some as a message that tries to force people to change, and while it may seem that way, no one can force another to feel something they don’t feel or to change internally.
No one likes to feel forced to act or think a certain way, and I get that.
It’s simply not possible to force anyone to change, no matter how noble the cause that’s being fought.
What veganism does try to do is simply to expose the cruelty that exists with regards to how man treats the animals he uses for food, fur, research and entertainment.
I realize that I have no power over anyone else and my work on behalf of animals is simply to touch the place inside most people that is merciful.
I’ve seen so many people with good hearts who either don’t know the horrors we inflict on other sentient beings, or aren’t ready to face it.
So the message has to be put out there in order for people to begin to decide for themselves whether something is worthy of their support or not.
There is a constant bombardment of images and ads depicting how normal and natural it is for people to use animals, and the societal pressures to do what most others are doing is very, very strong.
I can’t compete with McDonald’s or Burger King’s ads, and I know that.
All I can do is offer a voice that tries to speak for the animals, to see it from their point of view, to offer an insight into what is done to them against their will, but hidden carefully from view.
The suffering and death is not talked about and it should be, because most humans are not cruel and that’s one reason most aren’t ready to face the terrible truth.
Although I realize there are cruel people in the world, I don’t personally know anyone who will deliberately run over an animal in the road, watch someone beat a dog without intervening or celebrate the suffering of another creature.
No, it’s not about changing people, it’s about calling forth what’s already in them: mercy for other creatures.