I was a hypocrite… I didn’t just realize this now. I knew about it all these years and you know what? Even though you might not want to hear it, there’s a high chance that you are one of these hypocrites as well.
Wow, what’s wrong now? Did I get up on the wrong side of the bed today? Well not really, a few months ago I was just reminded of a very dark truth that lived deep inside of me. And as it sometimes happens, we tend to shut our eyes and ears in order not to be confronted with that truth.
The hypocritical behavior of vegetarians and meat eaters
Here’s the thing: I had been a vegetarian for approximately 5 years. The main reason for that was that I didn’t want to participate any longer in murdering innocent beings. I felt it’s just the right thing to do and giving up on meat was not hard for me at all, although I enjoyed eating it a lot.
At the same time of course, I still drank milk, ate eggs and used cheese in every meal possible because yes, it tastes fucking incredible. I believed lies like “…but cows have to give milk anyway” even though it’s a well-known fact that this is not true and that “there’s more cruelty in a piece of cheese, a cup of yogurt or a glass of milk than meat!”1 And when it comes to eggs, 340 millions of hens in the egg industry are killed every year in America alone. “Factory farms stuff anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 birds in each warehouse. After 6-7 weeks of living in feces and urine, they’re killed, soaked in a chlorine bath to remove the slime and odor from their carcasses and shipped to the grocery store, destined for your dinner plate.”2
Well I kept on going consuming these products, because at least I’m not the one who is killing these animals anymore right? And let’s not forget about the fact that it’s so incredibly convenient, because finding a substitute that tastes just as good or even better is just sooo much hard work… Boohoo~ cry me a river!
I really believe that convenience is the main reason that keeps people – vegetarians or non-vegetarians – from becoming vegan. The same applied to me!
Before I was a vegetarian I simply couldn’t understand vegetarians and vegans were just crazy to me. While I was a vegetarian I felt great and always imagined that being a vegan must be so unbelievably complicated. That’s why social encounters would always go off like this:
Uneducated Person: “But you just don’t eat meat right? You drink milk and eat eggs?” thinking, Please tell me you’re normal.
Ignorant Me: “Yes, I just don’t eat meat. I’m not one of these extreme vegans,” thinking, …who are actually much more consequent than me.
Education and Ignorance
So laziness plays a huge part in our hypocritical behavior, but to be fair: There are also people who just don’t know. They have absolutely no idea what’s going on in the dairy and egg industry. Even I wasn’t aware of the massive damage that is caused by these industries not only to animals but also to the environment.
If you’re one of these people, do me a favor and watch at least Cowspiracy, Earthlings, the speech of Gary Yourofsky and the one of James Wildman. You can also get a ton of information on Dr. Michael Greger’s website Nutritionfacts.org.
There are tons of educational videos, speeches and books out there and yes, there must be a lot of people who still might not know about them, but there are thousands and thousands of other vegetarians and meat eaters who at least heard of them, but just decide to close their eyes from the truth.
Even my 5-year vegetarian journey began by watching a video. I cried like a child and stopped eating meat. At the same time I also stopped informing myself. I’m already a good person, no need to go totally crazy right?
Why is that?
We know exactly that by watching, hearing or reading one of these educational videos, speeches or books, we will be confronted with something that is just too ugly, too disgusting and inhumane for us to be able to handle it. We know that, if there is just one tiny bit of love left in us, we will not go back to consuming these products again. And we also know that if we decide to do so, we have to change our whole way of eating and buying products completely. But guess what, lazy assholes don’t do such a thing. It’s just too inconvenient. Better not watch that video, hear that speech, read that book. Just act like nothing ever happened and you can go back to your cozy place of ignorance.
The truth about being a vegan
If being a vegan is hard, then it’s our society who makes it hard for us. It’s really that simple: more demand equals more vegan products, shops and restaurants, which in return, would make your vegan life really just as easy as it is for meat eaters or vegetarians at the moment.
That being said, it’s actually not hard at all to live a vegan lifestyle. I’m only vegan for half a year now and when totaled up, it took me approximately two weeks to really find out what products I like to use as a milk or cheese substitute, which shops I like best when it comes to grocery shopping, what’s the best vegan chocolate out there and where to go to eat when I don’t feel like cooking myself.
Yes, you have to research a bit, try new things and just be open minded, but that ‘huge change’ everyone is so much afraid of and stops people from doing a step into the right direction, is not that huge in reality. To be honest, it’s actually a lot of fun. You can find new products almost every day in the shops, visit all those delicious vegan restaurants on city trips and connect with other vegan people. But the best thing is: You don’t miss out on anything and most importantly stop being a freaking hypocrite like I used to be. So tear down your blindfold, get off your ass & finally go vegan!