I think one of the things I love the most about being a part of the vegan movement is that it is so diverse. With diversity, can often come splitting of views, which I think ends up being a very healthy thing for any group of people. Not all being the same is what makes a group strong.
Every day I get e-mails from people of all walks of life – people who are passionate about animal rights, folks who love the Earth and want to do every thing possible to protect it, and people who care about the health and well being of their own body and the health of those around them.
There are conservative, liberals, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews. There are body-builders, dancers, pastors, scientists, doctors, teachers, mothers, fathers, farmers, accountants, activists. There are people who are pro-choice and people who are pro-life, people who think first, and people who say whatever they are thinking. There are people who are PC and people who are MAC.
But, we are all Vegan. We have all come to being Vegan in different ways. We all function in different environments, have read or watched different things. We all have passionate reasons for being Vegan. And in the end, the results are the same, there are lives being saved, lives that are no longer being brutally tortured day in and day out because of what you are doing. It doesn’t matter how you are vegan, just that you are.
In groups, all groups – there will always be difference of opinion. But the truth is, that we need people of all walks of life, all backgrounds, all beliefs and all lifestyles. I may not be able to relate or talk to a very conservative christian mother of 7, but maybe you can. I might not be able to talk to a body builder, but maybe you can. The thing is, that each of us has a unique personality, and each of us needs to embrace that and relate to the unique people in the community you already belong in.
We’re diverse in belief, opinion and background and that should be celebrated, never attacked or put down. No matter how you are Vegan, you are doing so much good in the world, focus on the world around you, the people that you interact with the most, be full of hope and love. Have respect for every one and understanding. There is no right or wrong way to be Vegan. Be kind, be considerate, and even when how we are Vegan differs, know that the end result is still something beautiful and life saving.