It's not absurd at all, nor a stupid thing to say. How do you like it when people tell you to do something when you have no desire whatsoever to do it. I imagine you get pretty miffed.
Yes, it is a stupid thing to say Tarz. What I meant, so there is no misunderstanding, is that it is simply stupid to tell a vegan to go non-vegan. It is NOT stupid to tell a non-vegan to go vegan. The reasons for the stupidity in the one case and the lack of stupidity in the other case are obvious, no?
As far as getting people miffed. Hmm...somebody on veganfitness had a quote about the different stages truth goes through before it is accepted. One of the stages was basically, people getting "miffed." Just because people get angry at first -- which is usually their gut reaction -- that doesnt mean that you havent planted a seed. I am not going to walk around further silencing ALREADY voiceless animals because God forbid some non-vegan might get miffed or offended. Usually, they react that way because deep down inside they know that what they are doing is wrong. And vegans represent an uncomfortable and inconvenient choice for them: either change your lifestyle
, or change you self-image.
But you cannot have it both ways because killing animals for vanity or cullinary pleasure is simply unkind, and umerciful, and just plain selfish, cruel and heartless.
So getting people miffed is sometimes an unevitable cost of doing the important work of animal rights. SOme people get 'miffed' even just by the concept of animal rights, let alone an actual animal rights activism.
The animals' story needs to be told -- and it is more important to shine a spotlight on their suffering instead of worring about human "miff'. Especially since they are powerless to defend themselves, are voiceless, and because, like my signature quote says, the excesses in the opposite direction are MAMMOTH in comparison. Animals are by far the most oppressed and silenced and powerless group of beings out there. So no, I am not going to slap another peice of duct tape on animal's mouth (metaphorically speaking) for fear of making somebody uncomfortable or miffed. Just the opposite in fact -- we should be removing the duct tape that is already on their mouths, placed by the powerful animal exploiting industries.
All of this is just really theoretical anyway. Obviously
, when involved in activism, like Will said once, the animals dont need us to be right, they need us to be effective, so we should approach our duty to help animals by promoting veganism with common sense and effective strategies. Believe it or not, I dont actually walk up to old ladies sitting in apark having a hot dog and get right in their face and scream "bloody murder" (even though that is what I may be thinking). Rather, I might grab a veggie dog from the stand, sit next to them, strike up a pleasant conversation and tell them how amazing my veggie dog tastes and how much more healthful it is.