After being a vegetarian and vegan for over 5 years I’ve witnessed several people go through certain stages before becoming a vegan. After careful research and observation (hehe) I’ve managed to single-handedly narrow down the 5 stages of going vegan.
Denial comes into play when you first speak with a vegan and for the first time hear the claim that eating meat is morally wrong. You’ll begin to feel uneasy and immediately deny the claim. You’ll have a small argument with the vegan and you’ll find that their education on the matter heavily outweighs yours which will lead you to the next stage of going vegan.
You begin to feel threatened by the vegan’s claims and immediately lash out at him/her by saying things like “Are you saying I’m a bad person for eating meat?!” To which the vegan will skillfully reply that a bad action doesn’t make you a bad person, but avoiding that bad action would make you a better person. After a few more arguments you’ll come to see the error in your ways which will lead you to the next stage of going vegan.
In this stage of going vegan you’ll begin to say things like “Okay, being a vegan is the right thing to do, but I just can’t do it!” or “I’ll just stop eating meat on Mondays and everything will be alright.” Unfortunately, even after bargaining, you’ll still hear your conscience telling you to take it a step further in order to do the right thing. This will lead you to the next stage of going vegan.
In this stage of going vegan you’ll be sad about two things:
1. The thought that going vegan may be difficult at first because our society is predominantly omnivorous
2. Thinking about how you went your entire life not giving the food on your plate a second thought.
You’ll also find yourself wishing you can go back in time to the days you were ignorant of all of the destruction that meat production has on the environment, our economy, our health, and our morals. However, if you’ve made it this far you have earned your right to the final stage of going vegan!
You’ve finally decided to go vegan and you feel GREAT! You feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders and you feel absolutely amazing about being on the right side of history. In fact, you feel so great that you feel the need to do celebratory dances. So, go ahead and do a little dance, you deserve it!
If you still aren’t a vegan, but would like to learn more about the vegan lifestyle, feel free to browse around the Veganism category!
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