Claiming to be a vegan is not about eating perfectly. It is not about thinking you are better than any other person. It is not about pushing your beliefs on anyone else. It is about following a diet, you believe in, for your own personal convictions.
There is so much hostility when one mention they want to be a vegan. So many people see vegans as holier than thou people that are very hard to relate to. What if they weren’t? What if a vegan is actually someone down to earth and friendly? Would that change your opinion of vegans as a whole?
Vegans really as a whole, mean well. They want to save our planet and the animals. They let their passion for the subject at hand to cause them to be hostile and rude at times. In ordinary circumstances, they would be your best friend. However, because you are a meat eater, they feel like you are part of the problem. In their mind, you eat meat because you don’t have enough information about animal cruelty. They simply cannot wrap their mind around someone just not caring about how animals are treated in farms today.
Another problem vegans may run into is judgment from other vegans. This may happen to the vegan that is new to veganism more often. They may still eat some meat, cheese or drink milk. They still will call themselves a vegan, however a seasoned vegan may want to challenge their vegan status.
Vegans, along with non-vegans need to learn to accept each other unconditionally. The fact is most of the people in this country are doing the best they can with the hand they have. They may not have enough money, due to a job loss, to be able to eat vegan all the time. Instead of judging each other for food choices, try to understand why the person has made the choice they have in food, exercise or other aspect of their life. Patience and understanding goes a long way when attempting to understand others point of view.