I went on a raw vegan diet for almost two years. It was great. I lost weight. Had more energy. Had better moods. Looked better. Felt better. (Ang kulang na lang talaga pera eh. Sana yung pagiging vegan ay source na rin ng material wealth, ano.)
There’s literally, I think, 99 percent no downside to being vegan. The Upside if you are vegan: you are healthier. You spare animals from pain.
The Downside if you are vegan: you could become an annoying, proselytizing fanatic, who directs more compassion for animals than to other human beings. And who gloats when a non-vegan dies. Just like how some Vegans are now gloating over the death of chef Carl Ruiz.
[Actually, Ruiz died a month ago. But it’s only now that the cause of death was revealed: a heart attack triggered by congested arteries. And it’s known that dietary cholesterol causes congested arteries. This cholesterol is in turn caused by a diet rich in meats and meat products. So some Vegans are saying, “We told you so!” to, um… Ruiz’s ghost?]
Basically, some of these Vegans justify their gloating by saying that Carl Ruiz was a monster that promoted the killing of animals and mocked Vegans. This makes sense if you find it justifiable to be an asshole.
But why be an asshole? You have no right to be an asshole if you are Vegan. Because plants have no assholes.
Turning into an annoying asshole is the 1 percent downside to Veganism. It’s a lot like religion, right?
Christianity is great. But some Christians ruin it for the rest of us. Veganism is great. But some (sometimes more than some, it seems) Vegans ruin it for others.
This does not mean that I won’t go back to that vegan diet, though. I might. And when I do, I know my friends will immediately let me know when I’ve turned into an asshole.
To be really honest, though, I can’t subscribe to Veganism as a philosophy–hence, I can’t ever call myself Vegan. That whole not-killing-animals-at-all thing? I can’t completely believe in that.
There are simply times when you have to kill animals. For food. For survival. Like when you get trapped inside an elevator for three weeks. With diehard DDS who support Mocha and Thinking Pinoy.
And by the way, are we 100 percent sure that plants can’t feel pain? Some research shows that plants “scream” when they get injured. It’s just that they “scream” not with sound but with gaseous biochemicals.
So imagine yourself enjoying a salad while your lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, are actually screaming in your bowl. And you just don’t care, you prick.
To be fair, vegans and animal activists point out that plants can’t feel pain. They say that in order to feel pain you have to have a brain and a nervous system.
Scientists have also weighed in and said the same thing: no brain, no nerves, no pain. If you add, “no conscience” and “no shame” to that, you get a Filipino politician, not a plant.
Still, it’s great that the few vegans I know personally are wonderful, kind, compassionate people. Maybe it’s only Online Vegans that turn into annoying assholes.
My final takeaway on some Vegans’ reactions online to Carl Ruiz is that kindness is precious and becoming rare nowadays. And self-serving, self-congratulatory moralizing seems to be getting more common.
Maybe, in the end, it really should matter more whether we’ve become kinder, more compassionate, more empathetic to others. Whether they are animals, plants, or people.