The first thing I thought when I saw this Hank Green vegetarian rant was "WOW! That is exactly how I felt when the rose colored glasses of carnism were ripped from my face too!" In this video Hank verbalizes the mental gymnastics and anguish I, along with many other educated, intelligent otherwise caring people go thru when we truly understand why people are vegan. We rationalize. We deny. We hide. Social conditioning truly is that powerful.
Yes folks, I am ashamed to say I fought becoming vegan.
Some people are able to make the shift from "carnism" to "vegan" in the blink of an eye. For example, Esther The Wonder Pig's daddy's did it. One day they were average meat eating folks, then they made the connection and the next they were vegan. My daughter simply "got it" too.
Honestly I do think it is much easier for younger people who have not been "socially conditioned" for as long as us old "geezers" to "go vegan". For the rest of us there is a struggle we go thru. Personally I think it's our brain trying to protect us. Because once you accept that all the things vegans say is TRUE you have to accept that you contributed to the horrors of factory farming and all the rest of it. That's a lot to take in. That's a lot of guilt. It hurts.
But being intelligent, thoughtful, caring folks we get here. We go thru our painful mental gymnastics of denial (sorry to make you watch that Briana) but then we let go of the past and embrace vegan. Once here, some of us (ok most of us) try to atone for our past by helping others find their way.
Hank, we feel for you. And I for one, know exactly where you are coming from. And I can tell you from PAINFUL personal experience that the sooner you just make the leap the sooner you'll begin to heal. The mental gymnastics you are currently practicing only drag out your own suffering. It's the "Curse of Knowledge" dude! Some things simply cannot be un-known. The sooner you accept and act accordingly. The sooner you'll be at peace with yourself.
What about the rest of you? Did you go thru a period of denial like Hank and me? We'd love to hear your thoughts or stories in the comments area below.