I've seen across the interwebs many posts about going vegan for health or to lose weight. Subsequently, there have been posts from angry vegans who feel that if you change your diet for those reasons than you aren't vegan enough or at all. Who are we to judge? There are no statistics that show those who go vegan for health are more likely to fall off the wagon. From what I can tell, if you go vegan for any reason, over time as you continue a diet devoid of death and violence your connection to the animals and all of nature grows, as well as your compassion. My friend Natala, of Vegan Hope, talks about this very thing which happened to her after going vegan for health. She brings up the point that we are all on a great big journey. No one is perfect. Enjoy the ride.
I think we should be encouraging instead of judgmental to anyone on the path to veganism. And those who do make the commitment (for whatever reason) should be praised! There are so few people who go whole hog with the diet part of veganism. With Meatless Monday (which I like to think is a gateway program to veganism) and so many people flirting with vegan meals during the week ("Vegan Until Dinner"), but not going all the way, those that do go vegan 100% with their diets get a high five from me. Last week my friend Marla posted a great blog, Of Babies and Bath Water, discussing this issue. Why have we become so damn superior? Don't get me wrong, I've succumb to the holier than though attitude a few times. We can all do better at being compassionate toward all beings. We don't have the luxury of treating vegans who may not have the same views as us (or aren't as vegan as we are) like crap, because they aren't very many of us. Let's be inclusive and hold on tight.
What is your experience or opinion of this issue? What have you learned recently on your journey with veganism?