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Some of you may get mad and unfollow, but here’s my truth: while the vast majority of vegans are super chill people, i think some vegans have a branding problem. when certain individuals go vegan, they forget how to broach the topic with non-vegans. shaming people, attacking people, and showing graphic imagery without one’s consent are not the ways to get someone to respect your viewpoint. i try to be the vegan i wish i knew before going vegan. i will not be rude to people who do what i used to do because i literally used to do it!! how is that logical? human nature is to be defensive when someone is coming at you. your message may be pure of heart, but if your delivery is aggressive, you’ve already lost your audience. i also reject the idea of showing graphic imagery of animal agriculture unless someone has consented to watch it. are people in denial about where their food comes from? yes, absolutely, but forcing someone to watch a violent video if they didn’t consent to it is extremely disrespectful. keep in mind the effects that this can have on mental health. have a heart. if you speak of compassion, show some. you’re angry. i get it. it’s hard not to be when you see the violence taking place in animal agriculture, but please understand that displacing your anger on other people is not effective at getting your message across. my brand of activism is living my best life and if people need guidance, i’ll be there. some of you may say i’m not a real ‘activist’ then, and that’s okay, but activism is ultimately about change and i have already seen that change in people around me without forcing my views on them. lead by example.