Friday, December 18, 2015
How To Get People To Stop Paying Attention To You And Shun You
The only thing wrong with that meme is that other vegans have been telling him the same thing and he always assumes they must be non-vegans because how could a vegan find fault with him? Him?!
JAMES: No-one who is not a vegan can call himself an environmentalist. (ACTUAL QUOTE!)
Class, what is going to be the effect of James' statement? Is it
A) More people will become vegans;
B) Fewer people will call themselves environmentalists?
That's right, it's
C) Fewer people will listen to James.
Which is a shame, because James was providing a lot of fascinating information about the food industry. And for all I know, James' information about the food industry may have been 100% correct. But James was wrong in his assumption about who is and isn't allowed to call him- or herself an environmentalist. And he's reinforcing the stereotype about vegans being judgmental douchebags.
I'm sure that if I dug through James' life I could find something which is less than environmentally-friendly. Instead, since I only have one life and I'm trying to use it efficiently, I'm blowing James off and moving on. It's not enough to be right in politics, and everything is political.