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Saints or Sinners?

Happy World Vegan Day to you all! Yes, that is today, 1 November 2012. I am so glad that there is a day devoted to it, and it is so encouraging that veganism is now a growing trend, all over the world. That is what gives me hope and keeps me going with this way of life, despite how hard it can be.

Today is also All Saints Day, which seems quite appropriate; after all, we vegans are all saints, aren't we? LOL! If only that were true....According to the rest of the world, we think we are saints, anyway, in our moral superiority! One thing we do have in common with religious saints though, is that we have ideals, and try to live our lives in accordance with them, often to the point of martyrdom, in the case of some people. There have certainly been cases of vegan “martyrs”: Barry Horne, for example, a well-known British vegan and animal rights activist, starved himself to death in prison, in 2008 whilst serving a sentence for  acts of sabotage and criminal damage for the AR cause. A brave man, but I don't agree with his methods, and I believe you can do much more good alive and with your freedom, than dead or in prison.

Talking of prisons, it is not at all uncommon for ARAs to be serving prison sentences for activism that has been deemed “criminal” - sometimes that is true, sometimes not. Sadly, as we all know, there is a lot of persecution of activists by the establishment. This has led to the formation of the Vegan Prisoners Support Network here in Britain, and by all accounts the vegan food in prisons is much better than the standard fare!

So are we saints or sinners? A little bit of both I suppose, since we are all flawed human beings. We are just doing the best we can to make the world a better place, and it is so heart-lifting to see that veganism is becoming a serious worldwide trend. The Vegan Society itself is based in England, my native country, but there are similar organisations in all over the world now, which is should give us all hope. The Flaming Vegan itself is quite international, although US-based - bloggers from quite a lot of different countries, although I appear to be the only Brit! So blessings to you all, my fellow “saintly” worldwide vegans! :-)

 

Picture courtesy of www.evolvecampaigns.org.uk

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    No. 2. Vegans are saints because most are good.
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  2. Anita Vegana
    Number four. I love your picture! I agree. We are a little bit of both, just because we can't be perfect, right? And we do understand something that others don't. I doesn't make us superior, it just makes us more AWARE.
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Exactly that Anita, we are more AWARE, and we have ideals that we try to live up to. And it is much better to try, even if you don't get it right all the time, than not to try at all! It is much better than only ever thinking about yourself, your own ego and desires, like a lot of people I know, I am sad to say! Thanks a lot for your vote and comment.
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  3. SnakeWitch
    I would like to think of myself as a Saint, but do Saints drink lots of wine and indulge in cupcakes and chocolate??? ;) Well, very good points made here, Maggie. I would like to say that although we are not perfect, we are listening to what is being said, so I would use the word *caring*. Are we saints for it? Maybe not. But I've read in some books that only 5% of the population truly care about others, including their own family members. To truly care, you have to sincerely want the best for that person or animal, no matter what. You have to be able to truly listen to what they say, hear more than just the words. How many can do that? Not as much as we'd like. Although I think that maybe the 5% is a bit low, I still think that the real number must not be very high.
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Oh, and of course, I voted. My new blog piece is about Greenpeace's Tokyo-Two, another quite controversial little bit of information about animals and their protectors.
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  4. kristo
    kristo
    voted! i did not know that there was a world vegan day! i don't think most know this either, and that is why they are sinners! hahaha.
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  5. Zack
    Zack
    voted! #8, i did not know the first was vegan day, i just thought that everyday was vegan day ;P
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Good point Zack - of course every day is vegan day for us! But I am glad that one day in the calendar has been designated as Vegan Day for the world, as it raises more awareness of us, shows people that we are here and are not going to go away! Yes, Annie, you are right, we are not perfect but we are caring people. Is it really only about 5% of the population who care about others,including their own loved ones? That wouldn't surprise me actually! But I think that people like us can and do make a difference, we can show people it is not that hard to extend your compassion to the whole world as much as possible. We are here "spreading the love", as it were!
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