There's a book by Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point, that introduces several case studies to draw the conclusion that small things often make a huge difference in the end. This isn't a book review; I actually read this one a couple years ago and hardly remember it. Nevertheless, the point is important: small movements can … Continue reading When Do We Make a Difference?
How does change occur? The practice of creating New Years resolutions promotes a vision of change as something that happens in sweeping fashion. We imagine that we can go from carnivore to vegan by making a sudden, large commitment. Although this is certainly possible, I’ve already mentioned in my last piece how the results of … Continue reading Beyond Willpower 2: Small Steps
Many non-vegans seem to habitually concern themselves with whether or not vegans are secretly hypocrites. From questions about what you'd do if stranded on a desert island, to what foods you choose to feed to your pets, it can feel at times like others are scrutinizing your lifestyle in hopes of finding some way in … Continue reading What Should We Do With That Old Leather Belt?
Recently, veganism got a brief platform in one of the last places you might expect: A class about Administrative Ethics; more specifically, in a lecture about Administrative Evil. While introducing the topic, my professor was describing individual actions that might arguably be evil, and he touched upon how some vegetarians and vegans might consider the … Continue reading Veganism’s “Problem of Evil”?
Until recently, I spent the past couple of years as a social worker. Since February 2016, I provided community-based outreach to individuals in the Boston area suffering from serious mental illness (think bipolar disorder, major depression, etc.). I enjoyed the job considerably despite the fact that I never intended to be a social worker; I … Continue reading When “Meat” Becomes Meat
Veganism is often framed as a matter of willpower. “I could never do that. I just love cheese so much!” or “I admire what you're doing; I just don’t have the fortitude to do it myself.” I once got this reaction from a woman who had earlier told me that she was going for a … Continue reading Beyond Willpower
One major problem that afflicts the vegan and vegetarian community is the sheer number of us that return to consuming animal products. Some research indicates that 84% of vegetarians and vegans return to consuming meat. Vegans make up just 0.5% of the population; 70% of us quit. The number of ex-vegetarians is several times the … Continue reading The Temporary Vegan Enthusiasts