then you win

Gandhi once said, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

These are the stages of a social movement. Sometimes I’m afraid to say something about veganism because I know I’ll be ridiculed or heavily criticized and don’t necessarily feel prepared to deal with that. But it’s important to remember that these are only the natural stages of a movement, that ridicule, heavy criticism, backlash, and battling it out are inevitable. They are nothing to be afraid of; quite the opposite. If we are not being ridiculed or fought over something so deeply and ubiquitously entrenched in society, then we’ve either already been there and won or we’re being ignored.

First I ignored veganism and thought of it as sentimentalism, then I got angry at the first vegan advocates I encountered, and then veganism won!

Furthermore, we can aim for something other than being right. The goal of talking about veganism isn’t to be right, but to start a conversation, to get people thinking, to make it a topic worthy of others’ discussion. Others are afraid, too, and those first to speak out will set a precedent, will make the biggest difference. So don’t hesitate!

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~ by Louëlla on October 9, 2009.

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