Ever get confronted by a sensitive meat eater who randomly starts mentioning something about cave dwellers and their dietary habits? Yup, of course you have.
How about, “It just tastes good.” Of course you have heard that one.
“Everyone else is doing it. Everyone eats meat.”
How about something about the bible and god giving people all the fowl of the earth? Yup, count that one in too.
Ever been reminded of the fact that humans have canine teeth and front facing eyes. Or how about some nonsense about a deserted island?
Rationalization: Avoiding a hard truth, people will rationalize behavior with all kinds of nonsensical bullshit.
People will use all kinds of nonsense to make sure that they do not have to make any sacrifices or change their behavior. When bested with critical thinking, logic or non fallacious arguments, their energy can turn negative very quickly. These people hate vegans for illustrating the truth. No but seriously, if you were stranded on a deserted island and had nothing but a sony walkman, would you eat a East-Polynesian sand rabbit?
Vegans hear all of the ridiculous leaps in logic and silly arguments used above, it’s not a joke, this is a norm for many. Let’s just break them down for a second.
First of all, how the hell do random people magically become experts on cave dwellers? Is there some sort of online curriculum that people take that allows them to speak with such confidence about prehistoric man? And why would the dietary habits of a caveman have anything to do with modern man? It’s a line of thinking similar to the noble savage fallacy. It’s an ‘appeal to nature’ fallacy. The idea that it’s more natural to eat meat, that’s why it’s okay, is nonsense. I’m pretty sure cavemen didn’t have toilets, cotton socks, air conditioners, vaccines or iPhones.
Similarly, the nonsense about humans being hunters and having canine teeth and forward facing eyes is just as irrelevant.
Better randomly mention something about the food chain, that’ll convince my ego that i’m not in the wrong!
Can humans be healthy and survive on a vegan diet. Yes. Okay, all those ridiculous arguments are moot.
It tastes good
Oh okay, fuck the planet, your taste buds are the most important thing on earth. You can see the level of effort the subconscious put into that argument. It’s just a notch above, “meat be good.”
The bible excuse is just bizarre, but that’s a whole different conversation. People have been using the bible to justify just about any behavior for two millennia, so we shouldn’t be surprised.
Another great one is where people yammer about how unhealthy the vegan diet is. Oh, please tell me more, there’s no doubt that you have researched what you are talking about and aren’t simply pulling stuff out of your arse.
People often hate vegans just because vegans usually have done the slightest amount of research. It makes the uneducated look stupid and they turn to resentment.
It is said that when a narcissist is confronted by someone they feel inferior to, they will try and out that person as a hypocrite.
Oh, but do you use antibacterial hand sanitizer? Ha ha ha. See, I got you, stupid! God, I hate vegans.
I once heard Joe Rogan mention that he isn’t vegan because small animals can be killed by the large farming machines that harvest fruits, vegetables and grains. Yup, that’s some productive logic. Better not wipe your ass because you may get some shit on your hand.
I was raised on a farm and am used to the killing of animals
Oh, you’re not biased at all. That line of thinking is just another appeal to nature fallacy. Just because you were raised around something and have done it your whole life, doesn’t make it right. Many farmers were and still are racist homophobes, that doesn’t make it right.
A form of rationalization, that leads a great many people to hate vegans is magical thinking. People have this idea that if they simply believe something, it magically comes true; How wonderfully convenient. Oh, wow, people’s beliefs are also strongly correlated with their selfish desires? Oh you!
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