The State of Vegan

Peach Pielets from Whole Grain Vegan Baking

Hey, Vegans! Our numbers are growing by leaps and bounds. It’s really cool, right? Maybe it’s time to reassess the most important aspect of being vegan. The actual idea of being vegan. It’s a huge shared bond, yet too often members of our community tend to turn on other members.  Sometimes it’s the “I’m more vegan than you” syndrome. Sometimes it’s just because we disagree with the the other person on a number of issues. Sometimes people just get on each others’ nerves.  Sure, we’re not going to like everyone. Just like there were teachers we liked growing up and some we didn’t; people are still people and we mesh with some more than others. What then? How about human decency and just being civil and courteous? It’s far more compassionate and productive than doing harm.

Let’s go back to that important part: being vegan.

We all started somewhere. My “hometown” isn’t the same as your “hometown”. We’ve all ended up in this incredible State of Vegan. We’ve followed many different routes to get here. Some of us took the road for the animals, others followed the road with the “Save the Environment” sign; some came this way for health; still others ended up here following a number of roads with countless detours and hills that seemed too high to climb. No matter how we got here, we’re here. Let’s share in our successes and in the sad realities that we face every day.  Let’s support each other rather than tear each other down. Let’s share our wealth of compassion and kindness within our community, so that we can all be a stronger force within our community and outside of it.

That’s all. Have a Peach Pielet. Recipe here.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this, Tami, well put! This has been on my mind too lately, as I see so much criticism online by vegans about vegan products, recipes and food. Whenever I see it I cringe, because vegans should be building up support instead of trying to tear things down. All vegans should support each other because doing that makes veganism stronger.

    Lovely pielets, by the way!

  2. Tami
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Erin…. sometimes it’s hard to keep our eye on the most important things. Maybe this will help me to remember, too. :)

  3. Lucie
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the timely reminder of why we are all here. And yes, thank you, I shall bake myself a Peach Pielet very soon. It looks deliciously delicious!

  4. Tami
    Posted August 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Peaches are so perfect this year, Lucie! We’re trying to eat our weight in them. :)

  5. Posted August 31, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    As a good friend once told me, we as vegans are trying to inform and co-exist with about 95% of the population that are not vegan. Why would we spend any time in conflicts with those that are promoting basically the same ideals we are? We have too much activism and advocacy to do to not be treating each other with respect, kindness, and consideration. Too many peach pielets waiting to be made and eaten!

  6. Posted August 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a very wise friend. :)

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