Is it just the one I told I refused to accept the arguments of because he failed to provide me proof that the vegan way is healthier than vegetarian or meat eating that has resorted to childish insults or is this par for the course? I am getting really turned off vegans by this guy but like to see the best in people and want to know what other people's experiences have been before I make any decisions on the group as a whole. (he isn't my first bad vegan encounter but I have never had a good encounter personally with a vegan except one woman on this site that was very civil)
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The first vegan I ever met was pretty cool, but we did argue about veganism. It wasn't because she brought it up or that she even talked about her diet at all (because she didn't), it was because everyone started questioning her at dinner time. She calmly answered our questions, but honestly, veganism made absolutely no sense to me and it made me mad for some reason. All of us at the dinner table made fun of her and waved our meat in her face, giving her arguments like "but you need protein", "plants have feelings too", "they're just animals", "what if you were on a desert island", "circle of life", "lions tho", and all this other nonsense. She took it well, but looking back and knowing more about veganism now than I did then, we were completely stupid assholes to her and she did nothing but leave animals off her plate.
I think the hatred towards vegans stems from a place of ignorance and misunderstanding. People fear what they don't understand, and that translates into ridicule and aggression. The cognitive dissonance people experience when their own belief systems are challenged must play a part too.1