On Intolerance

I was in a situation recently where I met someone extremely intolerant. And I said nothing.

I won’t go into details of what, who, where and when — but the whole ordeal got me up, now, at 12:30 a.m., and I’m angry.

I’m not angry at what was said (although, that does infuriate me too), I’m mad at myself for not standing up and saying something.

I felt it would be best to keep my mouth shut and not rock the boat.

But see, how do things change if we don’t rock the boat from time to time? I’m ashamed at myself for sitting idly by.

What was said had nothing to do with being vegan, but it got me thinking. We encounter so many people with misinformation or preconceived notions about vegans and my usual reaction is to “lead by example” and not to be too “preachy.”

Well, sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes you have to speak up.

How can we change the world for the better if we don’t speak up?

Right now, I feel like the people that are making the most noise are the misinformed. I won’t go into politics or religion or even food policy, but I’m actually scared that if more of us don’t speak up — whether it’s just telling someone why you’ve chosen to become vegan, or educating someone about protein — that we’ll get drowned out by all the other inaccurate noise.

I’m not going to be silent anymore. I’m going to stand by who I am and my convictions. I’m going to use my voice.

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6 thoughts on “On Intolerance

  1. I know the feeling. I find my educated peers are the ones that remind me to lead by example and not be too preachy and the ignorant masses make me want to punch people in the throat when they spout nonsense. Thanks to you and others in the online community for keeping me from getting arrested. 😉

    1. LOL, you’re welcome 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever been this riled up, and I definitely wanted to punch him in the face at times. But I kept calm. Next time, I won’t keep my mouth shut though.

  2. I often say nothing in these kinds of situations because I don’t want to “offend” or be impolite, and then it occurs to me that somebody is being offensive and impolite to me! It’s hard to speak up sometimes, but you are right, there are situations where one just must.

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