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‘Invisible’ Advocacy

November 24, 2014

Grumpy Old Vegans


Many new vegans tell me that aligning their lifestyle with their ethics is only the beginning of what they feel is their responsibility to nonhumans. Yet while they often desire to advocate, they are sometimes lacking in self-confidence, unsure of how to deal with challenges, afraid of confrontation, wary of failure, and weighed down by the importance of their task. Even more discouraging than the perceived enormity of the process itself, perhaps, is the belief that advocacy is only successful if it results immediately in new vegans, and that a failed advocacy effort will entrench the interlocutor’s views permanently and unalterably.

The good news is that advocacy doesn’t have to be monumental. In fact, it doesn’t have to be very different from anything else you do on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be performative or dramatic. It doesn’t have to involve a prepared speech. It doesn’t compel you…

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