Why I got into Veganism

This is a follow-up on: Why I use Free Software. This has been followed up by: I find food habits at Free Software events weird.

People who turn to Veganism1 can do this for different reasons, some do it for health reasons, others for climate reasons. But in it's core, the Vegan movement in itself is an ethical movement about saving the animals. The other reasons are more or less side effects.

When my journey to Veganism started I didn't get into Veganism at all to begin with. I got into Vegetarianism2 because wanted to challenge myself by forcing myself to change and experience a different pallet of foods, but also for health reasons.

Over time I've learned more about the ethical aspects of Veganism which partly made me question the point of Vegetarianism and more towards ethical Veganism. I still to this day don't know the point of Vegetarianism, not after learning some of the horrible things that happens within the dairy industry3.

Before I became a Vegan I thought that I was doing something good for the animals and the environment. How bad can milk be3? How bad can wool be4? It also turns out that the best thing anyone can do for the environment5 is also the best thing for the animals.

Before I started this journey into Veganism I was the typical meat eating guy. I even used to make inappropriate jokes like this:

Pig bacon on Cow burgers is good because that insures that at least two different animals have died for this meal.

This was a morbid joke back then, it hasn't aged well. I'm also upset with myself that I didn't learn and actually adopted Veganism as a lifestyle earlier - but I know for a fact that I wouldn't listen, I know this because my partner tried to convince me to drop milk earlier. I simply refused. I believe that everyone have to get there in their own way in their own time when they understand why.

So to conclude, for all the reasons stated here (and more), I find Veganism to be the only reasonable lifestyle that is actually the only one that doesn't have the intent to outsource murder in gas chambers (among other methods) and rape to feed the murder.

Even though It's been many years since I got hooked on using Free Software, I've now made the mental connection between Free Software and Veganism since I've found that they are surprisingly similar.

There's some key differences though. Proprietary Software6 usually doesn't involve:

Veganism is the only humane lifestyle that isn't pushing for more Speciesism7, which benefits both humans, animals and the environment. Since Free Software is humane software, I can only conclude that Free Software is Vegan software - but a less important issue due to the victims that Veganism wants to protect.

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Footnotes:

Date: 2021-01-20 Wed 21:00

Author: Elis Hirwing <elis@hirwing.se>

Created: 2021-03-23 Tue 18:32