Just a little thought experiment
– sorry for the parentheses
I often get criticised by statements like “to each his own”. People accuse me (or the general offensive vegan position) of unjustified trying to persuade others to become vegan by making use of awareness campaigns or discussions. While some of these critics are bacon-lover, who are afraid to deal with their conscience, others are vegetarians or vegans themselves, who try to get accepted by their carnivore friends – which is perfectly comprehensible, if the vegan position is based on health or ecological reasons.
Except for the fact that I often find myself – probably like many others – in a defensive position, because I – who would think so – do not want to discuss my antipathy for exploiting animals around the clock, with every meal.
Naturally I sometimes feel like bursting out – not because of the terrible vegetable food I consume – but because often the topic is brought up to me rather than I start it (sorry for the perhaps unjustified generalisation).
To generalise and leave the vegan issue behind for one moment – the cliché taken up here is just as simple as negative: a person with moral pointing finger. What is it, that makes us unlike this picture so much? This question may be answered by psychologists and pedagogues. All I want to do is creating some analogies to illustrate the issue.
Here comes my thought experiment, addressed to all those “to each his own” representatives:
Person U is cuts down the physical condition of person V. Person W observes the whole situation. You are person W. What do you do?
a) I pretend I haven’t noticed and move on.
b) I exclaim: “Hi, you go dude! I don’t do stuff like this, but each to his own!” and give person U a high five.
c) I beg “Stop it. You are hurting someone. Please think about your actions and let it be!” and try to protect person V.
Keep in mind, there is no wrong or right. Beneath you’ll find the outcome.
Analysis of personality without engagement!
You chose a)
You are that kind of a person, who doesn’t like to interfere in other peoples actions, doesn’t speak up against injustice and likes to subordinate.
You chose b)
You are adaptable, try not to alienate someone and seldom take part in emotional discussions.
You chose c)
You force your opinion on others and limit their freedom.