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My Journey to Veganism

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My Journey to Veganism

Written by Silvi Burden

When I first came to Shangri La, to stay for a week with the people of Gentle World, I had no idea what to expect. I was really nervous about staying with people I had only emailed with beforehand. And in addition: vegans.

I had been a vegetarian myself for only two and a half years, and didn’t have much in my mind about vegans, except that I thought veganism a very fundamentalist and strict way to live. And, to be honest, I always thought it was a little bit exaggerated. I mean, I was a vegetarian because I loved animals, and I thought that should be enough. So, as you can imagine, I was really excited and curious about meeting real vegans (the first vegans in my whole life).

And then I met with all these kind and warm people, welcoming me into their home, and being really interested in me. In the next few days, I had a lot of really nice and informative talks; not only but mostly about veganism. It didn’t take long for me to come around and see the point. In fact, after the third night in my little cozy trailer, I felt pretty serious about becoming a vegan myself.

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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5:38PM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thanks Angel. Vegan here :)

7:31AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Thanks

5:45AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

Thank you :)

9:11PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Thank you for this story and all wonderful things you do.

11:43AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

Great story!

10:46AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Brain, you perceive veganism as being a product. But what is the product? Wholeness? Compassion?

I would prefer a world of people "selling" wholenesss and compassion over the seemingly ubiquitous "products" of self-indulgence, greed and cruelty.

1:06PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

What a lovely advertisment! This article sells its product quite well.

5:15PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Welcome Silvi!!! p.s. love your name

10:52AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Wow Clara, how big of you to be so understanding and forgiving of us for not wanting to murder other creatures for no reason but corporate gain. We all understand that eating meat is just a choice, just as slavery was a choice pre-civil war.
ps, if you don't want people to be defensive, don't come in hurling insults at people who are trying to be less of a deficit on this planet. And did you really think before saying "not eating meat doesn't help the animals"????? Are you freaking kidding me??? Talk about being self rightious!!!!!

10:33PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I don't mind you being a vegan Angel it's just that you have to learn that not everyone is going to agree with you or stop eating meat. Don't get self rightous and try to force your diet on others or try to humanize animals it gets tiresome and it don't help the animals.

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