FOOD IS NOT A RELIGION

I remember one time I had to visit a trade fair for vegans. When you are at an event for motorcycle fans, guitarists, or the fitness community, for example, you have a chance to meet with the pure essence, pure representation, of a given society.

As I walked through the event watching people (both visitors and salesmen promoting their products), I noticed something significant about their character and how they looked. So, you have the feeling that you are not just watching random people, as in a grocery store, but a community of some kind.

Most of them looked pale, skinny, and a bit eccentric, creating the impression that the whole community was a bit strange. It seemed more like a cult of strange-looking people with Persian carpets instead of regular clothes and accidental tattoos here and there.

This image is one of the problems that discourage other people from believing that being vegan is a good thing but it may be a false indicator. It’s like judging whether someone’s health is good just by looking at doctors and how they look. Many doctors don’t care about themselves in any way, but it doesn’t mean that they cannot heal others. That’s why just looking at the most dedicated members of vegan society won’t help you judge whether it is right and worth trying.

My focus on strong immunity forces me to analyze people and trends.

In the case of vegans, I see two categories. One category decided to follow veganism to be solid and healthy and are motivated by compassion for animals’ suffering. Others do it from a place of fear or searching for uniqueness.

I want to talk about fear. To have a strong immunity and nervous system, we have to be strong people. Empathy and compassion are also a part of strength because they make us human and alive, otherwise, we would be soul[1]less machines.

But there has to be a balance between being soulless and empathetic. Being empathetic to the extreme can be even more dangerous and harmful to our health than being “soulless.” Why?

Being mentally weak to the point of not accepting killing animals to feed ourselves may not help build strong immunity. In the past, people had more contact with challenging situations, and currently, many of us are oversensitive to the point that we can’t even stand the sight of blood collection. This kind of sensitivity has its price.

It seems to be such noble behavior, avoiding killing animals, and to some point, it is. To care about others is a trait of a mature human being, but nature is not only about love. Birds eat worms, lions eat zebras, fires in the woods kill lots of living creatures that are unable to run away. There is nothing noble in that. We have to maintain a balance between strength and weakness to remain human, surviving on a decent level at the same time. I see many sensitive people that are very susceptible to health problems, and it clearly shows that sensitivity is not always good.

If you act too sensitive, with food or other things, how can you be strong? Always thinking about what you can or can’t eat weakens you. Think of social situations, for example. You are with a group of people (friends and not friends) and everyone orders a meal, but you are picky and indecisive. You start your stories about gluten, veganism, etc., others perceive you as a strange person, and you know it. You may project your persona as original, healthy, or eccentric, but it isn’t very comfortable for others. You are perceived as weak, you may feel weak deep inside, and you are overly sensitive for sure.

Being sensitive to some extent is fine – it makes us human. Being overly sensitive is a weakness, many actors and musicians who committed suicide were excessively sensitive. Reflect on that.

But anyway, I’m not telling you that it’s good to forget about diet.

From my observations, I can say that there are strong and healthy-looking vegans. Still, everyone who decides not to eat meat, even in small amounts, just because of animals, projects a serious weakness in his subconscious mind.

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