So, this friend of mine is a MAJOR carnist. He’s particularly frustrating to me because 1, we’re extremely close, and 2, he’s extremely intelligent and open minded when it comes to ANY other issue. There have been conversations about Veganism where he completely reduced himself to a complete nihilist, which is otherwise NOT who he is.
Anyway, when I first told him about the pledge, he was really cool about it. He totally agreed with it being a logical extension of Veganism, and he said he gets that this is an actual social movement, so stances like this make a lot of sense. I think I posted or commented about that conversation already.
Well, just the other day I dropped by his house to hang out for a little while, which is something I RARELY have the time to do. It wasn’t a planned visit, so they hadn’t anticipated my being there before making dinner plans. I was kind of nervous about declining a seat at the table (its a three generations under one roof kind of family where everybody eats together and unexpected guests are always offered a plate), but my boy was two steps ahead of me and saved me just in time by saying, “Hey Scott, would you mind walking the dog for me? I didn’t get a chance to earlier, and he really needs to go for one”.
I just thought that was really cool. He remembered the pledge all on his own, and he made a point to give me something else to do so I wouldn’t have to feel weird. Anyway, I thought that counts as a success story. I anticipated confrontation from this guy, but I’ve recieved nothing but love and understanding. I didn’t help change anyone’s mind in this situation, but I just want to put it out there that some of the social situations that might be keeping you from taking the pledge might not be as bad as you might expect them to be.