Is the NON-Vegan brain due for obsolescence?

It’s not rocket science to understand that if we humans are going to survive as a species, we have to change how we do things.  For Vegans, this is basic knowledge.  Many non-Vegans also know that we need to change how we do things, but draw the line at changing how and what they eat.  The rest of the non-Vegans in the world don’t want to change anything if it means that they have to think about it.

I recently listened to a podcast of three millennial women being interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour about a plant-based diet, and all three were like “I shouldn’t have to eat a plant-based diet if I don’t want to.  Save the world another way, but don’t tell me what not to eat”.  Not one mention was made about the small matter of the billions and billions of animals who die each year for the indulgence of those people who “don’t want to” eat a plant-based diet.  Nope, that requires going in to some icky areas of truth.

Before I continue, this is not a diatribe against Millennials nor women.  I know plenty of women and men of all ages who are not willing to change anything about how they live their lives.  I chose the above-mentioned example purely because it appears representative of the type of thinking amongst those who are deliberately and petulantly non-Vegan.  This podcast is also eighteen months old, so any of these interviewees may have changed their thinking since then.   

At the time, however, during the ten minutes of the discussion about plant-based eating, all three declared between them that:

  • They shouldn’t have to change what they eat, and that science should come up with another way to save the planet.
  • They just like the taste of animal meat.
  • It was their culture to eat lots of lamb, chicken, beef and fish.
  • Posters on the underground tube about veganism were objectionable (from a fierce proponent of free speech).
  • A video clip on YouTube showing a pig enjoying a bath was “vegan propaganda” designed to make her feel bad about eating them (no shit, Sherlock), and that’s just wrong! 
  • If Vegans aren’t perfect in every way, why should anyone feel obliged to listen to any part of the vegan message, much less act on it. 

These tired and spectacularly ‘me-centred’ arguments keep doing the rounds.  Given enough time, I expect the interviewees would have got to the “Lions, though” stage, too.  But this isn’t about the lame arguments we keep hearing; it’s about whether we as a species can afford to maintain the non-Vegan brains that are clearly detrimental to our survival – or whether those brains are becoming due for obsolescence.

The non-Vegan brain served us well when survival was by tooth and claw.  When survival meant fighting for it by any means possible, the me-centric non-Vegan brain was a good tool.  It extended to fighting on behalf of those we had a vested interest in, being our family group, because looking after that group helped our individual survival.  If we could shred our opponents and claw our way to the top of the human heap, we and our group enjoyed more power, which vastly improved our chances of survival.  Most political, social, and economic systems around the world today are based on the tooth and claw survival mode of the non-Vegan brain.      

The Vegan brain, however, has a more expansive view of the world.  From the time we begin our vegan life, we expand our perspective on what and who constitutes ‘life’.  We re-wire our brains.  This doesn’t make all Vegans good people with good brains, and all non-Vegans bad people with bad brains, but surely it can’t help but make the Vegan brain a step ahead when it comes to implementing a new way of survival?  A survival that will require more cooperation amongst ourselves, and every other species on this planet, than we’ve ever had before.  The Vegan brain seems more primed to see this bigger picture, and more ready to put it into place. 

The human ability to cooperate for a common goal is arguably our greatest tool.  We don’t have to be family or friends to cooperate; some historic and herstoric leaders who have achieved great things have been decidedly at loggerheads with each other, and some have been awful people.  Cooperation is not instant Utopia.  As long as human bums point to the ground, we will bicker and squabble.  However, major goals have still been achieved in spite of this by our ability for enough people to cooperate for long enough to achieve those goals.   

I don’t believe we can save ourselves as a species if we don’t change our mental software to meet this challenge.  Science has already come up with a list of what we need to change, but non-Vegans don’t like what’s on that list, so they block the data from being uploaded.  The non-Vegan brain could well prove to be a real liability in our struggle for survival, so obsolescence may be inevitable.  Luckily, the Vegan brain has uploaded all the data on the list, and is ready to step in and save the human race – and several billion other animals at the same time. 

Why would anyone not want that?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06zkzdm  BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour podcast – plant-based diet discussion is 21 minutes into it

16 thoughts on “Is the NON-Vegan brain due for obsolescence?

  1. Hi Katrina, Thank you for the excellent perspectives. I look forward to viewing the podcast. Within the span of a single year, the 8 billion human bums (love that wording) consume ten-times their number in “livestock.” That mind-numbing number only makes the news when the “food chain” gets interrupted by outside forces, such as the current pandemic — a pandemic that would not even have happened in a sane vegan environment. A world without vast aisles of body parts is unthinkable to the non-vegans you describe here. It is all quite unfathomable to them, so I thank you for making it fathomable.
    Fare thee well as you consumer better fare.

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  2. Why did they produce a plant-based podcast with only meat-eaters on it? That seems a bit pointless.

    I too tire of the trivial arguments – “But I like the taste”. It’s like saying, “I’m going to run over this cyclist because I enjoy it and it’s part of my culture to do that. It should be up to me to make that choice”. Sometimes as a vegan it’s so hard not to completely withdraw from society when you see what the majority of society is. I find solace in the online vegan communities. I would really struggle without them.

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    1. There were a couple of other subjects discussed during the podcast, as well. One of the interviewees had been vegan at one stage for four months and felt really well for that time, but liked the taste of a beef burger too much to stay vegan. She only seemed to have the perspective of health, and no perspective at all about the animals that beef burgers come from – at least not that I heard during this podcast. It was all very “why should I eat a plant-based diet if I don’t want to” from all three of them. Incredibly me-centric, but being self-indulgent is what drives consumerism, and we are encouraged to be that way now. I, too, think that the human race is a waste of space at times, but like you, I find the vegan communities to be an oasis in a mental world.

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  3. They never think about the hormones of terror, desperation and fear they are eating, when animals are slaughtered for their consumption. The illnesses they get, for eating the beautiful living beings who harm no one.

    This was such a wonderful post. Thank you and as an animal right’s activist, and vegetarian I am so grateful.

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  4. They are completely oblivious of the torture and death behind each piece of corpse dragged along a grocery scanner. This is the actual moment at which a replenishment order gets triggered at the retail level. What if a scream were emitted at that scanner rather than a blip? Hell, I would even suggest a scream specific to the animal purchased — complicity duly noted.

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      1. Intentional oblivious, I quite agree, Katrina.
        The thought on reprogramming the scanner software occurred to me one day, an effective way to convey a message, perhaps a way to let your accompanying kids connect the dots. One of the largest supermarket chains over here (Kroger) has its headquarters about seven miles away from us, I should stop by there and suggest it to them.

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  5. Thanks for the encouragement, Katrina. Now you have me pumped up to follow up and make my suggestion in person, particularly since they are so danged close geographically. This, Cincinnati, is not the most well-known town in this country but it curiously well-represented as the home of international corporations. Another one you may be familiar with is Procter & Gamble — about five miles away. 🙂

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    1. Oh, please do, Bill! And then write the funniest blog ever about it – lol! We both have a fair idea of how this will be received by the supermarket, who will try and brush you off quick smart after you’ve said your piece, so if you can think of a way to engage them for longer and drive them as nuts as possible, it will make my day 🙂

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      1. I apologize for the delay in responding, particularly since your encouragement for my ‘cunning plan’ is a grand one. The intensive Arabic classes that have subsumed much of the last several months end next week, an exhilarating but quite exhausting process — a good way to invest time under isolation though.
        But now I look forward to following up on your suggestion to produce a blog on it. 🙂

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    2. Yes, Proctor & Gamble reach around the world – and I have also heard of Cincinnati, although I confess that I don’t know exactly where it is. But I shall soon, after I have googled it 🙂

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