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Reasons Not to Become Vegan

Despite the many good qualities of veganism, there are some emotional issues that often go unaddressed. If you want to try veganism just to reap its acclaimed health benefits, that is all right- insofar as you don’t judge all non-vegans who are in ill health. A superiority complex or tendency towards isolation are easily developed traited of vegans and vegetarians.

Many of us have heard about the positives and negatives of a vegan diet. Maybe you are vegan- maybe you’ve tried it and failed, or maybe you haven’t tried it at all. But despite all the benefits you’ve heard about, related to animal cruelty or better health, there are other issues a person must deal with before adapting a vegan diet.

The Superiority Complex

What tends to happen to a person who becomes vegetarian or vegan is that they feel that their diet is more superior to others. Whether it’s because of its acclaimed nutritional value or because of the compassion it shows to animals, vegans often develop a prejudice against meat-eaters. This in turn leads to social isolation or the tendency to befriend only vegans. In a way it is similar to the ethnic separation seen in metropolitan areas. People with similar lifestyles are drawn to each other.

The major problem in this scenario, is that vegans may miss out on many opportunities to make social ties to people because they are different. They may go so far as to avoid social events at which animal products are served. This shows that they have very little tolerance of diets different than their own, and furthermore, they may believe that befriending a non-vegan is akin to promoting a non-vegan diet.

An Obsession with Diet

Another problem that vegans tend to run into is an obsession with vegan food. They may become extremely interested in cooking (if they weren’t already), or they may start reading the ingredients in all foods incessantly looking for animal products. Although this may seem harmless at first, it often takes away from time that used to be used for socializing or other productive efforts. The vegan may find that he is closer to his cookbook than to his partner. Friends often complain that this behavior seems to really change a person’s character, usually making them a lot less fun to be around.

To Tell or Not to Tell?

Whether or not a vegan decides to tell other people about his lifestyle depends on a variety of factors. Reasons to tell others of your lifestyle do not include the desire to intimidate them or show your superiority to them. This reason is directly tired to the superiority complex.

Sometimes a vegan may claim to be shy, thus convincing themselves not to tell others of their lifestyle. This is just as bad as the aforementioned case. The vegan is usually afraid of rejection, or the difficultly in getting along with non-vegans. This in turn leads to social isolation, and the inability to tolerate others.

In Conclusion

Veganism may or may not be for you- only you can make this decision for yourself. But before you take the leap into a new lifestyle, you may want to put your character into perspective. If you are searching for the meaning of life, or trying to prove yourself worthy of something, perhaps this diet is not for you. Sorting out you emotional state of affairs is a must, before you try veganism. So is having an open-mind, an open heart, and an accepting attitude.

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  1. jess

    On March 7, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    that is the gayest thing ive ever heard. is that all the negatives you can come up with? regardless of my choice to be vegan or not, clearly a vegan diet is a healthly choice. as far as vegans thinking their better than others and socially separating themselves from others…well just sounds like bs.

  2. kasey

    On March 7, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    indeed this is a silly article.. i am vegan with mostly meat eating friends and a busy social life. enough said.

  3. wow

    On March 13, 2008 at 11:57 am

    this is the stupidest thing i have ever read. being vegan does not affect your social life. yea people may think you’re different, but this by no means leads to prejudice of any kind, and is not responsible at all for social hatred

  4. brandy simmons

    On June 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    I was looking for actual negatives as I have decided recently to go vegan for many reasons. I think the last thing I would want to do is cause more problems for our world by alienating and judging people. It’s just what is right for me. This article seems judgemental in itself and would perhaps even give non vegans a negative view of vegans.I have experienced many negative responses already from friends and family that I haven’t even outright told I was vegan they just figured it out. If people don’t agree with others especially if it comes from an ignorant point of view they should keep it to themselves. It’s articles like this that definitely don’t help. I do not preach or even really get into discussions regarding the topic unless asked. I think a superiority complex comes from something far deeper than someone standing behind their personal choices. I am going to find some actual informative websites to help stay healthy regarding my choices, thank you.

  5. David from Adelaide

    On June 25, 2008 at 3:48 am

    The people in my work location really admire me for my decision to become a Vegan. I get so much support from each of them and feel that my life has only taken a change for the better in all regards. I’ve even changed my hairstyle accordingly :-)

    Therefore i think the negatives raised in this article are highly unjust and only serve to reinforce peoples perception that we are different from what people consider ‘the norm’.

    Please don’t treat people differently for the choices/mistakes they make. We are all on this planet together trying to fit in the best way we are able.

    Sincerest Regards always, Dave :-)

  6. Birdman

    On June 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I was actually tearing up as i read your comments David!

    It is so good that you had this forum available to you to express your true feelings (it appears you were repressing them and taking out your frustrations on your fellow collegues all the while)!

    Good luck to you and your fellow vegetarians! Long live the Vegan!

  7. Katie

    On July 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I would say that this is partially true, mostly about vegans. Vegans and vegetarians hate each other because vegans think they are SO MUCH BETTER than everyone else, even vegetarians, whom hate the vegans because they’re total pricks.

  8. Jared

    On July 24, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Vegetarians, some seem to be ok, usually the ones that don’t say anything about it and go about their days without bothering anyone..

    Vegans on the other hand, seem to be opinionated, self righteous, annoying, and usually misinformed..

    Seems that Vegans generally have severe emotional issues

  9. Allie

    On August 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Such an overgeneralization! I have been Vegan for years none of my friends are vegan. Infact all of them are “Meat-Eaters”. Imagine if i was so judgemental about people who eat meat, how would i even function in life? I couldnt work or socialize since only about 1% of the population is vegan.

    I do not have the time to go around judging others on their eating habits, imagine how tired i would be. What a waste of energy..

    I believe some vegans can be judgemental,the same way some meat-eaters can be. People segregate themseleves from one another due to beliefs, a religion, and much more.

    It is far more accurate to say People can be judgemental.

    Perhaps the writer would do well to remember as much as he thinks Vegans have a superiority Complex, So does the person condemning them.

  10. Kristy

    On August 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve ever read. You guys are all just mad at meat-eaters. Animals were put here to live, thrive, eat and be eaten! If we don’t, they overpopulate. You just can’t turn off reproduction. Most of the vegans/vegetarians I know think they are superior than people who eat both meat and veggies.

  11. brandy

    On August 14, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I’m not sure there is a right and wrong in this situation being a meateater, vegetarian, or vegan is a choice and a way of life. None of these are right or wrong it’s when it’s unhealthy or harmful to the environment that they may become a problem. why do people need to be right? (Katie?)

  12. Christine

    On August 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    The whole time I was reading this… I was laughing. Honestly, is this all you can come up with?? I’m a vegan and I have no problem with non-vegans. I don’t avoid social situations were meant is served. This is so dumb! Going vegan is healthier and better for the environment.

  13. Andrew

    On September 2, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    #1 by jess, Mar 7, 2008 wrote
    “that is the gayest thing ive ever heard…”
    So jess, I suppose you mean that the article is happy and positive? Or somewhat homosexual?
    No what you meant was that the article was bad or stupid or not up-to-standard. Why don’t you think before you write and say stupid thing which are prejudice against others. Here’s a wake up statistic for you: %10 of the population is “gay”. Perhaps you don’t really get what I mean by that so I’ll express it another way: One in Ten people are “gay”. So think before you open your mouth or write to others, otherwise you’ll continue to be the same ignorant girl (I’m assuming you’re around 16), which is quite frankly embarrasing on you’re part.

  14. *

    On September 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Prejudice and ignorance once again rears its ugly head.

    “All truth passes through three stages.
    First, it is ridiculed.
    Second, it is violently opposed.
    Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

    There is nothing wrong with feeling as though a vegan diet is “superior”. If you thought the vegan diet was inferior, or equal to the standard diet, there would be no point making the switch!

    The author has obviously come in contact with some rude vegans. Please take the time to remember that just as there are snobby vegans, there are also snobby meat eaters who do not hesitate to openly stick up their noses at vegans. Vegans are mocked and shunned by many (before even opening their mouths).

    Human beings presently consume animal flesh and secretions because of:

    1) Convenience;
    2) Tradition;
    3) Taste.

    The world welcomes and supports flesh/animal secretion consumption, leather/fur production, unnecessary animal experimentation, and the cruel use of animals for entertainment, etc. Veganism aides in combating environmental destruction, animal exploitation, human rights violations within animal enterprises, and poor general health of the world’s people, etc.

    Human Rights Watch has stated that “animal factory farms” are the most dangerous factory job in America, while the UN has stated that animal production creates more greenhouse gases than all transportation in the world, combined. Both the American and Canadian Dietetic Associations have approved the vegan diet as being perfectly adequate for all stages of the lifecycle, including infancy and pregnancy. What are you waiting for?

    For more information, please see:

    Human Rights Watch Report:

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Report:

    The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Nutrition Ever Conducted:

    There is much more information where that comes from. Please do your own research before taking what anyone says at face value.

    Be strong, vegans!

  15. asdfasdfasd

    On September 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm


  16. jimmy jim

    On October 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    awww look at all you angry vegans..

    good bit of chicken would sort that out!

  17. A Vegan

    On November 14, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    You want to know the really bad thing about being a vegan? Having to put up with ignorant BS like this.

    Maybe vegans seem stuck up to YOU because you say stuff like this to THEM.

  18. The Chosen One

    On December 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Lol at all the comments…well I dont have a problem with vegans, but I do know a couple who all these characteristics are true for them…idk, maybe its just them.

  19. Rose

    On December 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I actually thought this was a joke when I read it
    Is it?
    Cause the one about wasting time on socializing on cooking and checking labels MUST be a joke…?

  20. Andrew

    On December 31, 2008 at 6:27 am

    While I do know of and have witnessed the vegan arrogance you are going on about, I seem to attract a similar reaction from meat eaters.
    Where they act all superior insisting animals are here for our enjoyment and constantly question my motives for being vegan.
    They then accuse me of attempting to convince them to stop eating meat when all i’ve done is answer their questions.

  21. natasha

    On January 10, 2009 at 12:42 am

    obviously the article itself, as well as the comments, are based on personal experience. i’ve HEARD here and there, over the years, about proselytizing, self-righteous vegans… but i have yet to meet one… and i’m certainly not one myself. you won’t even find out i’m a vegan, unless perhaps we’re having dinner together and trying to figure out where to go. and the few other vegans i’ve crossed paths with in my very omnivore-dominant ’social sphere’ appear the same- their veganism comes up incidentally, and it’s not a matter that either they nor the non-vegans around them ever get worked up about. people who are inclined to self-righteousness will invest it in whatever quality they can come up with. and people who have no sense of humor, about themselves or others, well…
    at the end of the day, none of this really has to do with veganism itself- it’s just interpersonal relations stuff, ego stuff, ordinary human stuff.

  22. me

    On January 23, 2009 at 6:54 am

    my friend is vegan..and she is VERY judgmental of meat eaters..and she claims she isnt!.she gives u diry looks if u ea meat aroundher….thing is she wasnt always i still ud to eating meat around her because i always have!..but she cnt get over the fact that i dont want to give up my meat..i understand why she is vegan…but she doesnt understant why i like meat…she is really pissing me off..she complains that i dont support her..that is exctly why when she comes over to my place i buy..with money from my own pocket food for her to eat…and i bought a 5 dollar thing of vegan ice cream for her!..oh yes.i dont support her choice!..she is realllyyy annoying sometimes…luckily i dont eat lunch with her tired o her dirtylooks

  23. king 157*

    On January 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Closet Vegan?
    Superiority complex?
    Reading labels prevents you from other productive efforts?

    Thanks, I was looking for real facts about the negatives of being a Vegan. This wasn’t a total waste of time, at least I got a good laugh out of it.

  24. Paco

    On February 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    For 19 yrs of my life i was an omnivore(ate meat and vegetables). Every time i ate a vegetable my health became better and i killed no one. I admit meat is delicious, the taste is amazing but many people commonly assume that beingvegan means eating nothing but salads which is totally incorrect. I know alot of restaurants, bakeries and family members that cook amazing food and desserts with no need for murder or animal cruelty.

    Furthermore, Through out those 19 yrs i estimate(which i belive these number are much higher) i ate 228 cows(a cow a month for 19 yrs) and 494 chickens(a chicken every two weeks) just by myself. Thats over 200cows and just a bit less than 500 chickens that were killed just so i could eat a meal. This is only for 19yrs of my life.

    Lets say the average person lives 80 yrs.
    One person by the age of 80 has eaten more or less
    2,000 chickens and
    800 cows alone

    This is without mentioning turkeys, pigs, bunnys turles, fish, etc.

    Now multiple these simple number by the amount of people in a high school say a high school that has 3,000 students.
    In a lifespan those studnets in total will have eaten

    600,000 chickens and
    240,000 cows!!!

    This is only for one High school. for only 3,000 people.

    Evr wonder how may people inhabit just the United States of America?

    The United States has a population of 306,000,000.(306MILLION)

    So just the US alone. in a lifespan of 80 yrs for 306MILLION residents of the US

    244,800,000,000 cows will be killed. Thats almost 250billion!and
    612,000,000,000 chickens are killed for food. Thats over 600billion

    Is this really necessary? Not just are these innocent defensless animasl murdered for our plates. But they are killed cruely in ways that would be considered illegal and beyond animal cruelty if done to a dog or cat.

    Some people don’t deserve life. Specially those who don’t value their own and go out killing other lives just for a meal. Maybe some of us vegans act superior to people who eat meat because we are. We have evolved. Just like we went from riding a horse to driving a car. Point is we vegans are no longer ignorant in the aspect of survival. Every time i hear an ignorant person say we need to eat meat for survival makes me wanna puke in their face. Sincerly I hope a lion eats you. Or maybe you should’ve just been swallowed…

    Someday. We’ll all look back and say “wow, can you believe our ancestors used to eat meat to survive?”

    For this is something i am truely ashamed of.

  25. J Gates

    On March 19, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Been a veggie for 20 years and I have to agree this is true is a good proportion of veggies at least at some stage – I know I saw it a bit like that whenI was a bit less mature about – it’s what I call evangelical vegetarianism – I don’t know what others think but veggies with moral imperative thinking they should convert people and talking veggie-dogma make me embarrassed to be a vegetarian – they come across like bible-bashers and really match meat eaters worst stereotypes of veggies

  26. c wilcox

    On April 8, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Just live life… go with the flow… and dont fear life or others

  27. J McCann

    On April 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    That was horrible, i mean seriously social isolation??? I’ve been vegan for 3 years now and didn’t recently tell one of my friends until she offered me a hamburger and i told her and she said cool, hmm this doesn’t sound like social rejection to me.

  28. gottagoveg

    On April 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

    this is the most pathetic attempt at trying to get people to not go vegan! there might be health reasons for keeping dairy and meat in one’s diet, but to say that it will cause someone to be socially isolated? and that it happens to ALL vegans?! There is no evidence to back any of this up and especially no effects of veganism that would have anything to do with how someone acts socially.

  29. Bob

    On April 30, 2009 at 9:49 am

    This Article is True!

  30. George

    On April 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I love this article!

  31. Jessie M

    On May 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Wow, I saw this on google and thought mabye there is another side to the vegan/vegetarian/meat-eater story. Then i found this and jsut wasted a few minutes of my life. I thought there was going to be some actual fact behind this article not just some opinion of some iddiot. That is a joke if those are the best reasons you could come up with.

  32. ohnna

    On June 27, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I do agree that animals were put here to be eaten in some respects.. but that was before our population exploded and we now have to mass produce our livestock to feed the thousands of mouths. It would be fine if everyone was a hunter and gatherer/ or relying on a family farm for their meat and dairy but we are no longer. We depend on cheap easy food and if you have noticed the waist lines of the people today you can see where I am going with this. This site changed my mind and broke my heart. There are very few happy cows anymore, I was the women who would order her steaks medium rare. Honestly had no clue that the meat we eat goes through such a process and that the handlers are so heartless. I do not judge meat eaters and I won’t. I just want to inform… I no longer feel crappy after my meals, I feel energized but this is my personal decision after having many stomach problems. Knowledge is power, what do you want to leave your children? Read the link and make an informed decision, I will not frown on you either way, but it will make you think twice about who you purchase your animal products from. Thank you for your time.

  33. Jacob M

    On July 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    It is not that vegans feel morally superior to you, but that you feel morally inferior to us. and you use defensive tactics to try and justify your actions. you are aware of the cruelty and the fact that animal consumption has more to do with convenience than it does survival, and really it all comes down to laziness. Also, that was one of the laziest anti-vegan articles iv ever read. I think the best reason not to be vegan, is that there are ignorant people like yourself who believe that would pass as journalism.

  34. Steven

    On September 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I am dissapointed in this argument and in all of u I came here to find REAL facts not a bunch of bs propoganda set by both sides?!?

  35. Steven

    On September 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I am dissapointed in this argument and in all of You I came here to find REAL facts not a bunch of bs propaganda set by both sides?!?

  36. lol

    On October 19, 2009 at 2:05 am

    wow seriously… how come there are carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores in the world? Because if there wasnt carnivores, animals would increase in population dramatically and cause more competition = less resources of plant material. This means that you will make PLANT SPECIES go extinct. Aswell, as causing the animals to go extinct as well due to lack of food. What you vegetarians are getting all pissy about is completely stupid. The only reasons that animals get extinct is because of over consumption. But besides that, life is meant to have carnivores and herbivores to balance out the population of organisms and keep resources ballanced.

    All you idiot vegetarians gotta get your science right before you comment. But i do agree that the article was very stupid and useless as to why to not be a vegetarian.

  37. carrie

    On November 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    ohgod. the overpopulation argument? seriously guys, cows won’t overrun the planet if factory farms are destroyed. right now, there are so many cows because of forced artificial insemination (because cows must be kept pregnant if the farmers want to keep stealing their milk.)

    if factory farms are no-longer it’s because they are no-longer in business. the farmers will do their best to get as much money as they can from those cows. they will slaughter their whole stock to sell to the last remaining omnivores. the law of supply and demand still relates to animal husbandry.

  38. pandoraxsage

    On November 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Are you suggesting that to stand up for what one believes is akin to having a superiority complex? That hardly seems fair. Would you make a similar comparison using the example of civil rights activists? I don’t advocate isolationism, but are we really expected to not be passionate about what we believe is right? Of course, one should always pick their battles. Most of the time, I try not to be an activist toward non-vegan friends. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to stay silent when faced with things that we find to be horrific.

  39. Lana

    On November 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Very laughable article. Was this written by a 12 year old? They make no valid points at all. The way I read it, the article is implying that all humans should be just like one another so they can fit in.

  40. Andrew T.

    On December 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Any Vegan or Omni that thinks they are superior is an idiot. It is a lifestyle, Vegans will always be a minority, move on.

  41. Sarah Hubbard

    On February 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Reading this posting was very sad to me. I can’t believe that anyone would spend their time writing something to discourage people from becoming Vegan. I’ve been a Vegan for years and if anything, I am *more* of a social eater than I ever was before; I truly enjoy eating.

    Checking the labels is important whether a person is Vegan or not. Why *wouldn’t* you want to know what was in your food? Did you know that if an item says “natural and/or artificial flavors”, that those items can be any number of hundreds of different ingredients that the manufacturer does NOT have to disclose to the consumer? That is scary to me.

    As far as cooking at home, it is both more efficient and less expensive. To actually prepare one’s own food is like a personal meditation in itself. I feel a connection to the food I eat and socialize with friends/family before, during and after the process of preparing the food. Because the food I eat as a Vegan is fresh and a direct source of the vitamins and nutrients my body needs (instead of being put through an animal first, and then consumed), I feel healthier than I’d ever been as an animal product consumer.

    Also, to those who think that animals will overpopulate and were put here for human consumption: Overpopulate according to who? Is it overpopulation because a deer jumps into the road and gets hit? No. HUMANS have overpopulated, therefore leaving animals no choice but to “come out of the woods”…there is little land for them to roam as they would have had *we* kept our numbers at a reasonable level. At this point, the US population alone consumes 1 million chickens per hour. The animals are bred as *products*, tortured and never given an opportunity to live a natural life. Can you imagine being chained to a stall in which you cannot move, being fed hormones to grow to a size you would not natural grow to (extremely painful to your bones, joints, muscles and legs to hold yourself up) and never being allowed to do follow your natural instincts, finding a mate, making a home for yourself, choosing which food you put into your body, etc? And then after many torturous months, being brought to a slaughterhouse in an overcrowded truck only to watch as your fellow animal friends are being killed and skinned alive after being improperly stunned. It is a FACT that the animals in line to be slaughtered scream out in horror. They are extremely intelligent (maybe not to a human’s standard, but in a way that most humans cannot comprehend) and understand what is happening to them. If you feel that an animal was here to be consumed by you, then maybe you should also be the one to develop a relationship with that animal and then kill it for yourself. There is love in hunting an animal, as a lion would hunt a gazelle…both lived their lives naturally and became a part of the food chain naturally. Factory farming is unnatural and cruel to the absolute extent of cruelty.

    Let me pose a question: Did it ever occur to you that animals are not here for consumption, but to exist as their own being? Perhaps even as a companion to the human? Humans have such a superiority complex and will explot any and all beings, including each other.

    If you are reading this and anything I’ve said causes you to want to react in anger towards Vegans, maybe you shouldn’t take my word for anything and do some research for yourself. It takes a very strong-willed person to question the way they’ve lived their whole lives. And then change it.

  42. w.

    On February 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    You can’t really say that one is better than the other. Each one has their own advantage and disadvantage.

    I am not vegan and never plan to be. I don’t dislike vegans in any way, but I just don’t like how some of them try to make you a vegan through talking about animal cruelty.

  43. Sada Harris

    On April 30, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I have been a vegetarian for a year now and this article is bs. All of my friends are meat eaters. If people confront me about how being a vegetarian is stupid i will back myself up but i dont force my beliefs on anyone else. so whoever wrote this article needs to get a life.

  44. Trip Campbell

    On June 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    From an objective viewpoint, in my experience and through pure scientific research in clinical and empirical observation,it is clear that most all vegans experience a degree of muscle-wasting that non-vegans are not afflicted with. I have seen the flag-bearers of veganism, including those of the highest quality vegan natural product lines, who, compared to omnivores, truly appear less healthy – one need only to visit a Hippocrates Health Institute to see first hand. If you are objective in your perceptions you will clearly see the deficiencies these individuals possess, in general, compared to most any other health club members. To be vegan while being truly healthy requires intense knowledge of food, food supplementation, and food combining (to make up for the inadequacies of pure veganism) rivaling that of a Phd degree in nutritional biochemistry. In my best estimation, in any: athletic endeavor; long-life, long-term health observation; overall health evaluation/general well-being, in the omnivore-versus-vegan debate the omnivore invariably comes out on top with very rare exception. I have remained open to both sides of the debate, with and without the emotional component to arrive at this conclusion. If you are truly vegan you must also be a scientist to remain as healthy as your studious omnivore brothers and sisters. Fodder for the open minded here:

  45. vegansarefags

    On June 24, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Best artice ive ever read/ go home and cry you lil baby vegans

  46. Sami Williams

    On August 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Who exactly wrote this… I don’t see any MD or professional giving their opinion. It just sounds like some person who doesn’t want their vegan friends or people they know to stop lecturing them…. who knows maybe some people do think they’re superior, but that probably is just they’re personality. Don’t loop all vegans and vegetarians, or any stereotypes together… It’s just silly and pointless. In conclusion leave psychoanalysis to the doctors.


    On September 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm


  48. gormo

    On September 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    It is not that vegans feel morally superior to you, but that you feel morally inferior to us. and you use defensive tactics to try and justify your actions.)))))

    Actually, no I dont. Am I supposed to feel inferior? You think you read our minds. How does that not come about as a result of a superioriy complex?

    My diet is fine and I have no problems with it. After all, this is what we are. A vast majority of humans have always been omnivores

  49. Vidya

    On October 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I didn’t like the title, coz its not the reasons not to be vegan (sounds the Author wanted to avoid being a vegan) but “Very Important, all Vegans should know”

  50. Emma

    On January 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I am a vegan and have been since I was 21. My husband eats pretty much everything under the sun, including cheese and meat. I happen to cook meat, cheese, and meat/cheese dishes for him and do not judge or look down upon him as long as he does not do the same thing to me. I know there are people who would look down upon me for this. But I don’t surround myself with those people.

    Everyone is judgmental. When I first brought it up, he exclaimed “But I HATE tofu!” and I said, “So do I. And when did I ever mention either of us having to eat it?”

    There are snobby, arrogant, superior-acting people all over the world, and it doesn’t matter what they eat. Sometimes people who wear fashionable expensive clothing look down upon those who don’t. People who wear make up sometimes look down upon those who don’t. Skinny vs fat, Type A vs Type B, it’s all out there. I really don’t see how attributing common human characteristics to one group of people that is a very small percentage of the population isn’t fallacious.

  51. Vince

    On January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I am not a vegan myself, but I think this article is ridiculous. Personally, I admire and respect people who care about their health and the well being of other living things. Sure there are vegans and vegetarians that are self righteous, but that will be found in any belief system. Also, I think one has to be careful in distinguishing between self righteousness and a person who is passionate. If ones ideas are well thought and they can defend them passionately I respect them for it. :)

  52. dsgs

    On January 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    The only remotely valid point is the 2nd part about the diet, and even then it’s not a bad thing to be very concerned with your diet. Maybe if more Americans were “obsessed” with their diet you wouldn’t have a horrendous obesity problem and you wouldn’t be the laughing stock of the free world.

  53. miguel de la cruz

    On April 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hi everyone,

    This article, by all menas, does not have any scientific proof. Also, This info is too general for all the people who are vegans, do not make sterotypes.

  54. Katie

    On August 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

    What ever happened to objectivity in journalism? This article is a joke.

  55. Alex

    On April 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Yes because we totally think that we (vegans) are all superior to the rest of the world. Our diet and reading ingerdients is wasting our social time? What is this a joke, it takes me a matter of seconds to verify ingredients and once doing it for a while you no longer worry about labels. Really where are you coming up with this idea, i am and have been vegan for 17 years since birth and have a perfectly normal social life, i’m not preachy, i advise people on their choices not change them. I cook for myself and can make a delicious meal in under 20 minutes ANIMAL FREE! so to say that we are not social or we are “missing out” on something is soo wrong! Good effort though

  56. John Mooter

    On December 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I am vegan because I do not think I am superior to anybody. This is the opposite of what this ridiculous article suggests!

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