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<div class="quote-block">It may seem extreme to many people to hear that someone has chosen to not consume any animal products. I have even heard leaders in the peace movement call veganism extreme. Our definition of moving toward peace often does not include all life, just our own species. It is much easier to talk about peace than it is to make changes that reflect our willingness to create peace.<br><br>
Extreme is a very relative term and depends where we choose to draw the line. Many people who are choosing a raw foods diet may be considered extreme to someone eating a cooked food diet. Someone may feel strongly about living a vegan lifestyle, and still be willing to kill roaches who appear in their home. Many people think that Michael Vicks behavior was extreme and feel sympathy for the dogs who suffer in dogfighting, but do not feel anything for cows or pigs or chickens or the animals in rodeos and circuses.<br><br>
If in fact it is extreme to choose to not support an industry that revolves around violence, then I, and many others, are willing to be this extreme. One day our cultural circle of compassion may widen, the line drawn further out to include more beings. When that happens, eating a plant-based diet will be commonplace and something else will be seen as extreme.</div>
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I agree, "extreme" is a relative term. I have met people who really had no clue what was going on and changed their life on a dime (myself included) and everyone always said it was "extreme" but I never saw it that way.
 

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Veganism could be considered extreme because it's the most extreme form of vegetarianism. It's also pretty uncommon to be vegan in our society, and with the food aspect of society centered around animal products, and eating as much animal products in as huge of portions as possible, then it's very easy for veganism to seem extreme.<br><br>
For me, I guess the extremism played a role in my choice to be vegan. I'm the kind of person, that once I gain an interest in something, I research it to death, quickly develop an obsession, and introduce it into all the aspects of my life I can. Once I find an interest I don't lose it, either, and I've just always been that way, since I was a small child. I've never gone through phases, really, I've always been interested in the things I'm interested in now, my obsession just grows and develops more over the years. I also have to talk about my interests with people, because I'm an enthusiastic person in that way.<br><br>
The biggest example is my love of Disney, which I've loved since I was a baby, then when I learned to write I wrote in Disney, then when I started doing research papers or projects I did them on something related to Disney, I wore more Disney clothes, read more Disney history, joined Disney message boards, and eventually I'll Disney-fy a car, and then later I'll get a house and get Disney furnishings and decorations, and the way I live, I just find new ways to bring Disney into my life.<br><br>
With my love of animals, it was very similar. I've always loved animals, and I got better and better at drawing, painting, and sculpting them as I got older, I read all about animals when I learned how to read, I wrote stories about talking animals in creative writing, I bought toys and treats to pamper my cats, I eventually got a dog, and later another, and then now, this year, I've learned about being a vegetarian and as I read more and more I realized that veganism was actually the right choice for me. I love animals, and even though being vegan can get tough in this society, I know I'd be disgusted with myself if I ate eggs or milk. It's hard to see them exactly as meat, because there's even more of a disconnect between eggs and milk and the animal and the suffering, especially with pressure to just go on and forget and act ignorant about everything, but it's definitely something I'd feel bad about with my love of animals, so I decided that if I really loved them, I needed to do all that I can to lower their suffering. That was my way of coming to a new level of my love of animals and bringing that love of animals into my lifestyle.
 

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I think veganism has a reputation for being extreme, but I think a lot of that is because people dont know, or perhaps wish to know the full extent of how animals are used by humans, or how our entire civilisation has been built on the backs of animals.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AmberMoon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2956909"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I agree that extreme is a relative word and thankyou for sharing this link also</div>
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The funny thing about the word "extreme" is that it's often misused only in its negative context. We'd have nothing to fear from an extremist Jain person, for instance. That person would be paralyzed with fear of stepping on an ant or something. Only ideologies that teach toxic, hurtful things produce dangerous extremists. An extremist vegan is an extremely thoughtful person.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Josh James xVx</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2956945"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The funny thing about the word "extreme" is that it's often misused only in its negative context. We'd have nothing to fear from an extremist Jain person, for instance. That person would be paralyzed with fear of stepping on an ant or something. Only ideologies that teach toxic, hurtful things produce dangerous extremists. An extremist vegan is an extremely thoughtful person.</div>
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Agreed
 

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That was a fantastic read, thanks for posting!
 
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