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All I did was open the thread about Meet Your Meat and now I can't stop crying. I don't even need to see the video, I can't bring myself to do it, I am so sad for these poor animals and it makes me even sadder that in the grand scheme of things, I can't do very much for them. I am going to be 34 in two days and I had no idea until very recently just how badly we treat these creatures, how is that even possible? I consider myself an animal lover, I cry when I see dead baby birds that fall out of the nest in my yard. I am just so sad today and feel like I can't help any of them. I also don't feel like I have anyone to talk to about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I work from home and I have so much that needs to get done but I can't stop bawling my eyes out. I just needed to vent a little bit. Thanks.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I was a lot older than 34 when I first saw the light. The important thing is that you did and are doing something about it now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah, it stinks, doesn't it ? It's perfectly OK to cry. These poor babies should be cried over .It was 2 minutes of Meet Your Meat that gave me the kick in pants to finally go veg. That's as far as I could go. I cried for a long time (still do at times).It's part of the deal. It's frustrating not to be able to follow the natural instinct to help these little suffering creatures, but you have to know that what you're doing is a wonderful thing. Come here and vent anytime. *big hug*<br>
AND... made the change at 50 here!
 

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HUGS!! I still cry too, my first eye opener was when I was 15. I had no clue. I felt so stupid and helpless. Now in a few weeks I will be 27 and I still feel that way sometimes. Especially now that I have kids, the emotional part got worse. Its overwhelming but its ok <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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It's okay to cry. i am 49, 3 weeks ago, felt an appetite shift, and am now 95% vegan. i'd been vegetarian before, The reason I steered in the other direction was due to a diet clinic and the hcg protocol. It's been 3 weeks, and a good 3 weeks for me. I got sick one day, didn't eat for 2 days, and my family bought me a cheeseburger, That was to sustain. I woke up last night about 4:30 a.m., and posted on Google + that I suddenly figured out that the water that fish are living in now, is making it very hard for them to breath. I grew up eating fish caught from the Lake if the Ozarks, but now the water is infested with ecoli strains. There is no way that fish can live in that. i've also gotten interested in gmo's and such, and it's not anything I'm doing. It just seems the information is suddenly coming to me.
 

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Take heart, Maggs. I ran some numbers and by abstaining from meat you will spare the lives of one cow, 330 chickens, and perhaps a pig (that's just a guess, I couldn't find figures right away.) And in addition, you free up some water, grains, land; you diminish the amount of crap that drains into rivers and lakes. You are doing something, even if it seems small when you compare it to the amount of carnage that still rages in the factory farms. But it's something nevertheless.
 

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Hugs Maggs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I know its hard, I think everyone thats veg*n has days like that. Just the other day I was watching a lecture by Gary Yourofsky and I was down in the dumps the rest of the day. But just know that you are doing a great thing and even though you cannot save them all, you are doing a great thing in honour of them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. Keep your head up!
 

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I understand the pain and confusion you might feel from seeing such images. They have had a big impact on my life as well. Please keep in mind that society can be changed, perhaps slowly but it's possible. People only do those horrible things to animals because we've paid them to each and every time we've purchased an animal product. By choosing a more compassionate way of living we can remove ourselves from this system of needless suffering in the name of tradition. We can choose to be extraordinary. The power is all yours.
 

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well, I'd prefer that to the bland neutrality I feel now.
 

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I go through phases where I feel pretty overwhelmed by it all. I'm either enraged by it and feel this intense need to do something, or it depresses me and I feel pretty helpless.<br><br>
Other times, I guess it's something I do subconsciously to keep myself sane, I end up not thinking that much about it for awhile. I'll maybe think of it only several times a day, instead of mulling it over for hours. I end up distancing myself from it, emotionally. Generally something will happen and I'll notice that hardening, that apathy that's so encouraged by our society, and that will be a bit of a wake up call. I feel sad about how much society affects all of us, how we vegans aren't immune to that, and when I become aware of it happening to me I'll reconnect with their suffering again, remind myself that their struggle is far from over, and that we can't give up fighting for them, no matter how fruitless our efforts sometimes seem.
 

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I just watched a video called "farm to fridge" awhile ago.<br>
I've been vegetarian for over a year, and I still feel awful about this stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I JUST watched the first 4 minutes about a week ago and cried. For me, it is preaching to the saved. It was WAY worse than I imagined though.
 
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