So I’m sitting at the window on my laptop, overlooking the bright Reykjavik skyline on Monday afternoon, enjoying the peace and solitude of a flat to myself on a rainy public holiday. I’d spent most of the morning supping my cool chia smoothie whilst frantically tapping away on my keyboard, flipping between my blogs, facebook and an array of other blog posts and articles.
I get a notification to tell me that I have a new follower on Twitter who has also sent me a message with a link to a guy on youtube singing a song about the raw food diet along to the tune of The Beatles ‘Revolution’ – ah, but Rawvolution of course…
Yes, very amusing. I spare some time to reply and make a smart comment about it not likely to hit the top of the iTunes chart any time soon. I get a reply more or less straight away, enquiring whether I am vegan? I reply that I am not vegan and ask whether this person is actually the singer in the video? I get another reply that it’s not important who is in the video and why don’t I try being a full vegan?
I respond that it was out of interest that I was asking about the video and that I was vegan before thank you very much, secretly hoping this isn’t some kind of interrogation.
Another reply, why don’t I go back to veganism?
I respond that my dietary habits are too much to go in to over a tweet but thanks for asking. I hope that’s the end of it.
I was ‘unfollowed’.
On closer inspection this person has as his Twitter headline “an aggressive promoter of veganism who only follows vegans”.
Fair enough. He’s entitled to follow or unfollow anyone he likes, but aggressive? Just what kind of damage is that doing for people that want to spread information about health and animal welfare I wonder? I’ll wager not a hell of a lot.
But that’s just my opinion. Which is, afterall, what this blog is all about.
I just want to be clear going forward however, that I take umbrage to any kind of rigid dogmatic and aggressive bullying towards me or anyone else for that matter, by anyone be they meat-eaters, vegans, vegetarians, breatharians or whatever.
Be the change you want to see in the world is a famous quote by Ghandi and that guy knew his shit! I don’t imagine it would have caught on as well had it been ‘Cause a mother-fuckin’ ruckus till everybody is bullied in to doing what you believe or say they should’.
Show me one person that has converted to raw food diet, veganism or vegetarianism because they were subjected to aggressive bullying or dogmatic beliefs and/or behaviour. One! I defy it. And if you can, I’ll wager (can you tell I love that word?) that they won’t stick to the path because they’ve been dragged to it or scared in to it.
It’s not big and it’s not clever.
So yeah, just wanted to set things straight about where I’m coming from and where the land lies as far as the Raw Food Scotland site is concerned.
If that means a few of you don’t want to read my blog anymore then that’s all cool and I wish you well.
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/