Day 15: I Spoke Too Soon...
Today was a great day out on Vegan Corner here in Williamsburg. My friendRachael Ellis had volunteered to join up with me today and my kids came. For two hours the town of Williamsburg was bombarded with pro-Animal messages. And while we got quite a few "I love bacon", "Meat taste good." and "Get a life" type comments, I still feel like the number of positive responses was greater and way more enthusiastic. And I handed out a few buttons to the people that were very supportive and were stopped at the light. My hope is that it'll serve as a reminder of what they supported today and maybe they'll start looking more into how they can help animals through their food choices.
The place where I spoke too soon was Rachael and I were talking about the people yelling are almost always male and usually with someone else as an audience for their ignorance. And I added, 'I've never had a woman or girl yell 'I Love Bacon'. Well, within probably 15 minutes we had a girl yell exactly that (she was with a group - so that part held true) but then a little bit after that another girl (or maybe the same one doing another drive by) yelled the same thing. So, I've henceforth decided not to joke, 'At least no one has assassinated me.'
And to the man who yelled 'Get a Life' to whom I suggested back that he might join me on that adventure of life obtaining... what exactly does that mean? I live in a state that praises Robert E. Lee as a hero for fighting to create a country that would protect slavery. My kids, Rachael and I were out there trying to promote an end to abuse towards living beings and we need to get a life. I'm not sure I understand the rationale behind this statement. Choosing to devote your life or even free time to helping animals seems hardly to be deserving of 'Get a Life'. In actuality, I think what he meant is 'It makes me uncomfortable that people care about things that matter and aren't at home watching football or drinking beer all day. So, because you are trying to do something that matters for this world... I need to try and put you down to boost my own meaningless existence a little.'
To all the lovely people that rolled down the window to say thank you or say they liked what we were doing, we can't thank you enough. You cancel out a million 'I love bacon's with your kindness and inspire us to fight even harder!
(additional news from today)
While usually activists have to accept that we will never really know the impact we have, sometimes we get lucky and someone tells us that we've had an impact on them. Today one of my nearby neighbors shared that she had seen my signs the other day when I was protesting and had went home and watched a video about how pigs are treated. And she wanted to know more about if the same thing happened on Smithfield farms and factories. We had a great conversation about everything from the facts on factory farming to the philosophical implications of animals sharing so many emotional commonalities with humans. And everything in between. This is not a neighbor that I've ever had much more than an occasional hello with, so it was great knowing that holding up signs really does get people thinking and increases the chances that they will go home and want to know more. Imagine how many people never share the impact. Hopefully this inspires us to keep getting out there more and more often!
I also wanted to add a note about today's protest. I forgot to tell our planet that there is no need to stock on idiots. In spite of the projected shortage predicted by the Enlightment... we are beyond capacity on that front. This thought was inspired by a woman who yelled at us today asking if we drank dairy or if my kids drank dairy since we needed to get our Vitamin D. I tried to explain to her about the giant fireball in the sky that hangs over our rotating planet which apparently isn't flat (though I hear that is now debated by some who might enjoy her company). I told her how that giant fireball sends off rays that hit our skin and produce vitamin D and so we were all set. She insisted she would still drink milk even though she seemed to suggest that veal was evil and I pointed out the connection between dairy and veal. But, she closed with 'Milk does a body good.' Always nice when brainwashing reveals itself fully for what it is by the person reciting the exact wording used to brain wash them.