Rune Kjær Rasmussen, Odense, Denmark
I have a T-shirt that says “I am vegan because I love life.” That is how simple it really is to me. I deeply love the idea that I can live as respectfully as possible by being vegan. I think of it as releasing as much empathy into every corner of life as possible. Veganism is common sense waiting to be common; because to not contribute to the suffering and death of others is common sense.
I have my senses as a human. Everyone who is not human has theirs. Their lives are without a doubt as invaluably interesting an experience as mine. To become vegan is to acknowledge that the arrogance of demanding a human template for non-human life in order to deem it worthy is a kind of madness that will perhaps mean that humans will self-destruct and kill so many other species while doing so.
However I have real hope that the opposite will happen, because I see it. Many people try in various ways to make that change. And I think many people will understand that message because it is a message of hope.
We as humans are not outside of nature because nothing and nobody is outside of nature. And nature wants to celebrate life. That is very obvious when one can see it. Veganism is a very important thread in that celebration. And it is based on rights that everyone should be born with.
We are here right now. Let us enjoy it and let others enjoy it as well. Love life!
Special thanks to Butterflies Katz for including this as one of 100+ entries in her short essay contest and the resulting published collection: Why I Will Always be Vegan.