Go Vegan, Save the World: 8 Similarities Between Animal Rights Activists and Superheroes

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  1. Well done! What an excellent job you’ve done here. Dare I?…yes I do…it is super!! 🙂

    You wrote: “We are adult toddlers, wandering through life with eyes closed and mouths and arms open screaming “give me!”, “mine!”, and “I want it now!”. Toddlers are easier to control than adults. You can mold a toddler’s mind so they will want what you want them to want, believe what you want them to believe and do what you want them to do. The amazing thing is they will never question whether you are right or wrong, but will accept everything you have to say simply because you are an adult and they aren’t grown up enough to realize they have a choice.”

    For a long time my take on a large number of folks is that they are small children pretending to be grown-ups…and as such they are demanding and a pain in the a** to be around but fairly easily managed if you want to spend the time to do it. It’s sad and funny at the same time.

    Thanks for bringing a smile to my day…it brought back memories of when I used to swipe my mom’s dish towel and tie it around my neck and zoom around outside pretending to be the guy with the big S on his chest. Makes me wonder whether I absorbed more from him than the flying around and such. 🙂

    1. Sounds like you did, VE. From Superman you learned “S” for sensitivity, “S” for standing up for what’s right, and “S” for sticking to your convictions — all of which you admirably apply to your ardent advocacy for animals. Just like Kara K. 🙂

  2. You don’t have to be a comic geek to appreciate this post. You really nailed it this time. Seldom have I read such a poignant summation of what being vegan is all about. You’ve brilliantly articulated a notion I’ve had that every meal is a choice between standing up for what is right and submitting to the forces of evil and depravity. It’s not an egg sandwich so much as it is a sickening travesty against a beautiful creature who has the same urges to nurture her children and enjoy her life as we humans have. Taking lives and perpetuating slavery and torture by eating meat, dairy, and eggs is not just or kind. The mass-enablement of slavery, horrors, and the foisting of despair upon the innocent is only possible because good people look the other way. Stealing from the innocent and murder are CRIMES committed by villains whether or not our corrupt super-villian leaders choose to name them as such.

    Thanks for reminding us Earthlings of our inherent desire to do good.

    1. Thank you Kimberly. I believe at our core, most people want to see themselves as good people. It’s only a question of bringing their actions into alignment with their attitudes.

  3. P.S. I have an ex-boyfriend whom I believe is still eating animals or perhaps their secretions because he’s morbidly obese. He is and was VERY into comics, especially Captain America. I don’t talk to him anymore but I cross my fingers that he stumbles upon your superhero blog entry. Talk about a wake-up call for people like him.

  4. SO BRILLIANT! Wow! 100% Agree with Kimberly, Kara, you’re the Vegan Wonder Woman! You’re a real hero on raising awareness, your super power is CONVINCING PEOPLE to do what you want, and what do you want? A world of compassion! You’re using that power on a responsible and good way, you’re convincing others to do good as well. Seriously, this post and your amazing blog deserves an award! However, I think you’re an evil villain by not writing a book on veganism because that would be a best-seller! lol great job! Brilliant!

    1. Thank you!!! Ricky, that is so sweet of you! You’re the Vegan Hulk, though! Green from all the veggies. We can mix DC and Marvel characters because we’re cool like that. Vegan Justice League, assemble!

  5. As always an excellent post. I think we have our new superhero: VEGAN RABBIT! Out to save the world!!!! We should get a writer and an artist: I think we have something here.

    Who’s with me?

  6. Oh, I love this list! I especially like #6 because I know that every vegan has felt “alone” when standing up for something which can often feel isolating and weird but it is important to remember that it is actually COURAGE. Great post.

  7. Never been a fan of comic books — until now, that is. The characters you describe and quote, Kara, remind me so much of, well … vegans.

    Thanks for expanding my world, enlarging my heart, and inspiring my soul with this thoughtful post, Superwoman … I mean Vegan Rabbit.

    1. We don’t need super powers to change the world. We only need to actively work to change it. Being vegan is a great step, but without being open and vocal about it, doesn’t do much good. We must constantly push our comfort zones and ask ourselves how we can help others make the same realization we did.

      1. I can picture her in a kick butt costume with ears and an ion carrot cannon guns:-)
        Seriously; as always good job! Have a great weekend!

  8. There is a landslide of meat-eater’s anxiety going on as we speak. Note the uptick in Ag-Gag bills, oxymoronic “humane meat” Paleo trendsetters, anti-vegan Facebook pages, and relatives at family gatherings insisting they don’t eat very much meat at all. Meat eaters know they are not on the right side of history and that bothers them intensely: nobody wants to be cast as the villain in his own narrative. Deep down, all people who eat animals know what they are doing is wrong. That is why there is so much ugliness amongst meat eating villains when the vegan walks into a room. They know they’re on a losing team. If they don’t wake up and join the heroes, they’ll be vanquished.

    1. That reminds me, Kimberly, of an excerpt from Will Tuttle’s THE WORLD PEACE DIET that was quoted in the comments section of another vegan blog the other day.

      I’m breaking each sentence into its own paragraph so it can be read easily:

      “The reason that indoctrinated beliefs resist being contemplated or questioned is that we did not arrive at them freely, on our own.

      If we are challenged in a belief that we have struggled within ourselves to attain, we feel energized and welcome an opportunity to deepen our understanding, to exchange, to grow.

      If the belief has been indoctrinated, however, we feel nervous and irritated if it’s challenged. It’s not our belief, and yet we believe it.

      So we try to change the subject, and if that doesn’t work, we create a distraction, or close down, or leave, or attack the one who would challenge our indoctrinated belief.

      We do whatever we can to block feedback or questioning.

      Because we have accepted the belief unconsciously, we cannot defend or support the belief but must remain unaware of any inner or outer feedback that would challenge it.

      This forced unawareness becomes a sort of armor, dulling the mind and deadening the vital spiritual spark within us that seeks higher awareness through increased understanding and inner freedom.

      The price we pay for unquestioned indoctrinated and inherited beliefs is enormous.

      By uncritically accepting culturally transmitted beliefs and blindly being their agents, we remain children, ethically and spiritually.

      Because our mind is conditioned and we are unable to question the conditioning, we find it difficult to mature or contribute our unique gifts.

      Our song may die within us without ever being fully sung, to the loss of everyone, especially ourselves.”

      Will Tuttle, author of THE WORLD PEACE DIET

  9. You reminded me why I always loved Spidey or X-men. They are not perfect, they struggle, which is what makes them so appealing and so like ourselves. They believe in doing what is right regardless of their own flaws. And that is what all Vegans have to do. This is what can inspire others to follow.

  10. Love this so much. I read it again and again!!! But don’t forget about the kick ass animal saving forgotten Rima the Jungle Girl! A DC character!

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