I’ve recently come to the realization that I cannot maintain consistency with my values without going vegan
I’m a practitioner of Stoicism as a life philosophy. For the unaware, there are four primary principles that dictate the living of a virtuous life as a Stoic: wisdom, courage, temperance (or self-discipline), and justice. I’ve recently come to the realization that vegans are exemplars of all four of these principles: they have the wisdom to know the slaughter of animals for food is injustice propagated by systemic ignorance, their sense of justice leads them to practice veganism, their discipline helps them maintain dedication to what is right, and they have courage to do all of this in spite of the rest of society mocking, arguing, and ridiculing them.
So long as I continue to live the way I do, I’m a fraud, a fake, and a charlatan. I can’t truthfully profess to value the primary principles that guide my life so long as what goes in my mouth on a daily basis declares that profession as a lie. I have no recourse now but to be a vegan, or admit that everything I value is a falsehood that I tell myself so that I can pretend to be a good person.
Any advice on the topic would be appreciated, but starting today I’m removing myself from the demand for the supply of animal products.