I am a visual learner and thinker. When I calculate days and count hours I use my fingers to keep from losing track. If I’m trying to remember to take the pet to a vet appointment, I will sometimes tie a string to my finger so I wont forget (this is a fool proof trick if I also tie the other end of the string to the pet). When I’m trying to compare and contrast ideas, I often rely on Venn Diagrams.
Venn diagrams are a visual thinker and organizers best friends. After teaching a generation of elementary school students how the overlapping circles can be used as visual tools to compare and contrast, I have evolved into a Venn Diagram master. I have a black belt in unions and intersections.
In the diagram above, the Veganaut Triple Detente is described nicely with six words and three circles… but let me take 600 more words to describe this particular concept.
A detente is an agreement made by opposing groups because it is in their best interest to do so. I came across this concept for the first time in the Piers Anthony book, Triple Detente. In this book Mr. Anthony included a lot less naughty bits than I’d come to appreciate in his Adept series, but as a stand alone book, I thought it was mind blowing. Three opposing alien races strike a surprising deal that solves many of the problems that they were each facing. If your summer reading list isn’t full and if you aren’t opposed to sci-fi, you won’t be wasting your time with this one.
In the vegan world, there is a similar detente that needs to be solidified. First and foremost, lets peek at the word vegan again. It is commonly accepted that a vegan is someone who abstains from anything made from or with animals for compassionate reasons. They go to great lengths to avoid harming or being a part of any system that harms beings weaker than themselves. Compassion is hard to define or quantify, but vegans are truly good people who wish to live simply, so that other animals may simply live.
Environmentalists know that one of the only ways to reverse the downhill tumble we have started is to drastically reduce the amount of animals we make for food. The amount of energy used to make a pound of meat can make around ten pounds of grains and produce. The factory farms and the food production facilities are creating more pollution than strip mining operations. Many environmentalist have given up meat and dairy and started focusing on their foodprint as much as their carbon footprint. They dream of a planet covered by locavore (local-vore) communities that avoid meat and animal related foods because of the damage they do to our sickly planet. These are truly good people who wish to live simply so that we all may simply live.
Thanks to Forks Over Knives, Engine 2, and the rest of the plant-based diet crew there has been an explosion in the number of people giving up meat, dairy and eggs. These people know that dairy is the cigarette of our generation- something that doctors swear is good for you until there is so much proof it is killing you that they change their tune and act like they were against it from the beginning. Plant-based dieters also know that meat, eggs, and anything else made from an animals will damage their bodies and potentially shorten their lives. These are truly good people who wish to eat simply, so that they may simply live.
All three groups are making a huge difference in the number of animals being slaughtered and tested on. All three groups are living differently for compassionate reasons of their own. All three groups lead a lifestyle that benefits the other two groups. We have triple detente.
It is time to shake hands, accept each other for our differences, and benefit from our combined strength in making changes we all want to see. When it comes down to it, whether your compassion is global, personal or in defense of the weak, we are all truly good people- choosing to live simply so that everyone, everything, everywhere, may simply live.