Thank you!

I have been overwhelmed by how many people have viewed my blog, and astounded at the huge range of countries from which people have been logging on. Big up Virgin Islands, South Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brazil, Tunisia, India, Poland, Philippines, Estonia and literally too many other countries to mention whose residents have read my blog. The United States of America is currently racking up the hits faster than my home country, the UK.

Also, thank you for the comments, I haven’t had a chance to read them fully, but I will always publish comments unless they are truly malicious; even then I probably will, fuck it.

It is not my intention to get into debates in the comments section; one of the reasons I started this blog was so I didn’t keep doing that on facebook, but I will try to write articles that cover any points raised in the comments, so if I don’t respond to your point, please keep an eye out, I will probably do so in a blog post at some point. Of course, if you feel I’m not dealing with any points raised, please pull me up on it.

I’d just like to remind everyone that, while I understand that I may cover some topics that are considered controversial, I am not a professional writer, and I didn’t expect so many views from strangers. I am very glad so many of you have looked at my work, and even taken the time to comment, but please remember I am writing down my thoughts because I’m trying to make the world a little bit kinder, starting with myself, and it is not my aim to speak for anyone or to attack individuals, rather to question they dynamics of society and encourage others to question themselves. Take it easy on me!

I welcome all your comments, thank you so much for reading.

Peace and love to all sentient beings.

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A visit from head office

Hello, I’m a business man, and I’m going to take the sales figures from January 2012 and January 2013, draw a line between the two data points, and consider this to be enough for evidence of a trend. I will not take into consideration any environmental variables, such as differing weather conditions and disruption to train services that might have affected business.

I’m also going to open 3 other stores offering the same service as your store within a 2 mile radius, and then wonder why sales at this store have decreased.

In addition, I will express disbelief at the suggestion that people might be shopping at the other new stores that are further away than this one, because it hasn’t occurred to me that they might work closer to these new stores and it might be more convenient for them, and I think that everybody just teleports home from their desks every evening, rather than having to commute, which might indeed involve traveling past aforementioned new stores.

During this entire encounter, I will fail to introduce myself to you or ask you your name, because I am far too busy ensuring that my every thought and behaviour is an act of metaphorical masturbation.

It is this skill set that means I deserve more money than you for doing my incredibly important job.

Good day.

Why am I doing this?

Because I am not a good enough person.

I want to record my thoughts and explain and explore my position on a range of subjects; obviously veganism, science, racism, feminism, homophobia, disability and philosophy will crop up a lot, but I hope not to limit myself in any way, and to be honest I don’t really know what direction this will take. I will most likely write 1 or 2 posts, then forget about the account until about 2015. But it’s worth a try.

I want to do more to leave the world a slightly nicer place than I found it. I feel I am not doing very much to achieve that. I am hoping that keeping a blog will enable me to try to convince others to live a kinder, more reasonable life, remind me to do the same, and to act as a catharsis for my constant feelings of guilt about not being very nice a lot of the time.

Regarding veganism, I realise that my views are not particularly popular, even amongst my liberal, left-wing, kind hearted group of friends. I find this very hard to deal with, and I am hoping that putting my thoughts down a bit more coherently will convince some of them to change their eating habits, but most of all, I am tired of repeating myself on forums like facebook, and hope to create a collection of work that people can read at their leisure, rather than having to ask me individually over and over again. And obviously I want a book deal.

This blog will not be limited to just vegan topics, though obviously that is one of my priorities, not only because I think it is hugely important, but because I have something to atone for.

I ate meat and other animal products well into my adult life, and well after I knew better, and I am still learning and trying to alter my behaviour to be as harmless as reasonably practicable.

There are many things I need to think through more clearly, and many things I want to say to people, and I am hoping that writing them down will enable me to do this; when I am posting on people’s threads on facebook, I can see why they may feel personally singled out by me. I hope this blog will allow me to make my point more generally, and not aim it at specific people, but for anyone who has felt singled out by me before, please understand that all the judgements I have made about omnivores are ones I have made about myself, and that when you want someone to change harmful behaviour, it is inevitable that they will feel uncomfortable. If I told you you weren’t doing anything wrong, you wouldn’t think about changing. It is my intention to make people uncomfortable about animal use, and this does make my life very difficult; please bear with me.

So anyway, I hope this goes some way towards explaining why I have made this blog, which I hope will help me be a better person, make me happier, improve the lives of all sentient creatures and save the planet, all without sounding like a self-indulgent, first-world problem, massive prick.

Easy as chips.