There are those who suggest that all vegans should be activists. I have to say that in an ideal world I agree with this. It does though come with a few conditions, certainly where outreach is concerned.
Ineffective or bad activism is worse than no activism. People who have not taken the time to educate themselves properly, who accuse the very people they are trying to educate of being murderers or planet killers only give the rest of us a bad name. Sorry, this is a little extreme but you hopefully get my point..
Outreach is an art form, I fully admit I am still a work on progress, but I am considered and I practice regularly. Each time I am out there I improve but I was never a bad activist.
Long before I took to the streets I researched, I watched people on You Tube, I read, I listened, I learned.
What we are doing is so important. You may only ever get one chance with that person and if you get it wrong, if you are aggressive, you will push them in the other direction and you will enhance the stereotype that we are all members of an angry cult.
I respect anyone who wants to get involved with activism and encourage everyone I can to do so, but being vegan doesn’t automatically make you an effective activist. Far from it in fact, and especially if you are not able to control your passion, your emotions or yourself.
The first time you ride a bike you’ll probably fall off. If you were let loose in a car without an instructor you’ll probably crash. Everything needs to be learned and especially something this sensitive.
There are some amazing outreach activists out there. Go along to an event (or five) and shadow them if you can. Listen to them; ask them questions when they are not speaking to anyone.
Watch as much as you can on You Tube, practice on your friends and family and only when you’re sure should you take to the streets.
And be honest with yourself, not everyone will be cut out to speak to the public. There are other activism avenues you can go down, ones that might suit you better.
We are all working towards the same goal. Lose your ego, empathise, accept your limitations and do what’s best for the greater good.