VegInspiration. Guilt and Shame
The guilt and shame perpetrators feel for their violent actions stem from their natural sense of kindness and caring, which they have blocked and are violating. Their attitude toward bystanders may even be indignation: ‚ÄúIf you want to be a vegetarian, that‚Äôs fine, but don‚Äôt tell us what to do.‚Äù While at first blush this seems reasonable, we quickly see that it is only because of the disconnections and bias inherent in our culture. Perpetrators wouldn‚Äôt dare say, ‚ÄúIf you don‚Äôt want to beat and stab your pet dog, that‚Äôs fine, but don‚Äôt tell me not to beat and stab mine.‚Äù We all recognize that we aren‚Äôt entitled to treat others, especially those who are defenseless, however we like, and that if we are responsible for doing harm, people have every right to ask us to stop.