Hi Elizabeth,This was my first taste of your podcast - I found out about it through your guest appearance on Gary Francione's podcast. I really like your message in this one. It rings so true for me. I've been advocating for animal rights for quite a few years now, and I still have trouble controlling my emotions when confronted by these sorts of situations. I had to smile when you mentioned that you thought about the other fellow at your stall and what he must have thought - I've thought about that many times myself when someone extremely aggressive starts an argument with me during my advocacy when other people are around.I've learned over the years to better recognize when someone is venting. Once I realize this then, just as you said in your podcast, it's a matter of identifying what you can learn from that person and from the experience. And any sort of verbal engagement is unlikely to be productive, so I like to tell them (assuming I've kept my cool ;o) that I recognize we are unlikely to agree on this issue but I'd be willing to explore their assertions in a respectful dialogue, should they so chose to reciprocate. I remember telling a fellow once (after trying to counter his arguments and having him speak over my words) that he was disrespecting me so there was no point in us talking any further. It's interesting how that changed his tone :o)Thanks for the podcasts - I've heard two so far and they're really good. I've been toying with the idea of starting my own and I think your example is helping me to overcome my inertia :o)Cheers, and thanks for all that you do for those who can't speak for themselves. - Niilo (Canada)
Hi Niilo!thank you so much for listening and for your thoughtful comment, it was extremely helpful and encouraging :-)
Liz,Seeing the pictures from your stall always makes me wish I were one of the passersby in Auckland. I would stop, I would read, and I would awkwardly approach you and Willybear and try to hang out with the awesome vegans.Because anyone with a wall like that behind them MUST be *amazing* people.I'm not one of those passersby, sadly. But I do happen to know that you're amazing. Keep being amazing!Vegan love!Tim
Aw thanks Tim! I wish you could come too. They have taken the wall down. :-(Plan B.........