I know exactly how you feel its hard.
Nice one Harold. I guess its hard when you know you offend people you care about. I'm a bit of a newbie so Im sure I will have your attitude at some point.
Facebook actually is a very bad way of pushing the animal rights/eating vegan lifestyle. It is seem as in the same light as politics, guns, and any other rant that people will eventually block you or make you just annoying to them. That is not what you want. If you want to convert people, you need to do it on the personal level and not in groups. They will only attack you in a group because group mob mentality takes over. You need to plant seeds with people and not throw them under a bus all at once. You need to live a life that proves that your actions and health reflect your words. Remember that they grew up in their environment that they did too and were brainwashed that getting meat is part of your tradition and it is also tastes good. I would start with the health aspects of being vegan first before animal welfare and showing them movies of animal torture. Remember critics are going attacking you because you set yourself up for it by your approach. Society is not going to change for you by calling them names. Instead of posting general posts and videos, just send them to your family and friends that are interested directly to their emails so it is keep personal between you and them. This prevents them from feeling outed by their family and friends by liking and commenting something positive on that post. You nor I can save animals from getting slaughtered as we speak no matter how passionate that we want to show the world that we are. If you come at it from compassion and caring about that person, you are alot more likely to convert them. Give people time. We are not going to change the world in 1 day or 1 year. Talk to people in real life that are sincerely interested. DOn't waste your time with asses. Converting 1, 2 50 people in your life to becoming vegan would be a great accomplishment and if they do the same, then we will have real change. Good luck!
you best move right now is silence on fb. You have probably ruined your welcome. WHen you do go back, post about some vegan meal that you had, put the recipe with it if you know it of course. Talk about how some local restaurant had great food. That you had a vegan burrito that was so good that even a meat eater would appreciate the taste. Don't overdo it though. Maybe once or twice a week. Keep it positive and upbeat and do the same in real life. Positive energy rubs off on people.
Thanks Vincent, yes upbeat sounds like the way to go. I just hope I haven't damaged relationships that mean something to me. :(
I did post a mac n cheese pics and recipe the other day (not very high raw vegan I know ;)), and got lots of likes!
My mother in law and a few close family members have taken the most offence to my posts. I REAAALLY hope I can win them back, and they dont think Im some arrogant twat.
They will become curious and maybe give it a try. One great experience will lead to another and so on.
use NVC and talk about the importance of no shame and no blame , break out the circle of life wheel