One of the other things that were super interesting to discuss in the seminar was the social pressures that we feel from family or friends, and how is best to live aligned if you know in your heart that you've got vegan values, and also how to approach the obstacles in your life that are blocking your vegan journey.
We also discussed how the concept of identity doesn't change overnight. You can change your clothing style overnight, but not so much your identity. Diet, on the other hand, can change overnight. Since Veganism is not a diet, although there are aspects of the vegan lifestyle we can change overnight, changing your identity can be really scary.
“Your perception of meat being nice is blurred by the likely fact that you are excluded from participating in, or even witnessing the untimely mortal demise of the animals you gluttonously devour.” - Mango Wodzak
During the seminar, we also talked about Veganuary, and how our brains are wired to be able to maintain a vegan lifestyle even after the 31 days of January, since that's how long it takes for our bodies to embrace and get used to the change. We talked about values, morals, and how one is most likely to stick to a vegan lifestyle if one does it for the right reasons. Finally, we discussed the morality of having animal products if one does not notice that a certain product contained an animal product, and how to overcome these setbacks as a vegan.
I was very impressed with this seminar, because it wasn't the usual 'here's-a-video-of-a-slaughterhouse', now watch and weep type-thing. Instead, it was an educational, open-minded seminar, where it didn't even matter if you were vegan to begin with. The goal was to take something from it away with you, and do with it whatever you wanted. Whether that meant bury the subject in the depth of your mind and continuing being a meat-eater or becoming a vegan activist instead, it was entirely up to you.