I'm an intelligent, deep thinking and highly empathetic individual. I care about my impact on others and the planet. I think it’s important to do what you can in your situation to make the world a better place and be considerate and responsible towards others living in it. I believe in representing the downtrodden and opposing violence and injustice.
Why I'm vegan:
I'm particularly passionate about
Animal Rights and Women's Rights. I'm morally opposed to using sentient beings as property/resources/commodities. “The value of a sentient life is not measured in its utility to others, but in its immense, irreplaceable value to the being whose life it is” –Joanna Lucus.
Scientists have declared that non-human animals have the same kind of conscious awareness as humans (which makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint, consciousness is advantageous in keeping one alive! And people seem to forget that humans are animals too!).
In this point in time, it is perfectly possible to live without using other animals for *anything*. We continue to do so only out of habit, convenience or for pleasure. These are not morally justifiable reasons to enslave, torture and/or murder other beings, who value their existence as much as we value ours. Yet we confine and kill over 56 billion land animals worldwide each year for palette pleasure alone (and about 100 billion aquatic animals!). To use animals or consume animal products is needless cruel violence. If we are against slavery/oppression on the basis of an arbitrary factor such as race, gender or age, then it is logically consistent to be against it when it comes to persons of other species too. Being more powerful than another individual/group does not give us the right to treat them as a thing or resource.
I don't agree that humans are superior to to other animals and therefore entitled to privilege over them, any more than men over women, or whites over other races (etc). I believe in respect and equality for all, not in hierarchies of power based on arbitrary factors.
Every sentient being deserves the right to legal personhood, affording them bodily integrity, freedom and protecting them from harm and exploitation. That is what I mean by rights
If you could live in a way that minimises or eliminates harm and still be happy and healthy, then why wouldn't you want to do that? That is why I am Vegan. Veganism isn't simply an objection to the way animals are treated, it is an objection to their *use*: a rejection of speciesism. It doesn't just refer to eating animals, but to owning them as property and using them in any context (lab subject, entertainment, fashion etc). If it's wrong to do it to a human child, it's wrong to do it to a non-human animal.
I'm also highly concerned about the environment and climate change. I'm always trying to reduce my impact. I don't own a vehicle, never fly anywhere and rarely go anywhere I can't walk to! I'm of course vegan (animal agriculture-aka the industrialised slavery of sentient beings-is an ecological disaster that produces more green house gas emissions than all the world's transport combined!-All for products we don't even need!) and I don't intend to breed (human overpopulation is a massive problem).
I'm highly sensitive , which is a mixed bag, but enables me to enjoy the wisdom that comes from being deeply insightful, reflective, creative/artistic and highly principled. I'm an honest and deeply caring person of integrity and compassion. I wear my heart on my sleeve and hate any sort of confrontation/conflict.
I'm a classic intellectual introvert: I love reading, writing, thinking, learning, being creative and spending time in nature and with non-human animals. I prefer deep conversations and intimate connections with a few selected close individuals, rather than shallow/casual connections with many acquaintances. I enjoy peace, quiet and a slower pace to life.
My idea of a good time is a vegan dinner party with a couple of close friends for stimulating conversation, board/card games and laughs. Or an evening in with someone special or simply alone with a good book! I prefer to spend most of my time with my partner when I have one and alone when I don't, seeing friends sparingly. I need my alone time. (As you will understand from the next section, socialising takes a lot out of me and I need time to recover).
I love being in nature, particularly dog walks in the forest or by the coast.
Very much into my clean living, I don't drink alcohol, smoke or drink caffeine and I like to eat healthily. I'm a rationalist, atheist anti-theist, animal lover, who doesn't want children.
I'm here looking for a potential life partner not "just a bit of fun". :)