About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Charlie on Remembering

Charlie writes:

You pack a lot information and thoughtful observations into a small essay with elegantly simple prose.

One of the concerns I have with the "Why did you go vegan?" question is that the final straw is seldom the only one or even the heaviest one.  I went vegan on 4/4/04, after seeing the Chicago premier of Peaceable Kingdom at a Farm Sanctuary conference.  To get to the Farm Sanctuary conference, I first had to read Michael Pollan's NYT piece, "An Animal's Place", almost two years earlier. This led me to Matthew Scully's Dominion, which led me to Farm Sanctuary.  I'd guess that when most people answer the question of why they went vegan, they're thinking of the final straw, and not necessarily the as-important or the more-important ones that came before.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was just having that very same thought in reviewing survey data. Without considering other and perhaps larger straws following the final straw to guide our advocacy could be misleading.