“In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man’s, I find the result humiliating to me.” ~Mark Twain
For us “humane-beings” who believe (tell ourselves) we care about our environment, nonhuman and human animal rights, and promote Peace on Earth, that are not yet Vegan — clearly our cognitive dissonance is rearranging the recycled deck chairs on our Titanic!
Cognitive dissonance (CD): The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
Our Human-Centric Cognitive Dissonance
We human animals excel at denying that we have inconsistent thoughts (conflicting beliefs) by minimizing the importance of the conflicting belief that is most disruptive: fears of being different, inconvenienced, and/or isolation from our herd. Our most glaring example is that we live in a meat and dairy (MAD) consuming world, and yet claim to love nonhuman animals!? Clearly, for the majority of our human herd, we do not love all nonhuman animals. We tend to love the ones that we feel (believe) are attractive or endearing in some way; especially those who love us back! Human rights and Peace activist know this phenomenon well — we do this with human animals also; especially when we want something from them!