Since renouncing dairy and meat for ethical reasons, I can’t say I’ve missed any of it. Actually, I picked-up a packet of “Tofu Sausages” for a try, and I regret it. Truly. It was far too close to the actual, and I literally found it creepy. Ewww!
The latest dilemma I’m struggling with is a matter concerning honey and wool.
My veggie-brain is exploding!
Honey: The golden fruits of the honeybees’ labor, and what they rely on during the Winter months, when foraging from blossoms isn’t possible.
:: I’m fine not eating honey. I don’t want to eat it. I want to use it for medicine. I’ve used it in the past on burns and scrapes with my Elflings, and it cures nothing short of miraculously.
Wool: The hair/fiber from sheep, and the coat they’d grown from Spring onward, which kept them warm throughout the Winter months.
:: I am a Fiber Artist, and the fiber I use is wool. It’s actually my livelihood. The majority of my hand-knits are soakers (shorts and pants) made for cloth-diapered children, but I also make hats, fingerless gauntlets, and sweaters. My bread and butter income comes from soakers.
I’ve struggled with the above-mentioned items for the past couple of months. I can’t really call myself a Vegan and continue to use honey or wool. My brain has been continuously weighing options to both honey and wool. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep. For honey substitutes, I like neem (anti-parasitic) and tea tree oil (anti-fungal), but I keep coming up blank for an alternative to wool for soakers.
If I look at this way…
An Ethical Dilemma: I need to choose between honey/wool and their alternatives as moral imperatives;
This works, because I am comfortable avoiding dairy and meat, but feel guilty calling myself a Vegan when I knit-for-hire items made of wool, or cherish the healing abilities of honey. I’m torn.
A Hobson’s Choice: I need to choose between honey/wool and nothing;
This one is totally hardcore, and is infinitely more difficult. *gurgles*
As Logic: A vs B; A ⇒ C; B ⇒ C; Both imply C ∴ we conclude the choice is C;
This one would probably make sense, but I’d really like to know what C represents in my scenario. /sigh
For what it’s worth, I have given away all of my leather shoes, etc. For ages I’ve been only buying products that are not tested on animals, and now I check items for vegan-friendly ingredients only. I don’t miss any of it. I’m just trying to find an alternative that allows me to keep my livelihood/business running in a similarly profitable way.
Maybe there’s something I haven’t thought of yet? I’m still learning…