You know what, I just remembered the story of how one of my raw food vegan friends became vegan.
He attended a personal development weekends with Tony Robbins (vegan). If you haven't been on one of those retreats, then imagine: people breaking down, crying, opening up, healing, blahblahblah. A lot of deep, soul searching stuff.
At the end of this weekend of healing and reclaiming your inner power, what did Tony do? He showed them a three hour video. Of cows, chickens, pigs and all our other farmhouse friends, being raised in battery farms, and slaughtered mercilessly. After which he launched into a vegan diatribe. My friend became vegan after that weekend. It was 10 years ago.
Funnily, it never occurred to him that showing a video like that to people who were raw and vulnerable after a weekend of psychotherapy might be manipulative.
Don't know if Tony Robbins is a conspirator, but I certainly think he's a dick.
“I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, because I took them one time, and you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours going, "My God! I love everything." Yeah, now if that isn't a hazard to our country..."
― Bill Hicks
"Sometimes eating the wrong food with the right attitude is a better choice than eating the right food with the wrong attitude... That’s how powerful the mind and the heart can be in the healing process."
- Chris Kresser