For many, veganism is like one of those religious cults. Where, as you “progress,” you gain higher and higher levels of clarity, or stature, or sumsuchshit.
Anyway, I have seen this very same attitude apply to vegans.
“I am not totally vegan, I wear Goodwill wool.”
“I am not totally vegan, I just can’t give up cheese.”
“I am 100% vegan.”
All of these are false.
I am, but.
Veganism today seems like an all or nothing endeavor. You either are or you are not. So, under these pretenses, if you are vegan, but still eat cheese/wear wool/drive a Jeep you are not vegan.
For me, veganism is not a black and white proposition. To me, it is a set of values we can all strive for…yet they are really, honestly, impossible to attain.