As a vegan of 14 years and someone who has become accustomed to speaking with vegans and non-vegans alike without drama, I felt that I did not need to read Melanie Joy's new book, Beyond Beliefs. I was wrong. This is a book about relationships, identifying systems in relationships, identifying power relationships and ways that we communicate, communicate badly, and communicate well. And that's just the beginning! It also helps people identify and deal with STS: Secondary Trauma Stress. It's a useful book for practically everyone, especially activists and vegans, as the subtitle says. I highly recommend this book. Kudos and thank you Melanie Joy for writing this useful, engaging, thoughtful, analytical, enlightening and compassionate book. I think it has the power to improve the happiness of a lot of people, myself included, and gives us tools for understanding one another, and opening doors to clearer and cleaner communication.
The book is also leading me towards having more compassion for myself.
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