The Vegetarian Hundredth Monkey Effect

As vegetarians we can influence others to go vegetarian, without making a big effort to convert them, through the hundredth monkey effect, powerful because it’s viral

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I’ve been a vegetarian since 1973. My partner has been increasingly more of a “flexitarian,” I like to think because of me. Without realizing it, she’s been cooking a lot more vegan, going weeks without eating animal products. We CAN influence the masses! – R. D.

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Yes, we can influence the masses - one by one, without making a big effort to convert people. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s powerful because it’s viral.

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The hundredth monkey effect comes to mind. When a group with a certain set of behaviors becomes large enough, they have an influence on the behavior of other groups, without any direct contact.

It’s collective consciousness in action. That’s why the number of vegetarians is growing exponentially world wide. It’s why people just wake up one morning and seemingly out of the blue, know that they have to go veg!

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I have had the same experience. My husband eats a mostly vegetarian diet because it's just easier to make one meal for two.

    He's noticed positive health effects, and is perfectly happy with our diet.

    He still orders meat when we eat out, but I've noticed that even then, he's become more moderate – ordering chicken instead of beef, or passing up the meat all together.

    I've deliberately never attempted to control his diet. I think that's a relationship no-no. So his changes are definitely his own.

    PS, might want to be careful about calling your partner "the masses" – she might not take it well.

    -Zoe Kingsbury

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