Truth vs. Happiness of Children


This is a very serious topic which I’m hoping to cover in a future hangout with my vegan pals like Poffo and Guyus. A situation happened where I was playing Minecraft with one of my mom’s piano students. He was playing on his iPad and I on my computer. While we’re building things in Minecraft he starts talking about his dog. Somewhere in the conversation he made a statement that “everybody loves dogs”. Because I was playing the game and because I speak to him the way I do anyone else, I simply corrected him by telling him: “Not everyone, in China they boil them alive and eat them.”. He freaked out a little bit at the time but I didn’t say any more about it. However, my mom thinks I should not have said it to him because he’s a child and is not ready to be traumatized by the truth of the world.

Now of course I’m going to try not to bring up such things when he comes over to play video games with me, but only because I don’t want bad results to come from it. I don’t want any trouble with my mom or his parents if he mentions something I’ve said to them.

At the same time, there wasn’t anything false about what I said either. Perhaps the timing was bad but at the same time I personally don’t believe that there is anything wrong with pointing out that it simply is not true that everybody loves dogs. Many kill them and/or abuse them in other ways. I have talked with Jamie about this as well and of course he finds it terrible but at the same time I can speak to him as an adult and not worry about what his parents think.

So my mom may have a point in that I can’t just talk to kids the same way as I do adults. But still this makes me deeply uncomfortable because in my mind I see it as a sort of discrimination if I am to carefully calculate what I can and cannot say to someone just because they are a kid and might be traumatized by something.

The issue here is that I’m not the bad guy for telling someone, whoever they are, for telling the truth about what is done to dogs or any other animals. The people causing the problem are those actually doing the harm to those animals.

But I am deeply worried now because of this. I fear that I may need to avoid children as much as possible because I won’t know which things I can say that their parents approve of or not. I can’t read people’s minds like neurotypical people seem to be able to do.

I also learned something else from this experience. I should never be a parent. In the past I’ve often dreamed about someday adopting someone assuming I was retired and wealthy enough to do so. However if I have to spend the rest of my life worrying about what I can say to them or not, then it’s just something I can’t do. Additionally since it’s pretty much guaranteed that I would be a single parent, a child would be better off being adopted by another family than me.

This makes me very sad in a strange way. I’ve often thought about how much good it can do to adopt someone and I’ve often mentioned in podcasts why people should be adopting children rather than producing new ones, but just because it’s something good to do does not mean that I personally am equipped for such a task.

I see now that a person who constantly tells the truth is a threat to the short time of happiness that children can have.

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Art Revival


Chandler Klebs Art

I’ve made the decision that now is a good time to do something with my old art blog that I created years ago but abandoned when I quit doing art years ago. Some things happened in my life and I was too distracted to do art regularly. But things are different now. I’m trying to make my art a serious career. Here are a few things I’ve done recently.

On 11-24- 2017, I Published my first art book which I called “Chandler Klebs Art Volume 1“. It’s probably not the most fancy title but that describes it well. It’s available as a paperback book for $30. I think it’s a good price considering how much is contained in it.

In fact, I’m so confident that people will buy it once they see it, that I’m going to do something unusual. I’m going to make it downloadable here so…

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Stressed Out Rant


Life is hard. Working takes far too much mental energy trying to please everyone and obey all their demands. I face this at work and then when I’m home my mom wants me to do things and I can’t follow directions right and I get yelled at. I’m just sick of it. This is just one reason I had to quit doing the podcasts like I was for the past few years. I also had a big blow up with Monique and told her the Celibate Vegan Voices show is off until further notice. It’s a miracle if I can even survive working at Hy-Vee and helping my mother with all the things I can’t do.

And besides that, what good has it done that I’ve talked about the controversial topics through podcasts, books, and social media. It hasn’t changed the immeasurable suffering humans inflict on each other and and billions of animals. I hope I’m wrong and that it does some good but the bottom line is that I see the utter hopelessness of my efforts. It comes down to the fact that I can’t change people including even myself to be the perfect person everyone wants me to be.

As much as possible I’m going to focus on doing what I like. Art, video games, dancing, whatever. And every time someone criticizes me for this, such as Monique recently did, I will just have to cut off ties with them at least temporarily.

And it’s not necessary to go into the details of the problems I have with Monique, my mother, or anyone else. You know why? Because then other idiots will agree with the people who are stressing me out and believe that I’m the problem.

So regardless of what your opinion is or what you think of me, I’m just having this rant so that people know I’m under a lot of stress and it’s probably best not to make me any angrier than I already am. I’m not looking for advice or criticism, constructive or otherwise about what I need to do to fix my life. Improving one’s quality of life depends 100% on how much money they have and how supportive the people around them are.

I would however like to end on a positive note. I recently had a good time at a party with my Hy-Vee coworkers. Joette brought a vegetable tray and some beans with no meat added that she knew I would eat. At least the people I work with are generally supportive of my convictions as a vegan. Sure they may not understand the reasons behind it, in spite of my quite public explanations online, but they are generally good people who treat other humans well even if they pay others to murder animals for the sake of their taste buds or false beliefs about protein.

I believe this post will be helpful to my true friends who will know I’m having a hard time so that they can possibly understand. However in the event that someone leaves stupid comments I will most likely delete them. Then they will know the frustration of realizing they’ve wasted their time. More than anything that is the frustration I feel.

At least I do have good times in life with my coworkers and doing my geometric art or playing some Minecraft with Jamie and WSD. I will do what I can to maximize my happeness for my own sake and for everyone else because I don’t want to take out my frustrations on others. I know I’m not perfect that that I say unkind things when I’m too upset. I apologize for those I have hurt in this way in spite of the fact that I also cannot be literally blamed. The understanding that none of us are responsible for our thoughts and actions because we don’t cause our own parents to have sex in the first place or raise us the way they did has been a helpful understanding to me in my own emotional health. And of course helping others to understand this was what the Free Will, Science, and Religion podcast was about.

But perhaps sometimes people are unable to understand this and think that my challenging the belief in free will, advocating veganism, or exposing religion for the fraud that it is, that I’m just doing to be mean to them. Nope, that’s not it at all. I just want them to be spared the suffering that comes from incorrect thoughts and actions.

Is Veganism a Matter of Choice? 


Daily Negativity

When people say that being vegan is a choice, I assume what they mean is that being vegan is not something which is morally required or even morally better than any other alternative; that is, it really doesn’t matter whether one is vegan or not. Certainly, there are some things in life which are, in this sense, a matter of one’s choice or preference. For example, the question of how one grows their hair is a matter of choice. We should have the right to grow and style our hair to whatever length and fashion we prefer. Similarly, we are told that we have an equal right to eat and wear whatever we prefer; therefore being vegan is just a choice, no different from choices concerning hairstyle.

If there is no obligation for us to choose a particular hairstyle, why should there be any obligation to choose a particular diet?…

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Net Neutrality


Jamie Soden​ told me about the Net Neutrality issue. I then read some stuff about it. If they remove the Net Neutrality laws, then your internet service provider can decide to not allow you access to websites that they disagree with. Good bye to freedom of speech. Good bye to political opinions that the companies don’t want you to see. I don’t know if this petition will do any good or not but people need to know about it in case it destroys the internet as we know it. This could lead to the destruction of Facebook​, YouTube, or anything else important like vegan activism if the company you pay for internet decides to not allow you to view or post things on it.

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Holiday depression


While everyone else is being all happy and enjoying time with their family on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, my experience has been the complete opposite. No matter what happens, I am constantly depressed about all the evil in the world, especially that which the human race does. They have no problem with killing animals and often mock the vegans who refuse to add to the problem.

A lot of people may understand that animals have to die when they eat meat but they don’t understand that it’s not possible to run an animal industry based on profit. They kill the males because they can’t get milk or eggs from them. It’s simply business logic. If they didn’t kill them and instead tried to care for them all as pets, there would literally be billions of bulls and roosters which would have no place to go. And no human, not even a billionaire could afford to take care of them. The only way not to kill them is to never breed them in the first place!

And if people eat plants and stop eating the animal products, then there will be no domesticated animals in the first place. There may still be issues of overpopulation in the wild where they reproduce past their space and food supply but the majority of animals on the planet only exist because stupid humans breed them.

And the truth is I have been rather depressed this season. As I am forced to work and touch all of the murdered birds and pigs, I am reminded just how evil humanity is. Not that they had a choice in the matter, considering the lack of free will. But I still desire for the entire human race to either change entirely or go extinct my non-procreation until none are left.

The truth is that I don’t see any future for life on this planet. I want to respect the lives that are already here but not doom them to a painful death by creating them in the first place.

Few people understand my position because they think that respecting life means to create more of it. On the contrary, our focus should be on pain reduction. For what good is living when you are in pain.

My only relief from these thoughts is when I’m doing some form of art. I recently ordered a proof of my latest book which is full of art I made in Inkscape. In the best case scenario, my art will become a career in which I actually make some money doing what I am talented at. And the more money I have, the more I’ll be able to advance the work of other vegan activists by helping them financially. That is my dream. I’ll do the best I can to reduce the pain in this world and try to enjoy what little beauty is left.

What’s going on.


It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on this blog. I haven’t actually been writing because I’ve been busy with tons of other stress in life. However when I do get any free time. I do art in Inkscape. I’m hoping to go professional and make some money doing what I’m good at. In this post I am attaching 60 of my best images. If you see this and think I could design something for you for money then please comment or email me at chandlerklebs@gmail.com