Mar 17, 2023

Like so many curious writers out there, I too spent some time using the new ChatGPT AI software tool recently.

I can understand the awe with which so many people have responded to the software. I asked it to write an ode to beer in the style of Virgil and it succeeded, writing: "O Beer, foamy nectar of the gods."

Then I asked it to write the same ode in the style of Shakespeare and it began: "O Beer, thou liquid gold of the earth."

It didn't take me long to turn to something vegan-related and so I asked how I'd go about convincing a carnivore to become vegan. And here's what it wrote:

Convincing someone to go vegan can be a challenging and sensitive topic, and it's important to approach the conversation with empathy and understanding. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Start with common ground: Find areas of agreement and shared values, such as concern for animal welfare, the environment, or personal health. This can help to create a more open and positive dialogue.

Share information: Provide credible information and resources that explain the benefits of a vegan diet, such as reduced risk of chronic diseases, a smaller carbon footprint, and more humane treatment of animals. Share personal stories or examples of individuals who have successfully transitioned to a vegan lifestyle.

Be respectful: Avoid using a confrontational or judgmental tone, and be mindful of the language you use. Instead of criticizing their current diet, focus on the positive aspects of a vegan lifestyle.

Be patient: Changing habits and beliefs takes time, and it's important to be patient and understanding. Offer support and encouragement, and be open to answering any questions or concerns they may have.

Lead by example: Show how easy and delicious a vegan diet can be by preparing and sharing plant-based meals together. Be a positive role model and demonstrate the benefits of a vegan lifestyle through your own actions.

Ultimately, it's up to the individual to make their own decision about their diet and lifestyle. The best approach is to provide information and support, and to respect their choices and beliefs.


Okay, so not as engaging as Virgil or Shakespeare but perfectly reasonable and functional.

I have mixed feelings about this software, as I'm sure any writer would, but if it helps me convert a few people to veganism, I could always use an extra virtual hand.