“Bein’ Green” was sung by Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street when I was young. The message of the song is that we should resist those outside voices telling us whom we should be, and instead develop the unique gifts we each have to offer. One of the first steps in ethical development is becoming comfortable with ourselves, so that we can be active participants in society and so that we don’t feel threatened by those who are different. Since I started following a vegan diet a couple of years ago, however, the phrase “It’s not easy being green” has developed yet another meaning for me. For my installation Sunday, I’d like to share some of the personal experiences and lessons I’ve learned from becoming vegan—particularly, what it teaches me about becoming comfortable with ethical choices, and what being different from many of my friends and family teaches me about “bringing out the best in others” when you disagree. Many folks join Ethical Societies seeking the fellowship of like-minded individuals, yet we can only be a vital Ethical Society if we also recognize, respect, and welcome the many ways in which we are different.