If there's one kind of people I really dislike, that would be the zealot. Everyone knows one: the zealot is that person that has found the truth in some cause, thereby devoting his or her heart and soul and - it gets worse - voice to it. To spread the truth, to show others how wrong and misguided they are. The zealots stand for their causes with fierce self-righteousness, and it's exactly this that makes them so fucking annoying - they don't even budge. Their causes vary. Back in the old days, zealots were possessed by religious fervor and would fight to death if that would be necessary. Nowadays, religion is no longer fashionable - not without irony, it's easier to find an atheist zealot today than a religious zealot. But the zealots I'm thinking about usually defend more "earthly" causes; that, however - and unfortunately -, doesn't mean they are less fierce when it comes to defend and preach whatever truth they think they've found. Causes they fight for nowadays usually include the environmnent, in many ways, the animal protection and vegetarianism, something against the USA, the help to the poor, and a thousand different ones. Those zealots no longer fight to death, and no longer use swords, spears and weapons of the sort. One might be tempted to say "fortunately", but I'm not so sure about that: once a zealot starts nagging me and arguing and passing those ridiculous moral judgements just because I didn't cast a bottle into the glass recycle bin or because I'm enjoying my steak, I kinda wish they had a sword and put me out of my misery. Or rather, I wish I had that sword, so I could shut them up for good. Anyway. They don't use weapons anymore; all they do is preach, sometimes yell, sometimes look like clowns in ridiculous public "performances". Never understimate them: once they start preaching, they get annoying faster than I can say "shenanigans". They point their fingers at you, their voice's volume starts arising, and they unleash a barrage of pre-made, pretentiously self-righteous sentences: How dare you not reclycle? How dare you drive your car to work? How dare you use those old-fashioned, energy-hungry incandescent lightbulbs? How dare you eat meat? Have you ever thought about that poor animal's suffering? (really, this one is the most annoying cause) How dare you not give? How dare you not help? You get the point by now. They are not really interested in everyone else's belief: they only want everyone else's guilt. Simple, devious, incredibly vicious. I really can't stand this kind of people. I don't care about what they believe in, or what they fight for. I just can't stand their self-righteous pose - as if they were without sin - and their ability to piss everyone else off.