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From 26 November 2003 Issue

Thanksgiving message of Criticism, Death, and Beauty
By Robert Cohen

People often ask why I work seven days each week,
eighteen hours each day. My voice of opposition
to the dairy industry is now echoed by thousands of
physicians and health practitioners. The message of
vegetarianism has become one of compassion to both
animals and humans. By eating animal proteins, we
destroy human tissues and compromise cardiovascular
and skeletal systems. The high rates of cancer, heart
disease, osteoporosis, asthma, diabetes, and other
human disorders can be directly traced to the
consumption of animal flesh and body fluids. Milk has
been called "liquid meat," and concentrated dairy
products such as cheese and ice cream are the
unhealthiest weapons of mass destruction known to
humankind.

Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's
assassination. I recently found a speech that Kennedy
was scheduled to deliver at the Dallas Trade Mart, some
30 minutes after he was killed. Within the talk that
never was, is a quotation that touched me. Kennedy was
to have said these words:

"There will always be dissident voices heard in the
land, expressing opposition without alternatives,
finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on
every side and seeking influence without responsibility.
Those voices are inevitable."

I try to be a voice of both dissent and inspiration.
I criticize, but I also teach, by offering alternatives.

Eighty years before JFK's speech was to have been made,
in her Ministry of Healing (page 251), Ellen G. White wrote:

"Those professed Christians who are constantly complaining,
and who seem to think cheerfulness and happiness a sin, have
not genuine religion. Those who take a mournful pleasure in
all that is melancholy in the natural world, who choose to
look upon dead leaves rather than to gather the beautiful
living flowers, who see no beauty in grand mountain heights
and in valleys clothed with living green, who close their
senses to the joyful voice which speaks to them in nature,
and which is sweet and musical to the listening ear--these
are not in Christ. They are gathering to themselves gloom
and darkness, when they might have brightness, even the Sun
of Righteousness arising in their hearts with healing in His
beams."

Today I begin to shop for my Thanksgiving meal. For me, the
gathering and preparation of ingredients to dishes is
a fun event. I visit dozens of stores, looking for the
freshest and most unique components to my feast.

To appreciate all of our gifts on the day of Thanksgiving,
is to celebrate life. To prepare dozens of vegetarian
dishes using grains and beans, fruits and vegetables, is
to teach our families and our children that nature's
bounty is infinitely pleasing to both sight and palate.

Be a voice of criticism by teaching those who sit at
your Thanksgiving day table that grandmotherly advice
which is so deeply ingrained within our traditions,
reinforced by ignorant teachers, was wrong. Turkeys
and hams and cheesecake were not the meals eaten by
Pilgrims. Purchase and cook three different kinds
of squash, ten varieties of vegetables, multiple
grains, and on this day, allow America's most
celebrated meal to be served with compassion and
good taste.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com

 

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