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Why Animal "Abusers" Aren't Concerned with Offending Us
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Comments by Stephen R. Kaufman - 7 November 2001

Rondy brings up an important aspect of veg. advocacy--alienation.  We who empathize with the horrible experiences of innocent creatures find it difficult to relate to the mainstream crowd, which seems deaf to their cries.  I too find myself alienated to a degree, and this is sometimes painful, but what I find this mostly means is that I don't have many superficial friendships and I have little patience for or interest in the "small talk" that consumes so much of peoples' lives.  I don't find gossip, the weather, or sports conversations (with the idiosyncratic exception of the UConn Huskies basketball team) meaningful, and I feel compelled to focus on matters I find more important and pressing.  My spirituality and activism, while making me feel more alienated from the mainstream human crowd, has made me feel much more connected to Creation and to God.  In the meantime, I have a deep respect and sense of connection with that minority of people who share my passions.  Personally, I wouldn't want it any other way.



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