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Betrayal – 28 August 2006

In my last two Blogs I wrote about celebrities and their participation in and their endorsement of dubious activities – becoming spokespersons for the pharmaceutical industry, getting involved in cattle ranching, soliciting for “disease charities” that fund animal-utilizing biomedical research….

The support and promotion of such activities by anyone is bad enough, but when it comes from those who have led others to believe that they are somehow “enlightened,” it becomes a double betrayal: betrayal of humans who look up to them, as well as betrayal of other animals.

I’m sure the temptations in this world are great, especially for those in the limelight. (The New American Standard Bible version of the New Testament mentions the word “temptation” twelve times.)

But when someone the public looks up to backslides, the confusion and damage caused is magnified; and rationalizing to justify does even more harm. Of course “the least among us” – the other animals, who are innocent of all these human manipulations – are the ones who suffer the most.

This type of betrayal always hurts the most vulnerable and the most sensitive – the very ones who must be protected – while rewarding those who are the most destructive.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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