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Penguins – 26 November 2006

Last night we watched the much-publicized “March of the Penguins” on TV. As educational and touching as this program is, I couldn’t help but think how these beautiful animals have become fodder for commercial exploiters, three of which aired their ads during commercial breaks. In a short, behind the scenes feature showing the crew who did the photography for this film, curious penguins were shown approaching the people. These intelligent animals, who survive in the harshest environment on earth, had no fear of the humans.

Unfortunately, the penguin becomes just another “cute” animal to capture the public imagination for a while before they’re replaced by another “poster animal.” Remember the Dalmatians? They were all the rage for a while, and the breeders “made a killing” in more ways than one! (“Defective” dogs are just trash to exploiters.)

Humans can’t keep their grubby hands off anything that they can exploit and penguins are no exception.
 


"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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