The Smell of Death
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The Smell of Death – 7 February 2007
This morning, in a market where we do some of our food shopping,
the cashier, noticing that all our purchases were vegan, mentioned to
us that years ago she had become vegetarian when she had worked in a
restaurant where the odor of meat cooking made her sick.
After hearing this, I began to think of a news story I had read about
rescue workers who were retrieving the bodies of tsunami victims. The
smell of death had turned many of those workers vegetarian, which made
their job easier. Most likely they associated the smell of death with
that of meat in the markets, just as we have. One of the survivors of
this tragedy had also mentioned that, after smelling death, she had lost
her taste for meat.
Maybe one of the reasons I’m so fond of winter is because I don’t
have to smell the outdoor carnivorous cooking that warm weather ushers
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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