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"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.


“Love all God’s creation….” – 7 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

While looking through an old copy of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s last novel The Brothers Karamazov, published in 1880, I came across this passage in which the Russian Monk, Father Zossima, says:

“Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery of things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with all-embracing love. Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble them, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you – alas, it is true of almost every one of us!”

The world needs more people who are honest enough and courageous enough to speak the truth and to act on it. Talk is cheap. What good does it do to talk about the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries while continuing to keep them in business by purchasing their products? Those who really love animals prove it by going vegan!  

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