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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.

 


Calling Evil Good and Good Evil – 20 September 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Early this morning, while preparing our large tossed salad and vegan breakfast smoothie, I thought of how the word “decadent” has become a popular, even glamorous and enticing, adjective used to promote the sale of products. Chocolate is one of those products that comes to mind.

Many people enjoy chocolate and consider it good. Yet nowadays it is often advertised as “decadent” – calling good evil!

On the other hand, something that is hard to come by, produced by cruel means, or inflated in price also seems to qualify as “decadent,” a word derived from “decay” which is synonymous with “putrefy,” “decompose,” “decline,” or “rot.”

Then I thought, isn’t it interesting how a product that should be regarded with disgust, such as foie gras – diseased liver of force-fed ducks or geese – gains the status of a delicacy? The same type of mentality – calling evil good – can be applied to other “foods” (such as veal, which comes from the tortured babies of dairy cows), as well as to wearing apparel and other items (furs, leathers, ivory, etc.).

Who knows? In time perhaps the word “decadent” will come to mean “good.” Then advertisers will have to come up with another “evil” word to make their product seem “good”! (:-))

Go on to: Expose the Truth – 21 September 2006
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