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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.


Cover-up – 8 February 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Have you noticed how most people cover up the flavor of flesh foods with seasonings and marinades? I don’t know of very many people who eat raw, unseasoned meat, fish, and eggs – oysters, perhaps – do you?

Yesterday I wrote about the “smell of death.” It seems as though most people learn to cover up that smell of death in order to make animal products more “appetizing.” The consumption of animal products is a learned habit that is passed on from generation to generation.

Fear plays a role in this process – the fear of appearing “different” if one doesn’t partake of what others eat, or the fear of not getting enough protein or calcium. These “protein” and “calcium” myths, promulgated by the powerful flesh and dairy industries and backed by the government, have been around for many decades.

The truth that broccoli, as an example, contains more protein per calorie than meat, or that the eating of fruit and vegetables results in stronger bones, is “covered up,” one might say.

To paraphrase something that Mark Twain said, “A lie goes around the world in the time it takes the truth to get its boots on”!

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Go on to: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – 9 February 2007
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