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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.


Out of Sight, Out of Mind – 10 February 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Do you receive mailings from animal welfare organizations soliciting donations that have something like this on their envelope: “IMPORTANT! This envelope contains no pictures or stories of cruelty to animals.”?

This sort of avoidance of the truth reminds me of a slaughterhouse that has its outside walls painted with pretty pictures reminiscent of “Old McDonald’s Farm” in order to hide the horrific tortures going on inside. As though the avoidance of facing unpleasant reality will make it go away.

I’m afraid there are many “doggie/kitty” people whose compassion does not extend beyond the animals they choose to relate to. That way they can keep indulging in the products of animal suffering. Isn’t it ironic that these same people who “love” their “pets” unknowingly wear imported cat and dog fur trim, which is also sold as “faux” (synthetic) fur?

To turn away from facing the fact that billions of animals suffer excruciating physical and emotional pain – and whose numbers are increasing dramatically world-wide – is to add insult to their injury.

As long as this kind of “out of sight, out of mind” mentality persists, the perpetrators – including very powerful industries that are actually encouraged by such people – will continue to exploit in the worst possible ways those who cannot speak or defend themselves.

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Go on to: Out of Sight, Out of Mind (continued) – 11 February 2007
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