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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.


There Ought to Be a Holiday… – 3 March 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

There ought to be a holiday for nonhuman animals. I know there’s a Groundhog Day; but that’s really a day when people use a groundhog in trying to predict the weather. Maybe we should have a day set aside for recognizing how dependent humans are on the “lesser” animals; a day of thanksgiving to thank the Creator for our other fellow earthlings.

Unfortunately, our annual Thanksgiving Day, as well as every other holiday that I can think of, brings out the insensitivity and arrogance of humans. We humans talk about loving our “pets” and other animals; but except for an enlightened few who dare to admit the truth and change their ways, it’s just talk and “business as usual.”

Even Christmas – with all the rhetoric about Jesus having been born in a manger surrounded by farmed animals – is marred by the insensitivity of animal-product consumption and gift-giving. And to add insult to injury, there appears to be an increase in the number of Christmas pageants that use live animals.

Easter, which is coming up in April, is another holiday that, when you stop to think about it, is centered on widespread animal abuse. Thousands of abused pigs have their miserable lives ended so that ham can be served in a pretense of honoring Jesus and His Resurrection! Eggs from chickens held in concentration camps that defy description or crowded in so-called “free-range” sites (what a scam!) are dyed with cheerful colors! And then there are the bunnies bred and sold like so many expendable toys.

There is no end to this world’s evil that lies just beneath a thin veneer of self-delusional whitewash.

Go on to: Animal Abuse to Human Abuse – 4 March 2007
Return to: Fear Makes the World Go ’Round (continued) – 2 March 2007
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