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Popular Proverbs Applied – 15 March 2007

People from many nations have proverbs or folk sayings that offer words of wisdom. Here are two examples:

The first one is of German origin: “One does evil enough when one does nothing good.” The other one is French: “There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience.”

I was thinking about the worldwide out-of -control increase in factory farms in response to the demand for animal products. Much of this demand is fueled by the spread of global fast-food operations and the copying of eating habits of more prosperous countries by those emerging from poverty. For many people emulating “westernized” populations by eating more flesh and dairy is a matter of status that gives them a sense of “having arrived.”

They “arrive” all right! Welcome to increased rates of heart attacks, strokes, cancers, et cetera, as well as viral diseases!
See: http://www.all-creatures.org/heart/blog-20070314.html 

What has this to do with the two folk sayings I mentioned, you ask? For the first proverb, “One does evil enough when one does nothing good”:

There is nothing good either for humans or for other animals in this “protein frenzy.” In a sense, the evil done to cruelly exploited animals is avenged by the long-term suffering of humans who refuse to do good and instead reinforce the “herding (hurting!) culture” mentality.
See: http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/index.html 

For the second proverb: “There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience”:

Since eating or using the products of cruelty makes one complicit, I wonder how long a person can go avoiding the truth and fooling him or herself in order to have a “clear conscience.” Unless, of course, one has internalized the culture’s hardness of heart to the extent of psychopathology!

"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.

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