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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.


Psychopathology – 25 June 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Most people, when they hear the words “sociopath,” “psychopath” or “psychopathology” probably think of “crazies,” “nut cases,” “weirdoes,” “sickos,” “sadists,” etc.

In a nutshell, sociopaths or psychopaths are described as people who lack empathy with others. Yet most humans limit their empathy to include only certain people or certain other animals.

The language used in an advertisement in a local newspaper underscores the point I am trying to make here. This ad, for maps of this state’s streams and lakes, shows a profile of a fish’s head with a prominent eye and open mouth.

The wording in this ad really makes me wonder about the people whose passion is killing fish. Here are some examples: “How anglers stalk and catch record fish. The average big fish has evaded capture over 10 years. Find out which instincts set them apart from smaller fish.”

And it gets worse: “Stalking and catching a trophy requires knowledge of their unique habits and those special times when their guard is down. Armed with this information …you could be in the fight of your life.”

In my opinion, this obsession that so many people have for killing other animals is a very serious character flaw that state governments, who sell fishing and hunting licenses, and businesses are only too happy to promote and exploit.

The following passage is found in 1 John 2:15-17:

15 Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

It’s obvious that those who take pleasure in killing and who try to satisfy their egos by stalking, tricking, and taking the life of God’s creatures, so that they can boast and hang them as trophies on their walls, fall into the category of those who “love the world” as described in the scriptures. This lust for the things of the world proves that they are not followers of God, no matter what they may profess.

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