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What Is “Normal”? – 2 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

In his book “The Real Forbidden Fruit,” Jeff Popick writes about society’s fondness “…for The Big Lie, in which meat eaters have no label….”

He goes on to say that this “…would be replaced by truth if more people embraced veganism. In such a new era of truth and harmony, meat might be called flesh, and flesh would be seen as a product of violence. After all, what is more violent than killing? What is considered normal and mainstream today would be considered repulsive, cruel, barbaric and even criminal, as might over right is a necessary tool of the flesh eater.”

Further, Jeff Popick writes: “As society moves toward veganism, it will become ‘normal’ to be vegan. No need for a label. The word ‘normal’ will not be defined solely by the number of participants, as it is now, but with society’s alignment with truth.”

Reading Jeff’s comments brings to mind the warped logic so commonly encountered today among those who use words such as “culture” and “tradition” to excuse the cruelty of some groups of people who resist adopting a cruelty-free lifestyle. Do the recipients of their cruelty endure less pain and suffering because of these labels?

The uncivilized behavior of our human ancestors does not excuse our cruelty today; otherwise humans would still be cannibals, eating human flesh and calling it “normal.”

Approximately 2,700 years ago the prophet Isaiah said: (Isaiah 5:20)

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
~ New American Standard Bible

Furthermore, the following quotation is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, who was born in 1452 and died in 1519: "I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men."

Isn’t it about time that people stop the lies and start telling the truth? Eating the body parts and secretions of other animals is evil, and so is any ritual that utilizes other animals – no matter who indulges in these abominations. Some day (the sooner the better) we will all realize that this is not “normal.”

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