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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.


Romain Rolland – 25 April 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

One of the greatest of modern French writers, Romain Rolland was born 29 January 1866. Novels, plays, biographies, criticisms and histories of art and music, as well as political essays, are among his works. He also taught at the Sorbonne.

Between 1904 and 1913, Rolland published the twelve-volume Jean-Christophe series of novels for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915. He died 30 December 1944.

The following is a quotation by Romain Roland:

“To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the suffering of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands [now millions] of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.”

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