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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.


Superstition – 13 June 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is Friday – the 13th of June. People joke about the superstition that equates Friday the 13th with bad luck. In this day and age, most people consider themselves to be too enlightened and sophisticated to believe in superstitious nonsense.

Yet, they fall for the propaganda from the powerful flesh and dairy industries and instill the fear-based myths about “health” and “nutrition” into their children. For example, the popular notion equating “protein” with animal-derived products is ubiquitous – a knee jerk conclusion. This myth is akin to superstition which is based on fear and ignorance. The fear factor is two-pronged: fear of risking health and fear of what family and friends might think. They never stop to think about the enormous strength of herbivorous animals such as elephants and cattle; or about the cows who produce milk to feed their calves (unfortunately, humans steal their milk and their calves) – all without eating the meat, milk, or eggs of other animals.

Add to all of this the horrendous cruelty inherent in the production of these “animal foods” and the complicity of those who either don’t know or who want to believe the lies about “happy” farmed animals. The powerful meat, egg, and dairy industries and their lobbyists are only too happy to keep the truth hidden away while they rake in their ill-gotten gains.

Isn’t it incredible how humans who have advanced so far technologically remain so far behind when it comes to simply facing the truth about something as basic as the “food” they consume and the suffering they cause?

When it comes to these lies that are merely modern superstitions, Mark Twain’s comment still rings true: “A lie goes half way around the world before Truth puts on its boots.”

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