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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.


Thoughts for Today – 16 September 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Reading the following quotation, which is attributed to Chief Seattle, brought to mind King Solomon’s observation found in the Book of Ecclesiastes of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament):

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.”
– Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe (c.1786–1866)

“For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.”
– Solomon, son of David, in Ecclesiastes 3:19–20

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