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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.


Serial Killer Training – 21 October 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

While shopping today, my husband Frank and I saw a little boy about two or three years of age sitting in a shopping cart being pushed by his mother. He was dressed in one of those camouflage print outfits that hunters wear and in his hand he proudly held and waved a large plastic toy hunting knife, also decorated with hunter’s camouflage print.

I thought how sad it was that this child – and so many others like him – is being indoctrinated into the mind-set that continues to destroy this earth. Isn’t it evil to teach a child that killing is fun? To harden a child’s heart is to commit evil. I think the following scripture about causing “little ones” to stumble applies in these cases. In Matthew 18:5-8, Jesus says:

5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 "Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!

After coming home, while having lunch, we happened to watch a TV program about a hunter, married and the father of a son, who was secretly a serial killer of women. I started to think: Why isn’t what hunters so proudly do considered serial killing? This would also apply to others who kill animals for whatever reason.

With all the modern discoveries about the workings of the human brain, isn’t it obvious that “practice makes perfect” and that killing can become addictive?

There is no excuse for the evil that is legal and encouraged in this world. For thousands of years there have been a few brave souls who have dared to tell the truth. Why do most people refuse to listen and change? Why do they continue to applaud the very behavior that is destroying the inhabitants – both human and nonhuman – of this planet, as well as the planet itself?

Plutarch, the Greek philosopher and moralist, was one of those who told the truth:

“Were it only to learn benevolence to humankind, we should be merciful to other creatures.”
– Plutarch (46–120 A.D.)
Greek philosopher and moralist

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