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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.


Denying Reality – 21 February 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Parker Palmer was a guest on yesterday’s Bill Moyers Journal on PBS television. This was a fascinating discussion, and for today I am going to quote just a few of Parker Palmer’s many observations that impressed me. This is what he had to say about the current financial situation:

“Who didn't know that housing was over-evaluated? That stocks were overpriced? Who didn't know that a system that makes the rich richer while the poor get poorer will someday face a curtain call? We all knew that at some level, just like we know we're going to die. And yet our capacity to deny reality is huge. And I think that we don't want to know what we really know because if we did, we'd have to change our lives. And now we have to change our lives because the whole thing is crashing down around our head.”

Concerning the denial of reality, I think the following statement can be applied to the abuse that exploited animals suffer: People don’t want to know what they really know because if they did, they’d have to change their lives; and very soon they will have to change their lives because the whole thing will be crashing down around their heads with mass pollution and disease.

Do you see the connection? So many people don’t want to be told about the horrors suffered by the farmed animals whose body parts and secretions are a part of their meals. Unfortunately, even when “the whole thing” comes “crashing down around” their heads, and they succumb to diseases caused by their eating habits – the SAD diet (standard American diet) – most refuse to consider “going vegan.”

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