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Hope – 22 February 2009

Thomas Fuller (1608–1661), English clergyman and historian, said: “If it were not for hope, the heart would break.” He also said: “The great end of life is not knowledge, but action.” I hope he meant positive action; and perhaps he did, since he also said: “He that will not be merciful to his beast is a beast himself.”

I keep hoping that some day soon humans will realize that simply living compassionately toward all creation – toward humans and nonhumans – would bring about the hoped-for results that they spend so much time, energy, and money pursuing. An example of these futile pursuits is the huge amount of taxpayers’ money spent on finding a “cure” for cancers, many of which can be easily prevented by eating mostly unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes. With this simple change to a vegan lifestyle, one actually is more compassionate to oneself as well as to the animals who are spared the cruelty of being farmed or tortured in laboratories.

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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.

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