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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.


Pork Production – 31 August 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

“Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, slaughtered 27 million pigs in 2005. Pound for pound this number represents, in equivalent human weight, the population of the 32 largest U.S. cities yet only 26 percent of all the pigs that are slaughtered in the country as a whole. North Carolina’s pigs alone emit the waste-equivalent of 40 million people, and essentially none of it is treated.” – From “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice 

Reading this, I thought about all the horrific abuse and slaughter of so many other farmed animals in addition to pigs, and the world-wide increased demand for animal products. How much longer will humans be able to succumb to this insanity without repercussions brought about by their own evil gluttony and self-indulgence on this blood-soaked earth? Is it any wonder that there is such a dramatic increase in obesity, diabetes, and cancer? Add to that the air and water pollution, and bacterial cross-contamination problems, and you have the formula for humanity’s self-destruction.

Before closing, I want to add a comment about the absolutely insensitive restaurant advertisement in this week’s freebie paper: “Pig Roast Party,” and “Live music, live entertainment, volleyball, games, use of pool.” The first thing that came to mind after seeing this ad was the word “uncivilized.” Can you imagine having fun over the tortured remains of one of God’s intelligent creatures?

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