>> Friday, March 7, 2014
Till then... Maybe Oz can learn to type? :D
Almost twenty-five years ago my husband and I bought our first home. We were w-a-y over-stretched financially with all the things we wanted to change/improve "immediately". So... We did what many other new-home owners do - We both worked two jobs. These grueling hours extended through all major holidays from Thanksgiving well past New Years... That didn't stop us from decorating the tree and house though. Even if no one was home to enjoy and celebrate the donning of festivities - Our new home had been decked out just the same.
And so it was that these jobs kept us from taking down the merry and the holly for a considerable amount of time afterwards. We joked that we could have kept the tree up and decorated it with Valentines decor... And the "green" would be perfectly suited for St. Patrick's Day too! But - The decorations managed to get boxed up by February 12th. Barely. And so it happens every year since, that some stray Christmas memory lingers around... A card that comes late in the mail. A hidden, stray ornament... Even the persistent single strand of tinsel that escapes the vacuum cleaner till July makes wrapping up the holidays almost a year-round affair.
I'm not packing the Fa-La-La/Auld Lang Syne memories away just yet this time either. I've one more special gift to mention before I do. You see, I'm an extremely lucky person... As I've mentioned before my veterinarian is vegan (how cool is that?) and I also have the greatest fortune of having neighbors who are also vegan and wonderful bakers too!
On New Years Day we were given the most delicious Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Bites... And before long there were only three left so here's to putting away the last of the holiday cheer, this go-round.
Speciesism The Movie is going to be no doubt, a conversation starter and eye-opener in the non-vegan world. I personally can't wait for it to be released at an event near me. In the meantime you can watch and share seven installments as follows:
1 of 7
2 of 7
3 of 7
4 of 7
5 of 7
6 of 7
And it concludes with 7 of 7
This issue is the ultimate test of our day. It's the pivotal last chance we have to live in a way that is consistent with our intent to civilize ourselves. Recognizing our prejudice against others is a first bold move to progressing as a culture. We must acknowledge the irrefutable evidence that harming others can never be justified. There are *no grounds* to deny nonhumans the benefit of equal fairness and equal kindness. Nothing justifies our use of anyone.
Please, if you are serious about following the values that you cannot argue against - Live as an ethical vegan.
It's no secret that this season is celebrated as a holiday in many cultures. Even we secularists get all cheery and gleeful!
It's a perfect time to renew one's optimism in tomorrow while remembering our connections to the past.
Somewhere along the way most of us had figured out the myth of Santa... I don't know that it made the fun or celebrations any less happy knowing that truth. The lights, candles and glitter still sparkled. The pine and cinnamon scents still smelled inviting. The cards and gifts were still a delight to receive... And to give. Discovering that our parents ate "Santa's" cookies and hot-chocolate didn't scar many of us permanently. But what it might have done is to cause the first fissure that enabled us to question more untruths.
It's rather perverse to warp truth. It's an evil kind of trickery in lying to the vulnerable. All that trust we had put into the hands of adults to give us the tools necessary to function in a world where reason is critical, was betrayed... For - What? For "fun"? And still, it's much, much worse when the lies cover up harm to others...
The truth we found was that without the myths of the Easter Bunny - The spring flowers are just as colorful. Without the Tooth Fairy - The reward of "adult" teeth was just as exciting. Without believing in Cupid - Valentines is still special for lovers... Without a turkey - gratitude is
just as - more so sincere. From St. Patrick's to Jack-O-Lanterns - We haven't missed much knowing the truth. In fact... Because we can think more critically - Reality becomes an even more valuable experience to participate in.
When you start with a necessary evil, and then over time the necessity passes away, what's left?
― Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
|Art by Beth Redwood|