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Leading Lambs To Slaughter January 20, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Mindfulness, People.
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3D-CowIn the recent post, Targeted Thinking, I included a few questions from The Book of Questions, including:

73.  Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow?

Do you eat meat?

Those questions reminded me of a blogging exchange from last September.

As summer waned, Cecilia wrote a post about sending animals from the farm to slaughter:

Are you sometimes very tired as the autumn approaches. The time for moving animals off to the abbatoir, the weight of the choices that are mine. Their eyes sit in my eyes. We blink.

Askance.  That is the word that accompanies your look.  You look at me askance, but you see – it is OK not to get it right all the time.  It is OK to sit down and think what am I doing. Am I doing it right. Can I do it better. Do I need to bother.  It is OK to say – what do you think? It is!

Do You Ever Think in Words?  (The Kitchen’s Garden)

In response to the questions she raised, I replied:

OK . . . here’s what I think.  I could NOT do what you do.

Raising animals for food makes no sense to me.  If your heart is heavy at the idea of taking your animals to the abbatoir . . . maybe your heart is telling you that you are “not doing it right”?

“If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Life is life ~ whether in a cat, or dog, or man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” ~ Sri Aurobindo


Following the exchange, I became a less frequent visitor to Cecilia’s blog ~ it hurts my heart to get to know her animals and then see them marched off to slaughter.

Do listen to your heart if it asks you to make changes.

Consistency is over-rated.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”   

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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